Republic of Ireland 0 - 3 France | 2023 - Senior Women's Friendlies | 999948584

Senior Women's Friendlies International Friendly | Tallaght Stadium
Thursday, July 6, 2023

Republic of Ireland 0 - 3 France

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REPORT | WNT 0-3 France

In front of a record crowd of 7,633, Ireland lost 3-0 to France at Tallaght Stadium but experienced the type of challenge they wanted ahead of FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
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6th Jul 2023

Ireland put in a commanding performance in the opening 45 minutes, dominating long stretches of play and limiting France to occasional forays down the flanks that produced nothing more dangerous than the ball finding Courtney Brosnan’s side-netting.

The Girls in Green might even have taken the lead on 11 minutes when a superb through ball from Sinead Farrelly released Kyra Carusa who finished past Peyraud-Magnin in the French goal. But the assistant flagged for a very tight offside and the game remained level.

Then, against the run of play and in added time at the end of the first half, France struck twice to send the Irish women in two behind at the break. Maelle Lakrar bundled in the first after a spell of pinball in the Irish area, and Eugenie Le Sommer glided in a second two minutes later.

France started the second period like a different team and when their third came just after the hour mark it was no great surprise. It came from the head of Lakrar, smacking in her second of the night from Kenza Dali’s corner.

The result was beyond rescue at that stage and vera Pauw took the opportunity to send on a slew of substitutes, ensuring as many of of her squad saw some action before the flight to the Antipodes.

There were occasional half chances in the closing stages but Irish heads were, perhaps excusably, drifting towards the airport and the next monumental challenge. France showed them the kind fo quality they can expect to meet there, but Pauw’s side showed enough in the game to provoke considerable confidence.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Heather Payne (Aine O’Gorman 69), Niamh Fahey (Claire O’Riordan 69), Louise Quinn, Megan Connolly (Diane Caldwell 80), Katie McCabe (Izzy Atkinson 31); Sinead Farrelly (Abbie Larkin 80), Denise O’Sullivan, Ruesha Littlejohn (Lily Agg 69), Marissa Sheva; Kyra Carusa.

France: Pauline Peyraud-Magnin; Maelle Lakrar (Eve Perisset 74), Wendie Renard, Estelle Cascarino, Sakina Karchaoui (Viviane Asseyi 84); Grace Geyoro (Amel Majri 84), Sandie Toletti, Kenza Dali (Elisa De Almeida 61); Kadidiatou Diani (Clara Mateo 61), Eugenie Le Sommer (Naomie Feller 74), Selma Bacha.

Referee: Kirsty Dowle (England).

PREVIEW | WNT v France

The final game before they depart for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will see the Ireland Women’s National Team take on France in Tallaght Stadium.
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The International Friendly on Thursday night is officially sold out, but all supporters are encouraged to use their ticket to give the Girls in Green full support.
 
 
MATCH DETAILS
International Friendly
Ireland v France
Thursday, July 6
Tallaght Stadium
KO 20:00
LIVE on RTÉ2
 
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Kirsty Dowle (England)
Assistant Referee: Melissa Burgin (England)
Assistant Referee: Emily Carney (England)
Fourth Official: Lisa Benn (England)
 
 
TEAM NEWS
Ireland have a fully fit squad to select from.
 
 
MANAGER QUOTES – Vera Pauw
“This game was always the most important in our preparation for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 so it was crucial that we secured a top level opponent who would give us the kind of challenge that we need to be familiar with going into the World Cup. France are an excellent team and we are looking forward to this challenge.
 
“Our preparation, to date, has been excellent. We now need to test ourselves in a high pressure game because we expect France to be physically strong, athletic, quick and superb in both attacking and defending. This is exactly why we chose to play against them, we must be ready for what the best teams will come at us with.
 
“This is also an important game for our fantastic fans as they will get the opportunity to cheer on the team and wish them well before we depart for the World Cup. I would encourage everyone who has secured a ticket to use it, you have a responsibility to fill that seat because there are so many fans who would take it up if you don’t. If you cannot make the game, make sure someone else does.” 
 
 
NOTES

  • France have competed in five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments – finishing fourth in 2011 – and reached the semi-finals of EURO 2022
  • There are 17 places between the two games in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings as France are currently 5th while Ireland are in 22nd
  • 5 players in the current WNT squad have previously played against France at senior level (Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell, Áine O’Gorman and Denise O’Sullivan)
  • Stephanie Roche and Áine O’Gorman have scored the only goals for Ireland in games against France (Stephanie netting in the 2-1 loss in 2009, Áine scoring in 3-1 defeat in 2011)
  • Sinead Farrelly and Marissa Sheva could be in line for their home debuts, having previously only played in games abroad since becoming eligible for the team
  • France’s all-time top goalscorer Eugénie Le Sommer made her France senior debut in a game against Ireland in February 2009

 
 
PREVIOUS MEETINGS
10/10/1973 | France 4-0 Ireland, Parc des Princes (International Friendly)
23/09/1978 | Ireland 0-0 France, Tolka Park (International Friendly)
23/03/1987 | France 2-0 Ireland, Caudry (International Friendly)
12/11/1994 | Ireland 0-3 France, Turner’s Cross (International Friendly)
18/05/1997 | France 2-0 Ireland, Orry-la-Ville (International Friendly)
12/02/2009 | France 2-0 Ireland, Stade des Allées Jean-Leroi (International Friendly)
25/02/2010 | Ireland 1-2 France, Richmond Park (International Friendly)
22/09/2011 | Ireland 1-3 France, Turner’s Cross (UEFA EURO Qualifier)
15/09/2012 | France 4-0 Ireland, Stade du Roudourou (UEFA EURO Qualifier)
 
 
IRELAND WNT SQUAD
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 (Celtic), 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)
 
 
IRELAND WNT PLAYER STATS
Goalkeepers

Courtney Brosnan | DOB 10/11/1995 | 22 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
 
Defenders
Heather Payne | DOB 26/01/2000 | 34 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Scotland 07/07/2017
Áine O’Gorman | DOB 13/05/1989 | 117 caps / 13 goals | Debut vs Denmark 15/03/2006
Niamh Fahey | DOB 13/10/1987 | 107 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Portugal 07/03/2007
Diane Caldwell | DOB 11/09/1988 | 95 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs Denmark 15/03/2006
Louise Quinn | DOB 17/06/1990 | 104 caps / 15 goals | Debut vs Poland 02/02/2008
Claire O'Riordan | DOB 12/10/1994 | 18 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 | 5 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs Portugal 21/01/2018
 
Midfielders
Katie McCabe | DOB 21/09/1995 | 72 caps / 20 goals | Debut vs Hungary 04/03/2015
Denise O’Sullivan | DOB | 101 caps / 18 goals | Debut vs Wales 17/09/2011
Megan Connolly | DOB 07/03/1997 | 39 caps / 4 goals | Debut vs USA 23/02/2016
Ruesha Littlejohn | DOB 03/07/1990 | 71 caps / 6 goals | Debut vs Hungary 07/03/2012
Lucy Quinn | DOB 29/09/1993 | 14 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 | 7 caps / 2 goals | Debut vs Philippines 19/06/2022
Sinead Farrelly | DOB 16/11/1989 | 1 cap / 0 goals | Debut vs USA 08/04/2023
 
Forwards
Amber Barrett | DOB 16/01/1996 | 36 caps / 7 goals | Debut vs Wales 20/08/2016
Abbie Larkin | DOB 27/04/2005 | 7 caps / 1 goal | Debut vs Russia 19/02/2022
Kyra Carusa | DOB 14/11/1995 | 11 caps / 2 goals | Debut vs Montenegro 11/03/2020
Marissa Sheva | DOB 22/04/1997 | 3 caps / 0 goals | Debut vs China PR 22/02/2023