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Republic girls move on from FAI dispute to seal victory

By Andy Hampson

The Republic of Ireland women's team put their recent dispute with the Football Association of Ireland behind them with a 1-0 win against Slovakia in Dublin.

Stephanie Roche's second-half penalty earned the home side victory five days after they refused to attend an FAI training camp over a row about working conditions.

An agreement was finally reached with the FAI at 4am on Thursday after nine hours of talks, allowing yesterday's friendly against Slovakia to go ahead.

And Colin Bell's side secured a 1-0 victory thanks to Roche's 14th international goal.

The Sunderland Ladies striker slotted in from the penalty spot after Megan Connolly was brought down in the area two minutes after half-time.

• The football associations of the United States, Canada and Mexico have announced their intention to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The CONCACAF countries confirmed their plan to bring the tournament to North America at a press conference at One World Trade Centre in New York.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, Mexico's Decio De Maria and Canada's Victor Montagliani announced the unified bid, which would represent the first time three nations jointly host a Fifa competition.

The proposal will see the US host 60 games, with 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

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