2019 Review: Ireland WNT

2019 Review: Ireland WNT

The Republic of Ireland Women's Senior Team had a hugely successful 2019 with Vera Pauw's side ending it unbeaten in their UEFA 2021 European Championships qualifying campaign.
25th Dec 2019

Having started the year with Colin Bell in charge, Ireland faced tough friendly opposition in Belgium and Wales in January & February. A youthful Irish side suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Belgium in January before Ireland secured a draw and a win against Wales in February.

In Bell's last game in charge, Ireland travelled to Italy and despite going ahead through Katie McCabe, they suffered a 2-1 defeat.

Interim Head Coach Tom O'Connor took the team to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to face World Champions United States, where they suffered a 3-0 defeat, despite an encouraging second-half performance. O'Connor was also in charge when Ireland opened their EURO 2021 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Montenegro, goals coming from Tyler Toland and McCabe.

Vera Pauw was named as the new manager soon after the Montenegro victory and saw Ireland secure an impressive 3-2 win over Ukraine in her first game in charge. Goals from McCabe, Rianna Jarrett and an own goal from Natiya Pantsulaya sealed an important three points in front of a record 5,328 crowd. 

In the final game of the year, Ireland were on course for an impressive away victory in Greece after Amber Barrett's exquisite chip gave them the lead. Unfortunately, in the final minute of the game, Greece equalised through Anastasia Spyridonidou to see Ireland go home with a point.

Ireland will be in action again in March 2020 when they host Greece before travelling to Montenegro in a double-header.

RESULTS
January 20: Belgium 1-0 Republic of Ireland (International Friendly)
February 28: Wales 0-0 Republic of Ireland (International Friendly)
March 5: Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland (International Friendly)
April 9: Italy 2-1 Republic of Ireland (International Friendly)
August 4: USA 3-0 Republic of Ireland (International Friendly)
September 3: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Montenegro (UEFA 2021 European Qualifier)
October 8: Republic of Ireland 3-2 Ukraine (UEFA 2021 European Qualifier)
November 12: Greece 1-1 Republic of Ireland (UEFA 2021 European Qualifier) 

PLAYER STATS

Minutes Played
720 - Marie Hourihan, Katie McCabe
719 - Louise Quinn
680 - Niamh Fahey
630 - Denise O'Sullivan
501 - Harriet Scott
495 - Heather Payne
459 - Megan Connolly
450 - Tyler Toland
398 - Claire O'Riordan
368 - Diane Caldwell
318 - Leanne Kiernan
234 - Rianna Jarrett
202 - Amber Barrett
200 - Megan Campbell
180 - Jessica Gargan
135 - Keeva Keenan
105 - Emily Whelan
94 - Niamh Farrelly
90 - Jamie Finn
76 - Isibeal Atkinson, Emily Kraft
45 - Julie-Ann Russell
22 - Jessica Ziu
21 - Eabha O'Mahony
15 - Claire Walsh
8 - Stephanie Roche

Goals
3 - Katie McCabe
1 - Amber Barrett, Rianna Jarrett, Louise Quinn, Tyler Toland, Own Goal

Clean Sheets 
2 - Marie Hourihan