Ireland begin Cyprus Cup campaign with defeat to Austria

Sue Ronan's side were beaten 2-0 at the Tasos Marko Stadium in Paralimni

Ireland begin Cyprus Cup campaign with defeat to Austria

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A goal in each half condemned Ireland to an opening day defeat in the Cyprus Cup, as they were beaten by Austria in Paralimni.

Julie-Ann Russell went close for Ireland in the opening stages when her shot from the edge of the box rebounded off crossbar.

It was Austria, however, who opened the scoring against the run of play after 20 minutes, when Verena Aschauer pounced on a mistake in the Irish defence and fired the loose ball past debutant goalkeeper Grace Moloney from close range.

Austria doubled their lead in the second period when former Houston Dash player Nina Burger rounded the keeper rolled the ball into an empty net.

Diane Caldwell was denied a consolation goal in injury time, her goal was disallowed for an offside ruling.

In addition to Moloney, 18-year-old defender Savannah McCarthy also made her senior debut during the game.