Stephanie Roche netted her first goal of the year and her seventh for Ireland as the Republic’s women’s team completed their Istria Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Costa Rica in Croatia on Wednesday afternoon. 2:29

It only took Stephanie Roche two touches this time to produce a goal that already looks like it could be in the shake-up for the best strike of 2015.R(...)

Stephanie Roche: up against Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez as she battles for top Fifa award. Photo:Cathal Noonan/Inpho 1:08

She has a rather better case for success than 1999’s Time Person of the Century nominee Ronnie O’Brien, but Stephanie Roche may need every last vot(...)

Savannah McCarthy won The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for April. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for April: Savannah McCarthy (Soccer)If at first you don’t succeed . . . a year ago Dave Connel(...)

Glasgow-born Republic of Ireland striker has 22 caps with her adopted country.

Ruesha Littlejohn never really planned it the way it turned out. She was happy enough doing what she was doing, scoring goals for the Scotland underag(...)

Ruesha Littlejohn of Ireland holds off  Melanie Behringer  of Germany   at Voith-Arena  in Heidenheim, Germany. Photograph:  Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images

Germany 2 Rep of Ireland 0Spoiling the German parade before over 7,000 supporters in Heidenheim proved a bridge too far for the Republic of Ireland wo(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Germany v Republic of Ireland Voith Arena, Heidenheim, 5pm Emma Byrne has vowed to ensure her 110th international cap today against Germany won’t be h(...)

Stephanie Roche’s 92nd-minute winner secured the Republic of Ireland a valuable three points in Slovakia to keep them in contention for a World Cup play-off spot.Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Slovakia 0 Republic of Ireland 1Stephanie Roche’s 92nd-minute winner secured the Republic of Ireland a valuable three points in Slovakia to keep them (...)

Republic of Ireland players celebrate  Fiona O’Sullivan’s goal against Slovenia at Tallaght Stadium last night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Republic of Ireland 2, Slovenia 0: A goal in each half from Julie Ann Russell and Fiona O’Sullivan last night to see off Slovenia kept the Republic of(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Sue Ronan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having become the latest Republic of Ireland women’s squad member to venture overseas to pursue her career, France-based Stephanie Roche is aiming to(...)

The Republic’s Denise O’Sullivan scores a last-minute goal to win the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland’s match winner from Saturday’s Women’s World Cup qualifier against Croatia, Denise O’Sullivan, insists anything other victo(...)