We bring to you the live commentary of Group B clash, Canada vs Republic of Ireland. After failing to win their first respective match of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, they would be looking to redeem and give themselves a chance to qualify for the Round of 16 stage. This match is more or less a do or die match for the teams, so it can be expected that it’s going to be a nail biter.
New facts to look forward to :
- Canada have lost only one of their last seven FIFA Women’s World Cup group matches.
- Canada have kept five clean sheets in their last seven FIFA Women’s World Cup group matches.
- Abbie Larkin is the only teenager in Republic of Ireland’s squad.
- In their debut tournament that means that, against Australia, at the age of 18 years and 84 days, Larkin became the youngest ever player for Republic of Ireland at a Women’s World Cup.
Match : 19
Kick off : 10 pm (Local time) and 5:30 pm (IST)
Date : 26 July 2023
Venue : Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, Australia
Referee : Laura Fortunato
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana De Almeida
Assistant Referee 2 : Daiana Milone
4th Official : Akhona Makalima
VAR : Alejandro Hernandez
Assistant VAR 1 : Juan Martinez
Assistant VAR 2 : Neuza Back
Canada vs Republic of Ireland Starting XIs
Canada Starting XI
|17||MF||Jessie Fleming (C)|
Republic of Ireland Starting XI
|11||MF||Katie McCabe (C)|
Canada vs Republic of Ireland Match report
The first half belonged to Ireland from the word go. They didn’t let Canada create many chances in the first 45 minutes and was almost rewarded with a one goal advantage, until Megan Connolly scored an own goal at the brink of half time.
So at the very start of the match Canada conceded an unnecessary corner with them having little knowledge of what was about to come. Kate McCabe, Ireland’s captain scored within 5 minutes straight from a corner with a brilliant left footed inswinger.
It was Ireland’s first ever goal in a World Cup game and it gave them a whole lot of confidence. Ireland dominated the midfield and gave Canada little to no chance to equalise. Canadian defenders were unable to deal with the throw balls by the Republic of Ireland players and we’re miserable for most parts of the first part.
After a while Canada finally got control of the ball but Ireland was still solid at the back. They weren’t giving Canada the freedom to play in the middle of the pitch. In the latter stages of the first half they enjoyed a spell where they should’ve scored but it felt like it was Ireland’s day.
Canada didn’t lose hope and kept attacking. They kept pushing Ireland to the extent of scoring an own goal, which squared things out. Megan Connolly tried to clear the ball but mistakenly flicked the ball in her own net.
Republic of Ireland was clearly the better team in the first half but Canada found a way through their defense and equalised just before half time.
Canada vs Republic of Ireland | Live Score CAN 2-1 IRL
Kick Off 5:30 pm (IST)
First Half Begins!
The do-or-die clash between Canada and Republic of Ireland is underway.
04’| McCabe scores directly from a corner! (CAN 0-1 IRL)⚽
Katie McCabe has scored Ireland’s first ever World Cup goal, straight from a corner, awarded in the opening minutes of the game and take the lead against Canada under 5 minutes.
09’| Another corner for Ireland
Kailen Sheridan pulled off an uncomfortable save off Farrelly’s shot and conceded another corner.
16’| Canada trying hard to equalise
The Canadian players are trying really hard to equalise the game after conceding an early goal but Ireland is not giving them any chance whatsoever.
23’| First attempt on target for Canada
Jordyn Huitema shot from just outside of the box with the powerful left foot of hers is saved as it was hit straight to the keeper, causing Courtney Brosnan little to no trouble.
26’| Match delay
Ashley Lawrence is receiving medical attention due to suffering an injury.
29’| Massive chance for Canada
Vanessa Gilles’s streched right foot cannot manage to find the target and hits it over the bar from close range.
34’| Canada enjoying some possession
Canada is pushing much higher up the pitch and playing a nice breed of passing football.
36’| Yellow card for Buchanan 🟨
Kadeisha Buchanan receives the first yellow card of the match after trying to stop an Ireland’s counter attack.
41’| Opportunity for Ireland
Kyra Carusa’s left footed shot towards the far post from a tight angle is saved by Kailen Sheridan.
5 added minutes announced
45’+1’| Chance for Ireland
McCabe puts the ball in a dangerous place and a shot from Sinead Farrelly was blocked by Buchanan and the ball goes out for another corner.
45’+5’| Own Goal by Connolly! (CAN 1-1 IRL)⚽
Megan Connolly scored an own goal and gifted Canada, who were struggling to create opportunities their equaliser.
45’| Half time CAN 1-1 IRL
Second half begins!
The stage is set for an incredible 45 minutes of second half football.
45’| Substitution for Canada
Christine Sinclair, Shelina Zadaorsky and Sophie Schmidt replaces Evelyne Viens, Kadeisha Buchanan and Julia Grosso.
45’| Substitution for Republic of Ireland
Abbie Larkin replaces Lucy Quinn
50’| Brilliant save by Brosnan
Jordyn Huitema’s right footed shot was saved brilliantly by Courtney Brosnan’s full streched diving effort to keep Ireland in the game.
52’| Canada have turned things around! (CAN 2-1 IRL)⚽
Adriana Leon have scored Canada’s second goal of the match and turned things around in their favour after trailing most of the time in the first half.
Substitution for Republic of Ireland
Marissa Sheva replaces Aine O’Gorman
Substitution for Canada
Cloe Lacasse replaces Adriana Leon
61’| Yellow card for Gilles 🟨
Vanessa Gilles got booked by the referee for a silly challenge.
64’| Chance for Ireland
Kyra Carusa missed the goal from close distance failing to make things square.
Substitution for Ireland
Amber Barrett, Lily Agg and Izzy Atkinson replaces Kyra Carusa, Ruesha Littlejohn and Sinead Farrelly.
67’| Good chance for Sinclair
Christine Sinclair still have to wait to make history as she couldn’t score from a beautiful cross by Ashley Lawrence.
71’| Two good chances fir Canada
Canada is looking to close this match by scoring another goal but the finish touch is not coming as two good chances goes begging thanks to Jordyn Huitema and Cloe Lacasse’s efforts.
76’| Match delay
Jordyn Huitema is requiring some medical attention.
79’| Brilliant play by McCabe
Katie McCabe is trying her hardest to keep Ireland in the World Cup. She dribbled through three defenders and took a shot which got blocked and rewarded with a corner.
86’| Great play by Canada
Canada is playing a good breed of passing football to keep Ireland in check and are creating good chances.
5 minutes of added time announced
90’+4’| Substitution for Canada
Allysha Chapman replaces injured Jayde Riviere.
90’+5’| Canada controlling the game
Canada is still very arrogant to not lose the ball and provide Ireland with any opportunity to score.