Ireland finish fourth in Cyprus Cup

Colin Bell's side finished their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to North Korea

BY Cian Roche 18:58 Wednesday 8 March 2017, 18:58 8 Mar 2017

Image: FAI/Twitter

Republic of Ireland women's national team slumped to a 2-0 defeat to North Korea in their final Cyprus Cup game. 

Colin Bell's side finish fourth overall and marks their highest-ever finish in the competition. Bell was complimentary of his side during his first four games in charge.

"Once again, the players have put in a fantastic effort, like they have all week and the players can be really proud of what they've achieved as they've represented their country brilliantly this week," he said.

"It gives me great hope for the future that the longer we work together, the more we can push this team forward to some real success."

He was, however, critical of the goals his side conceded.

 "It's a difficult result to take, we should have got something out of the game.

"We were always going to have to be defensive against a side who play the way they do but we did that brilliantly for 75 minutes. Both goals are preventable and the players know that.

"We can do better and even though, we've had a good tournament, I know the players can do more as we can continue to work with each other in the future."

Late goals from Wi Jong Sim and Kim Ryu Song saw them lose their final game of the campaign, having gotten off to a bright start with wins and clean sheets against Wales and the Czech Republic.

Ireland had their own chances, Katie McCabe's 20-yard effort sailed over the bar in the second half. Stephanie Roche was also a threat, but her freekick was easily saved. 

Kim Phyong Hwa struck the post early on in the match and Emma Byrne produced a good save to deny her in the second half.


Off The Ball


The very best bits of Off The Ball delivered every week