Payne Starts As Eileen Gleeson Suffers First Defeat

The girls in green were 2-0 down within the first 25 minutes of the match.

Ballinasloe's Heather Payne started again for the Republic of Ireland as Eileen Gleeson suffered her first defeat as the senior team manager in Tallaght Stadium last night.

The Girls in Green lost 2-0 to Wales, thanks to first-half goals from Jess Fishlock and Lily Woodham.

A fixture at full back for Gleeson, and Vera Pauw before her, Payne picked up her 37th international cap in the contest.

Ireland will be in the hat for the draw for the European Championship qualifiers takes place next Tuesday.

Gleeson says the first half performance wasn't good enough:

Jessica Ziu was named player of the match, but she had no complaints about the result:


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