Breen close to first goal
Carol Breen gained another international cap as the Republic of Ireland women's national team completed their Istria Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Costa Rica in Croatia.
Stephanie Roche fired Ireland into the lead after 21 minutes with a dipping shot from 25 metres, and Megan Campbell added a second after 30 minutes when she powerfully headed home a Katie McCabe corner.
Costa Rica did pull a goal back on 53 minutes but Ireland held on for a well-deserved win.
The 2-0 margin could have been extended on the stroke of half-time when Breen got a glancing header on a long throw by Campbell as it flew across the face of goal, but it came off the bottom of the back post before going wide.
Aine O'Gorman and Fiona O'Sullivan were introduced for Russell and Breen respectively at the start of the second period, with the latter now looking forward to bolster the bid of the Wexford Youths Women for the league title.
The campaign resumes this Sunday away to Galway, and a further fillip for the Ferrycarrig Park crew was the selection of Carol O'Riordan as the Continental Tyres player of the month.
Having watched her side dominate against Hungary and Slovakia and end up with just a draw from the former, Ireland manager Sue Ronan was pleased to have finally got a win against Costa Rica.
'I think the girls deserved that win for the way they have played this week.
'It was good to finally take the chances we created in the first-half and we probably should have gone in at half-time three up when Carol Breen was unlucky with a header close to the break,' she said.
'It's been a good week, I used 19 players out of the 21 and they all got decent game-time. We awarded four new caps (Breen included) and they got a taste of what it is like at this level.'
Lauren Dwyer, formerly of Wexford Youths, was one of only two players not used during the week.