Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Nigeria | 2023 - FIFA Women's World Cup | 999948375

FIFA Women's World Cup Group B | Lang Park, Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia
31 Jul 2023 11:00

Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Nigeria

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REPORT | WNT 0-0 Nigeria

A spirited performance by the Ireland Women's National Team saw them draw 0-0 with Nigeria in their final game of FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
31st Jul 2023

This game had a bit of everything: a backheel flick from Katie McCabe made for Tik Tok, a superb save from Courtney Brosnan ideal for a highlights reel, a courageous collective performance perfect for an analysis session and an occasion to savour for a lifetime.

Vera Pauw's team set up slightly differently from the narrow defeats to Australia and Canada by pushing Denise O'Sullivan further forward - with Lily Agg starting in midfield alongside Ruesha Littlejohn - and the Cork native was outstanding.

Nigeria are known for their pace and quick transitional play, but it was Ireland who started the quickest with captain McCabe fizzing a shot wide and Kyra Carusa going close during a first period where the team in white jerseys dominated.

On the break, Nigeria were a threat and had some chances of their own - especially early in the second half when they made some tactical changes. However, there was no getting past Brosnan who produced a FIFA Player of the Match performance.

With most of the 24,844 fans cheering Ireland on, it felt like a home game. The players soaked up that atmosphere and applied a lot of pressure to the Nigerian defence late on but they could not find that breakthrough.

In the end, Ireland got a point; their first ever in a major senior tournament. It was a good way to cap off an impressive World Cup adventure as they showed the world that they belong at this level.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Heather Payne (Marissa Sheva 83), Niamh Fahey (Diane Caldwell 95), Louise Quinn, Megan Connolly, Katie McCabe; Lily Agg (Abbie Larkin 83), Ruesha Littlejohn, Denise O’Sullivan, Sinead Farrelly; Krya Carusa.

Nigeria: Chamaka Nnadozie; Michelle Alozie, Osinachi Ohale, Oluwatosin Demehin (Ebi Onome 84), Ashleigh Plumptre; Christy Ucheibe, Halimatu Ayinde; Rasheedat Ajibade, Toni Payne, Uchenna Kanu (Gift Monday 67); Asisat Oshoala (Ifeoma Onumonu 67).

Referee: Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico).

PREVIEW | WNT v Nigeria

The Ireland Women’s National Team will complete their FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 duties in Lang Park, Brisbane on Monday when they take on Nigeria.
30th Jul 2023

The final game in Group B follows on from narrows defeats to Australia and Canada, but Ireland are aiming to finish on a high with a positive result.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Group B
Ireland v Nigeria
Monday, July 31
Lang Park, Brisbane
KO 20:00 (11:00 Irish Time)
Referee: Katia Garcia (Mexico)
Assistant Referee: Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico)
Assistant Referee: Enedina Caudillo (Mexico)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
VAR Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
VAR Assistant: Salome Di Iorio (Argentina)
Offside VAR Referee: Lucie Ratajova (Czechia)
Heather Payne has been making progress on her return to play protocol following a hamstring injury and should be available for selection.
“This is our final game in the FIFA Women's World Cup and we want it to be our best game. The aim is to win to give something back to our amazing fans around the world who have given us such incredible support.

"We also have a responsibility to do our best for the competition, as the result of our game has a bearing on both Australia and Canada. We have a competitive spirit that has gotten us this far and that does not go away just because this is our final game of the tournament.

"We want to do Ireland proud and finish in the best way possible with a positive result."
- Nigeria have competed in nine FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments – reaching the Quarter-Finals in 1999
- 11 times Nigeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations, while they made it to the Quarter-Finals of the 2004 Summer Olympics
- There are 18 places between the two teams in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings as Ireland are currently 22nd while Nigeria are in 40th
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Pass Completion
100% - Louise Quinn
88% - Ruesha Littlejohn
83% - Denise O'Sullivan
76% - Niamh Fahey
75% - Sinead Farrelly
Line Break Completion
100% - Ruesha Littlejohn, Louise Quinn, Lucy Quinn
81% - Niamh Fahey
71% - Sinead Farrelly, Denise O'Sullivan
62% - Katie McCabe
50% - Áine O'Gorman

Attempts At Goal
4 - Katie McCabe
3 - Kyra Carusa
2 - Sinead Farrelly, Denise O'Sullivan
1 - Lily Agg, Niamh Fahey
11 - Niamh Fahey
8 - Louise Quinn
6 - Megan Connolly
5 - Katie McCabe
4 - Ruesha Littlejohn

4 - Niamh Fahey
3 - Lily Agg, Sinead Farrelly, Katie McCabe
2 - Megan Connolly
1 - Ruesha Littlejohn, Áine O'Gorman, Denise O'Sullivan, Louise Quinn, Marissa Sheva
Possession Contests Won
7 - Ruesha Littlejohn
4 - Kyra Carusa
3 - Lily Agg, Sinead Farrelly, Denise O'Sullivan, Louise Quinn
2 - Niamh Fahey
Aerial Duels Won
4 - Kyra Carusa
3 - Lily Agg, Louise Quinn
2 - Sinead Farrelly, Niamh Fahey
1 - Ruesha Littlejohn, Katie McCabe, Áine O'Gorman, Denise O'Sullivan
Total Distance (m)
11,329 - Katie McCabe
11,069 - Denise O’Suillivan
10,336 - Louise Quinn
9,944 - Niamh Fahey
9,711 - Megan Connolly

High Speed Running (m)
774 - Katie McCabe
476 - Denise O’Suillivan
443 - Marissa Sheva
369 - Kyra Carusa
367 - Sinead Farrelly

Max Speed (KpH)
29.09 - Kyra Carusa
28.73 - Denise O’Suillivan
28.5 - Marissa Sheva
28.13 - Izzy Atkinson
27.97 - Katie McCabe

High Intensity Distance (m) 
2,309 - Katie McCabe
2,280 - Denise O’Suillivan
1,623 - Louise Quinn
1,592 - Sinead Farrelly
1,500 - Megan Connolly
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Defenders: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Áine O'Gorman (Shamrock Rovers), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Claire O’Riordan (Standard Liege), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Izzy Atkinson (West Ham United)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Sinead Farrelly (NY/NJ Gotham)
Forwards: Kyra Carusa (London City Lionesses), Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Marissa Sheva (Washington Spirit), Abbie Larkin (Shamrock Rovers)

Courtney Brosnan | DOB 10/11/1995 | 25 caps / 10 clean sheets | Debut vs Montenegro 11/03/2020
Megan Walsh | DOB 12/11/1994 | 1 cap / 0 clean sheets | Debut vs Russia 19/02/2022
Grace Moloney | DOB 01/03/1993 | 6 caps / 1 clean sheet | Debut vs Austria 02/03/2016
Heather Payne | DOB 26/01/2000 | 36 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Scotland 07/07/2017
Áine O’Gorman | DOB 13/05/1989 | 119 caps / 13 goals | Debut vs Denmark 15/03/2006
Niamh Fahey | DOB 13/10/1987 | 110 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Portugal 07/03/2007
Diane Caldwell | DOB 11/09/1988 | 96 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs Denmark 15/03/2006
Louise Quinn | DOB 17/06/1990 | 107 caps / 15 goals | Debut vs Poland 02/02/2008
Claire O'Riordan | DOB 12/10/1994 | 19 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Hungary 07/03/2016
Chloe Mustaki | DOB 29/07/1995 | 6 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs Russia 19/02/2022
Izzy Atkinson | DOB 17/07/2001 | 8 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs Portugal 21/01/2018
Katie McCabe | DOB 21/09/1995 | 75 caps / 21 goals | Debut vs Hungary 04/03/2015
Denise O’Sullivan | DOB | 104 caps / 18 goals | Debut vs Wales 17/09/2011
Megan Connolly | DOB 07/03/1997 | 42 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs USA 23/02/2016
Ruesha Littlejohn | DOB 03/07/1990 | 74 caps / 6 goals | Debut vs Hungary 07/03/2012
Lucy Quinn | DOB 29/09/1993 | 16 caps / 3 goals | Debut vs Australia 21/09/2021
Ciara Grant | DOB 11/06/1993 | 18 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs USA 28/11/2012
Lily Agg | DOB 17/12/1993 | 9 caps / 2 goals | Debut vs Philippines 19/06/2022
Sinead Farrelly | DOB 11/06/1989 | 4 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs USA 08/04/2023
Amber Barrett | DOB 16/01/1996 | 37 caps / 7 goals | Debut vs Wales 20/08/2016
Abbie Larkin | DOB 27/04/2005 | 10 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Russia 19/02/2022
Kyra Carusa | DOB 14/11/1995 | 14 caps / 2 goals | Debut vs Montenegro 11/03/2020
Marissa Sheva | DOB 22/04/1997 | 6 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs China PR 22/02/2023


The Republic of Ireland will test themselves against Nigeria in their third Group game at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
5th Feb 2023

For the final game in Group B, Vera Pauw's squad will travel to Brisbane to take on Nigeria for the very first time.

The application process to secure tickets in the 'Ireland section' is now closed.

Single Match Passes can be purchased here

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Brisbane Stadium
City: Brisbane / Meaanjin
Capacity: 52,000
Schedule: Group Stages games x5; Round of 16; Quarter-Final; 3rd Place Final
Distance to Airport: 16km


Gates open at 18.00 (two hours before kick-off)

The Stadium is accessible on Public transport.  Matchday public transport is free for all ticket holders.  Note travel from domestic and International airports is not included in the free matchday public transport. 

Brisbane Stadium is located 2 Kilometres from downtown Brisbane.  It is easily accessible on public transport or on foot. 

This planning tool can be used to plan your journey

The main block of Irish fans will be in the north end of the stadium at the Caxton Street entrance.  However we expect there will be Irish fans in many different areas.    

A wide variety of hot and cold refreshments will be available.  Alcohol will be available in all areas apart from the alcohol-free family zone in Block 314.   It is strictly forbidden to consume alcohol in this block.  

Stadium rules and code of conduct from FIFA is available here

Ticketless fans can watch the games free of charge on the big screen in the FIFA fan festival in Riverside Green, South Bank Parklands.  This is centrally located on the Brisbane river. 


  • Ticketless fans can watch the games free of charge on the big screen in the FIFA fan festival in Riverside Green, South Bank Parklands.  This is centrally located on the Brisbane river. 
  • Ireland v Nigeria screening,  PJ O’Briens, 57 Kings St, Sydney, Monday, July 31, 8pm
    More details here EVENT DETAILS
  • Ireland v Nigeria screening, Congee Bay Hotel, 253 Congee Bay Road, Congee, Monday, July 31, 8pm
    More details here EVENT DETAILS

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