Republic of Ireland 5 - 1 Albania | 2023 - UEFA Women's Nations League | 999948812

UEFA Women's Nations League League B - Group B1 | Tallaght Stadium
27 Oct 2023 17:45

Republic of Ireland 5 - 1 Albania

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REPORT | WNT 5-1 Albania

On the night that Diane Caldwell became the team's seventh centurion, the Ireland Women's National Team won 5-1 over Albania in the UEFA Nations League at Tallaght Stadium.
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27th Oct 2023

This was another sold out event for the WNT and a crowd of 5,732 turned up to cheer on a team that has found its attacking groove under Interim Head Coach Eileen Gleeson.

Captain Katie McCabe netted a hat-trick - her second for Ireland at senior level - and provided two assists for Kyra Carusa to score a brace and cancel out the early goal from the visitors, scored by Megi Doci.

In many ways, the spotlight on this night was shared by McCabe and Caldwell. For the skipper, it was a masterclass in counter attacking and she was a joy to watch in full flow. For Caldwell, she even tried a couple of long-range shots to top her night.

Carusa finished brilliantly when she needed to and every player contributed to what was an impressive team performance. With 12 goals scored and one conceded after three games, they are moving well.

Ultimately, Ireland did what they had to do in order to collect the three points and make it three wins from three in Group B1. They will meet Albania again on Tuesday, October 31 in Shkoder.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Diane Caldwell (Chloe Mustaki 82), Louise Quinn, Caitlin Hayes; Izzy Atkinson (Erin McLaughlin 57), Denise O’Sullivan, Megan Connolly (Sinead Farrelly 57), Tyler Toland, Abbie Larkin (Jamie Finn 71); Katie McCabe, Kyra Carusa (Emily Whelan 82).

Albania: Viona Rexhepi; Lucie Gjini, Arbenita Curraj (Armela Tukaj 89), Sara Maliqi, Mikaela Metalla (Mimoza Hamodi 55); Ezmiralda Franja, Qendresa Krasniqi (Matilda Gjergji 89), Gresa Berisha; Alma Hila, Kristina Maksuti (Valentina Troka 84), Megi Doci.

Referee: Lizzy Van Der Helm (Netherlands).

PREVIEW | WNT v Albania

The Ireland Women’s National Team return to Tallaght Stadium for their third game in the 2023-24 UEFA Nations League as they take on Albania on Friday evening.
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26th Oct 2023

The first meeting of these teams at senior women’s level is the first of back-to-back games in this international window as they will meet again next Tuesday, October 31 in Shkoder.
 
 
MATCH DETAILS
UEFA Nations League
Ireland v Albania
Friday, October 27
Tallaght Stadium
KO 17:45
LIVE on RTÉ2
 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee | Lizzy van der Helm (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1 | Gerda Eidinzonaitė (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 2 | Ashley de Haan (Netherlands)
Fourth Official | Sterre Bijlsma (Netherlands)
 

TEAM NEWS
Ireland have a fully fit squad to choose from.
 

QUOTES
Eileen Gleeson (Interim Head Coach)
“We are delighted to return to Tallaght Stadium, which has been the home of Irish women’s football for many years and home to many memorable moments for us to share with our amazing supporters. 
 
"To have the opportunity to continue our journey in front of a sold-out crowd is a very special moment for us as a team, for players and for all involved. We thank everyone from the supporters, clubs, FAI and Tallaght Stadium staff who ensure we can have the best experience, opportunity and support possible. 
 
"We’ve had a very positive start to our opening games in the current UEFA Nations League, which is testament to the hard work, openness and commitment of a special group of players and staff. 
 
"We want to build on these performances and give the fans an exciting experience while taking another step toward EURO 2025 qualification."

 

NOTES
- Albania will become the 52nd different team that Ireland WNT will have played in an official game since 1973.
- All tickets are sold out for the game with spectators encouraged to arrive early and to ensure that their ticket is used.
- Should she feature in the game, defender Diane Caldwell would become the seventh WNT Centurion to join the list that includes Emma Byrne (134), Áine O'Gorman (119), Niamh Fahey (111), Louise Quinn (110), Denise O'Sullivan (107) and Ciara Grant (105).

 
LEAGUE B GROUP B1 RESULTS / FIXTURES
September 23 | Ireland 3-0 Northern Ireland
September 26 | Hungary 0-4 Ireland
October 27 | Ireland v Albania
October 31 | Albania v Ireland
December 1 | Ireland v Hungary
December 5 | Northern Ireland v Ireland

IRELAND WNT SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (London City Lionesses), Sophie Whitehouse (Lewes)
Defenders: Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (FC Zurich), Caitlin Hayes (Celtic), Claire O’Riordan (Standard Liege), Hayley Nolan (Crystal Palace), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Everton)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Tyler Toland (Blackburn Rovers), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Megan Connolly (Bristol City), Lily Agg (Birmingham City), Sinead Farrelly (NY/NJ Gotham), Heather Payne (Everton), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Izzy Atkinson (West Ham United), Erin McLaughlin (Peamount United)
Forwards: Kyra Carusa (San Diego Wave), Abbie Larkin (Glasgow City), Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC), Emily Whelan (Glasgow City)
 
 
IRELAND WNT PLAYER STATS
Goalkeepers

Courtney Brosnan | DOB 10/11/1995 | 28 caps / 13 clean sheets | Debut vs Montenegro 11/03/2020
Grace Moloney | DOB 01/03/1993 | 6 caps / 1 clean sheet | Debut vs Austria 02/03/2016
Sophie Whitehouse | DOB 10/10/1996 | 0 caps / 0 clean sheets
 
Defenders
Louise Quinn | DOB 17/06/1990 | 110 caps / 15 goals | Debut vs Poland 02/02/2008
Diane Caldwell | DOB 11/09/1988 | 99 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs Denmark 15/03/2006
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
Hayley Nolan | DOB 07/03/1997 | 3 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs Belgium 16/04/2021
Caitlin Hayes | DOB 22/09/1995 | 2 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Northern Ireland 23/09/2023
Megan Campbell | DOB 28/06/1993 | 47 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs Switzerland 24/08/2011
 
Midfielders
Katie McCabe | DOB 21/09/1995 | 78 caps / 22 goals | Debut vs Hungary 04/03/2015
Denise O’Sullivan | DOB | 107 caps / 19 goals | Debut vs Wales 17/09/2011
Megan Connolly | DOB 07/03/1997 | 47 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs USA 23/02/2016
Lucy Quinn | DOB 29/09/1993 | 18 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs Australia 21/09/2021
Lily Agg | DOB 17/12/1993 | 12 caps / 3 goals | Debut vs Philippines 19/06/2022
Jamie Finn | DOB 21/04/1998 | 16 caps / 0 goal | Debut vs Greece 12/11/2019
Tyler Toland | DOB 08/08/2001 | 15 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Northern Ireland 19/09/2017
Sinead Farrelly | DOB 16/11/1989 | 5 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs USA 08/04/2023
Heather Payne | DOB 26/01/2000 | 39 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Scotland 07/07/2017
Izzy Atkinson | DOB 17/07/2001 | 10 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs Portugal 21/01/2018
Erin McLaughlin | DOB 09/03/2003 | 1 cap / 0 goal | Debut vs Zambia 22/06/2023
 
Forwards
Kyra Carusa | DOB 14/11/1995 | 17 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs Montenegro 11/03/2020
Abbie Larkin | DOB 27/04/2005 | 13 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Russia 19/02/2022
Amber Barrett | DOB 16/01/1996 | 39 caps / 7 goals | Debut vs Wales 20/08/2016
Saoirse Noonan | DOB 13/07/1999 | 4 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Wales 21/08/2016
Emily Whelan | DOB 22/08/2002 | 8 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs Poland 09/10/2018