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Ireland must raise game, insists Shaw


By John Flack

Ireland women's coach Graham Shaw admits there is room for improvement after his side lose the two-test series with Canada after a 3-0 defeat and a 1-1 draw in Dublin.

Ireland, who are preparing for next month's World Cup, got off to promising start on Saturday when Ulster's Zoe Wilson scored from the penalty spot after 12 minutes.

But Canada, ranked 21st in the world - five places lower than their hosts - equalised through Brienne Stairs seven minutes from the end.

Shaw said: "We started the game the way we expected, building a lot of phases and chances and we probably were a bit disappointed to only be one goal up."

"We were very dominant with 70 or 80% of the ball.

"We left a few chances behind us in that first half that we know, come the major competitions, that we need to take."

He added: "On the flip side, we had a second half a little bit on the back foot and we need to get better."

Results: Ireland 1 (Z Wilson) Canada 1 (B Stairs); Under 16 games (Glasgow) Friday: Scotland 1 Ulster 1 (D McGall) ; Saturday: Scotland 1 Ulster 0 ; Sunday: Scotland 1 Ulster 2 (L Craig, M Cochrane).

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