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Ex-Sion Ladies player scores first international goal

FORMER Sion Swifts Ladies player Tyler Toland scored her first international goal for the Republic of Ireland in last evening’s European Women’s Championship Qualifier against Montenegro.

Toland, who just last month completed a move to Manchester City, struck from distance in the seventh minute to send the girls in green on their way to a thoroughly deserved 2-0 victory at the Tallaght Stadium.

Skipper Katie McCabe was also on target to give the Irish side victory in front of 3,423 spectators.

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Toland’s stunning effort gave Ireland a tonic start. The gifted midfielder, daughter of former Finn Harps player Maurice, picked the ball up 30 yards from goal before strolling forward and unleashing an effort that beat Ivan Cabarkapa in the Montenegro goal.

The hosts held the edge throughout and Toland almost doubled her personal tally early in the second half when blazing over the crossbar from 12 yards after being teed up by Denise O’Sullivan.

The Irish continued to press for a second goal and they were duly rewarded on 69 minutes when McCabe netted from the penalty spot after Darija Djukic had handled in the area.

For Toland it is yet another outstanding highlight of a blossoming career for both club and country. In 2017 she was a member of the Sion Ladies team which created history by clinching the Irish Cup for the first time after defeating Newry City in the showpiece final at the National Stadium Windsor Park.

Later that year she became the youngest ever female player to make her senior international debut shortly after her 16th birthday.

FULL STORY IN TOMORROW’S STRABANE CHRONICLE

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