Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Finland | 2023 - FIFA Women's World Cup | 999947161

FIFA Women's World Cup
1 Sep 2022 19:00

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Finland

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REPORT | WNT 1-0 Finland

Vera Pauw said that her Republic of Ireland Women's National Team dared to #OUTBELIEVE...that they could secure a spot in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Play-Offs. And that is exactly what they did with a 1-0 win over Finland.
1st Sep 2022

With a record crowd of 6.952 in full voice, Ireland raised their performance when it was needed and got the only goal of the game through substitute Lily Agg.

Sweden had already topped Group A so it was a fight for second spot and Finland, who are the second seeds, started this contest looking the most likely to score first.

However, goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan was in superb form and the Ireland backline did its job by making crucial blocks and interceptions at key moments. 

A injiury picked up by Ruesha Littlejohn forced a change with Agg coming on for her home debut. The London City Lionesses midfielder slotted straight into the action but her most telling contribution came in the second half.

On 54 minutes, Agg rose up in the Finland penalty area to meet a crossed ball with a neat header. It was a goal that hit the away team hard, made the crowd erupt and put Ireland in control.

Heather Payne could have added to that lead but failed to convert a chance, while Katie McCabe was a constant threat and Diane Caldwell went close in the first half.

But it was Agg's goal that provied to be the difference. Ireland will now finish their Group A campaign away to Slovakia on September 6th before switching their focus to the Play-Offs.

Republic of Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Jamie Finn, Diane Caldwell, Louise Quinn, Megan Connolly, Megan Campbell (Chloe Mustaki 75); Jess Ziu (Lucy Quinn, 85), Denise O’Sullivan, Ruesha Littlejohn (Lily Agg 40), Katie McCabe; Heather Payne.

Finland: Tinja-Riika Korpela; Elli Pikkujämsä (Jenny-Julia Danielsson 73), Anna Westerlund, Natalia Kuikka, Emma Koivisto; Olga Ahtinen, Eveliina Summanen, Heidi Kollanen (Sanni Franssi 67); Jutta Rantala, Linda Sällström.

Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France).

PREVIEW | WNT v Finland

The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team take on Finland in their penultimate Group A qualifying game for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup on Thursday evening.
31st Aug 2022

A record crowd is expected, with the demand for tickets suggesting that the current highest attendance figure at Tallaght Stadium for the WNT of 5,238 will be smashed.

Defender Niamh Fahey is ruled out with a groin injury.

28/06/1987: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Finland (International Friendly)
13/03/2013: Finland 1-0 Republic of Ireland (Cyprus Cup)
21/09/2015: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Finland (UEFA Women’s EURO Qualifier)
09/03/2016: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Finland (Cyprus Cup)
03/06/2016: Finland 4-1 Republic of Ireland (UEFA Women’s EURO Qualifier)
26/10/2021: Finland 1-2 Republic of Ireland (FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

Republic of Ireland WNT Squad
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Eve Badana (DLR Waves)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Liverpool), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jess Ziu (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City)
Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC)
Republic of Ireland WNT Caps
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (14 caps / 5 clean sheets), Grace Moloney (6 caps / 1 clean sheet), Megan Walsh (1 cap / 0 clean sheets), Eve Badana (4 caps / 0 clean sheets)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (22 caps / 0 goals), Claire O’Riordan (17 caps / 0 goals), Diane Caldwell (88 caps / 4 goals), Louise Quinn (96 caps / 15 goals), Niamh Fahey (104 caps / 1 goal), Hayley Nolan (1 cap / 0 goals), Chloe Mustaki (3 caps / 0 goals), Megan Campbell (42 caps / 3 goals), Áine O’Gorman (112 caps / 13 goals)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (65 caps / 19 goals), Denise O’Sullivan (94 caps / 17 goals), Megan Connolly (34 caps / 4 goals), Ruesha Littlejohn (66 caps / 5 goals), Jamie Finn (12 caps / 0 goals), Ciara Grant (16 caps / 0 goals), Lily Agg (Caps 2 / 1 goal), Ellen Molloy (5 caps / 0 goals), Jess Ziu (10 caps / 0 goals), Lucy Quinn (11 caps / 2 goals)
Forwards: Heather Payne (27 caps / 1 goal), Amber Barrett (32 caps / 4 goals), Leanne Kiernan (26 caps / 4 goals), Abbie Larkin (4 caps / 1 goal), Saoirse Noonan (3 caps / 1 goal)


21 October, 2021 | Republic of Ireland 0-1 Sweden
26 October, 2021 | Finland 1-2 Republic of Ireland
25 November, 2021 | Republic of Ireland 1-1 Slovakia
30 November, 2021 | Republic of Ireland 11-0 Georgia
12 April, 2022 | Sweden 1-1 Republic of Ireland
27 June, 2022 | Georgia 0-9 Republic of Ireland
1 September, 2022 | Republic of Ireland v Finland
6 September, 2022 | Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

Goals Scored: 24
Goals Conceded: 4
Attempts on Goal: 78
Attempts on Target: 44
Attempts off Target: 22
Attempts Blocked: 12
Penalties Converted: 1
Free-Kicks Taken: 37
Corners Taken: 21
Fouls Committed: 28
Fouls Suffered: 73
Yellow Cards: 4 (Jamie Finn 2, Katie McCabe, Heather Payne)
7 – Katie McCabe
5 – Denise O’Sullivan
2 – Megan Connolly, Louise Quinn
1 – Amber Barrett, Diane Caldwell, Kyra Carusa, Niamh Fahey, Abbie Larkin, Saoirse Noonan, Lucy Quinn, Maiko Bebia OG
Clean Sheets
2 – Courtney Brosnan

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier – Group A
Republic of Ireland v Finland
Thursday, September 1st
Tallaght Stadium
KO 19:00
LIVE on RTÉ2 / Worldwide on RTÉ Player