Poland 4 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2018 - Senior Womens Friendlies | 999944960

Senior Women's Friendlies International Friendly | Municipal Stadium, Ostroda, Poland
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Poland 4 - 0 Republic of Ireland

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Ireland WNT: Four second-half goals ensure Poland defeat

Republic of Ireland Women's National Team were defeated in their final match of 2018 as Poland secured a comfortable 4-0 victory in an international friendly.
9th Oct 2018

All of the goals in the 4-0 defeat came in the second-half as Natalia Chudzik (pen), Gabriela Grzywinska, Ewelina Kamcyzk and Ewa Pajor all scored. 

Ireland were missing a number of key players including Harriet Scott and Leanne Kiernan, but performed well in the first-half. Captain Katie McCabe almost gave Ireland the lead just past the half-hour after a neat move saw Rianna Jarrett find the Arsenal star, but she fired wide. 

Ireland were hit with another blow early in the second-half as Wexford Youths striker Jarrett went down with an injury and was replaced by Shelbourne Ladies youngster Jessica Ziu. Shortly after, Poland took the lead. 

Diane Caldwell was adjudged to have fouled Pajor in the area and Chudzik slotted home the resulting penalty, past substitute goalkeeper Grace Moloney in the 54th minute. 

Poland continued to grow into the game and doubled their lead with a stunning 35-yard strike from Grzywinska, whose shot arrowed into the top right-hand corner with 20 minutes remaining. 

In the 73rd minute, Kamczyk finished from close range before striker Pajor added a fourth with 10 minutes remaining to condemn Ireland to defeat. 

Shelbourne Ladies striker Emily Whelan, Cork City's Zara Foley and Peamount United's Dearbhaile Beirne all came on during the second-half to make their senior international debuts. 

"I thought we were very good in the first-half, carried a threat going forward and we were really well organised," said WNT Head Coach Colin Bell.

"But the second-half was the worst 45 minutes of football I've seen in my time as Head Coach. Diane dives in to give away a penalty, something she didn't need to do and then our organisation, our heads, went completely out of the window. 

"We made individual mistakes and completely lost our organisation. Yes, we're missing players tonight but we don't expect to concede four goals, that's not what this team is about and we need to ensure that doesn't happen again. 

"The second goal is obviously an incredible goal but the final two goals are basically counter-attacks where we leave ourselves completely open. The positive is that we had a number of young players come on this evening and did really well. Emily Whelan, Jessica Ziu and Zara Foley are future players for this team and I'll be working with them in the future. 

"It's a really disappointing result and we expect more."

WNT Head Coach Colin Bell also confirmed striker Rianna Jarrett is set to go to hospital for a scan on an ankle injury she sustained as a precaution. 

Republic of Ireland: Hourihan (GK) (Moloney 46), Perry, O'Riordan (Beirne 90), Caldwell, Quinn, Fahey (Whelan 76), Littlejohn (Whelan 86), O'Sullivan, McCabe, Meaney (Barrett 62), Jarrett (Ziu 53). 

Ireland WNT: Scott & Kiernan set to miss Poland friendly

Republic of Ireland Women's National Team Head Coach Colin Bell will be missing Harriet Scott and Leanne Kiernan for tomorrow's international friendly against Poland.
9th Oct 2018

The WNT have travelled to Ostroda, Poland ahead of the friendly match as they look to begin their preparations for the UEFA 2021 European Championships campaign in September.

Birmingham City defender Harriet Scott is unavailable for the game and West Ham striker Leanne Kiernan is also ruled out with an injury. Peamount United midfielder Dearbhaile Beirne has been called into the squad and WNT Head Coach Bell believes Poland pose a real threat. 

"It's going to be a tough test for us, they're above in the world rankings and they had a good World Cup campaign as well," Bell admitted.

"They're a very physical side and they've got a player up front in Ewa Pajor who is destined to become a world-class player."

Aine O'Gorman and Karen Duggan recently retired from international football and a number of players are currently playing with the Ireland Women's Under 19 squad in their UEFA European Championships Qualifying round group in Lithuania. 

Despite the injuries and retirements, Bell believes they present an opportunity to players to make their mark on the national team with tomorrow's friendly the last match of 2018. 

"It's a bit of a problem for us, we've got a few injuries. Tyler [Toland] is out for the next few months after the horrific tackle she suffered against Northern Ireland. Harriet Scott isn't available whilst Heather Payne and Isibeal Atkinson are with the Under 19s for their European Championships campaign," Bell said.

"Leanne Kiernan will also be missing after an injury ahead of coming in and with Aine O'Gorman and Karen Duggan announcing their retirements, we're obviously looking for other players to come in.

"That's what we're always looking for really, a chance for new players to come in and make their mark. This game presents an opportunity for those players so it'll be interesting tomorrow."

Republic of Ireland WNT Squad v Poland

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (Brighton and Hove Albion), Grace Moloney (Reading)
Defenders: Sophie Perry (Brighton and Hove Albion), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg)
Midfielders: Denise O'Sullivan (NC Courage), Aislinn Meaney (Galway Women's), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Ruesha Littlejohn (London Bees), Zara Foley (Cork City), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne), Dearbhaile Beirne (Peamount United)
Forwards: Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths), Amber Barrett (Peamount United), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne)

Fixtures - International Friendlies

09/10/2018 - Poland v Republic of Ireland, Municipal Stadium, Ostroda - KO 5pm (6pm local time)