Irish pride despite Germany defeat
The Republic of Ireland Women's National Team emerged from last night's 2-0 World Cup qualifier defeat by Germany in Heidenheim with their reputation greatly enhanced.
But while the European champions finished their campaign with 10 wins out of 10, a 3-1 win for second-placed Russia in Croatia confirmed a third-placed finish for Ireland in Group One.
After conceding two disappointing goals in a six-minute spell midway through the first half, the Irish regrouped, kept the Germans scoreless for the rest of the game and almost got the goal their second-half performance deserved when Louise Quinn headed narrowly wide.
Ireland manager Sue Ronan (pictured)said: "It is a strange feeling to be disappointed after losing 2-0 to Germany in Germany but that's how we feel.
"We were poor in the first half and conceded what we would feel were two sloppy goals.
"But we regrouped at half-time and got on the ball in the second half and posed them a lot of questions.
"We defended much better and it would have been interesting if we had managed to pull a goal back.
"It's been a good campaign. We are disappointed we didn't get second place because that was our objective but we have ended up with a record number of points, six clean-sheets and a group of players that have the potential to have a real go at trying to qualify for Euro 2017."