Tuesday, April 29, 2008

OQT: Ireland 1 Uruguay 0

Ireland laboured to a 1-0 win over bottom of the table Uruguay in their Olympic Qualification campaign. And while they will be pleased to have kept a third clean-sheet in a row and a third successive win, facing into the Italy and Korea match, they will hope to take a few more chances.

The Irish thoroughly dominated the game but only had Nikki Symmons to show for their efforts. Her drag-flick in the 27th minute came from the sides fourth short corner.

It was a frustrating afternoon with Uruguay offering little going forward, resolute in their task of keeping the scoring down after a 10-0 and 4-0 losses at the hands of Korea and Italy respectively.

Ireland continue to top the group on maximum points but have their hardest two matches to follow for the final remaining Olympic spot.

The first is against qualifying favourites Korea on Thursday before a crucial match with Italy on Friday. They will need to win at least one of those to be in with a chance of making the playoff spot for Beijing.

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