Ireland left out in the cold in Iceland


Iceland 3 Rep of Ireland 0/Iceland win 4-1 on aggregate:NOEL KING'S Republic of Ireland women's senior side were defeated by 3-0 by Iceland in the Uefa Euro 2009, second leg play-off in Iceland last night. 

Difficult, icy conditions at the Reykjavik venue played a large part for both teams but it was Iceland who adapted better as they scored three goals without reply to secure their place at the finals.

Two goals from Dóra María Lárusdóttir and one from Vidarsdóttir ensured that the Iceland women's team advanced to the finals in Finland next year.

Iceland were ahead after 24 minutes through the boot of Lárusdóttir, who ran on to a half clearance from the Irish defence at the edge of the box, her looping shot dropped dropped under the crossbar to give her side the lead.

The Irish came out after the half-time break with a confident style of play as they pushed up deep and took the game to their opponents.

Iceland doubled their lead on the hour mark, however, as Lárusdóttir crossed from the right and striker Vidarsdóttir was on hand at the near post to nod her effort past Emma Byrne to all but end Ireland's dream of qualifying for their first major finals.

Iceland wrapped up the scoring after 69 minutes as Lárusdóttir grabbed her second of the night, she ran on to a clever through ball and raced past Irish defender, Meabh de Burcha and as Emma Byrne tried to close down her angle, she cleverly powered the ball into the top left hand corner.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Byrne (Arsenal), Moran (Fulham), Fahey (Arsenal), Treacy (Arsenal), de Burcha (Salthill Devon), McDonnell (Boston Renegades), Grant (Arsenal), O'Connor (Birmingham), O'Brien (Jersey Sky Blues), O'Gorman (Stella Maris), Curtis (Bristol Academy). Subs: O'Toole (Raheny) for O'Connor (52 mins), Hughes (Dundalk) for de Burca (75 mins), Roche (Dundalk) for Curtis (85 mins).