On Friday, the Irish women’s football team rounded off their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign with an excellent 4-0 victory over Northern Ireland.
Colin Bell’s side were unable to qualify for next year’s tournament following three group C defeats, but the Girls in Green put in a fantastic display at Tallaght Stadium to comfortably see off their near neighbours.
Despite the fantastic scoreline and tidy finishes, the game was almost marred by a horrific challenge from Northern Ireland’s Kerry Montgomery on Tyler Toland in the middle of the park.
The ball bounced up in front of Toland who got her foot to it first before Montgomery came down on her standing leg, the type of challenge that has seen many footballers suffer severe injuries from.
Montgomery received a yellow card for the incident although she could have easily seen red as the attempt at the ball was both late and high.
'That's a horrific challenge' – Northern Ireland's Kerry Montgomery lucky not to be sent off for dangerous foul on Republic of Ireland's Tyler Toland.
Toland recovered from the challenge pic.twitter.com/UaxWjlzfm4
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) August 31, 2018
Thankfully from an Irish perspective Tyler Toland recovered from the challenge and did not come away with any injuries.
West Ham striker Leanne Kiernan and Arsenal ladies star Katie McCabe both grabbed doubles in the game which Ireland dominated from start to finish.
A fantastic game all-round for the Girls in Green, but one that so easily could have led to serious injury for one of their finest players.
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