Fowler superb but Sam Kerr's 100th cap ends in surprise defeat

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The Matildas have made a disappointing return to international football, slumping to a 3-2 loss to the Republic of Ireland in Sam Kerr's 100th cap. Exciting young gun Mary Fowler scored a first-half brace and was a shining light at Tallaght Stadium but Australia's defensive issues proved their downfall, while they will also sweat on […]
The Matildas have made a disappointing return to international football, slumping to a 3-2 loss to the Republic of Ireland in Sam Kerr's 100th cap.

Exciting young gun Mary Fowler scored a first-half brace and was a shining light at Tallaght Stadium but Australia's defensive issues proved their downfall, while they will also sweat on a knee injury to Chloe Logarzo.

Australia were missing a collective of starting players, including Caitlin Foord, Ellie Carpenter, Emily van Egmond, Hayley Raso and Kyah Simon in their first game since the Tokyo Olympics.

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Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, who didn't feature in Tokyo, returned to the fold while Courtney Nevin made her starting debut in defence.

The Matildas dominated possession but struggled to deal with Ireland's frenetic counter-attacks – and after just…
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