Oxtoby Debut Ends In Defeat As Hosts win in Dublin

In the 25th minute, Arsenal's Katie McCabe curled a free-kick over Northern Ireland's goalkeeper.

23rd September 2023 05:15 PM

Tanya Oxtoby's first match as Northern Ireland manager ended in a 3-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. 

Lucy Quinn fired home a deflected opener 30 minutes into the game, to break the deadlock in the inaugural Women's Nations League game between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

Kyra Carusa netted a second on 71 minutes after a mix-up between Rebecca Holloway and goalkeeper Shannon Turner, as substitute Lily Agg headed home a third with five minutes to play.

Northern Ireland's first match under Oxtoby, who replaced Kenny Shiels as manager, was their first competitive fixture in 12 months.

The Republic were playing their first match since the World Cup in Australia in the summer and the fixture was the team's first at the Aviva Stadium, in front of a record crowd of 35,994.

Their build-up to the match was dominated by the departure of home boss Vera Pauw, who did not have her contract extended following the World Cup.