Ireland and Germany set to battle for UEFA Championship Final place

Ireland and Germany set to battle for UEFA Championship Final place

The Republic of Ireland women’s U19 side come face to face with European heavyweight, Germany tomorrow (Tuesday) in Viernheim in the elite qualifying phase of the UEFA Championship with the winner claiming a place in this summer’s European finals.
27th Apr 2009

The Republic of Ireland women’s U19 side come face to face with European heavyweight, Germany tomorrow (Tuesday) in Viernheim in the elite qualifying phase of the UEFA Championship with the winner claiming a place in this summer’s European finals. 
Ireland have already beaten Slovakia and Russia and manager Susan Ronan has hailed the meeting with Germany as the biggest game in her players' lives to date and says that Ireland have nothing to lose in the crucial tie.
The young Irish team have blown their competition away in Germany with inspired performances against Slovakia and Russia in recent days in the elite qualifying phase of the Championships to set-up the winner takes all tie against Germany.
Despite a slow start against Slovakia in their opening game, the Irish came from one goal down to claim a 3-1 victory with goals from Louise Quinn, Susan Hackett, and Zoe Doherty before they produced a heroic display against 2005 European Champions, Russia in a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win last Saturday, courtesy of a Gillian McDonnell wonder-goal.

Ireland's manager, Susan Ronan has urged her players to continue their good run and insists that they have nothing to lose in their final group 4 game,
“Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the biggest game that the girls will have played in their lives to date. Germany are without question, the best side in Europe as they have won the competition twice in three years and there is a very high level of expectancy in Germany that they will reach the finals.
"We will be going into the game as complete underdogs so we will have nothing to lose. There is a possibility that a draw might see both Germany and Ireland through to the finals but there is no way that we will be playing for a draw because if you play that way, there is no greater certainty than that you will lose,” said Ronan.

“From the beginning of the competition, this is the situation that we had hoped to achieve – to go into the final game with qualification still up for grabs against a strong German team.
"In their opening two games, they have scored 11 goals which is a fantastic achievement at this stage of the competition. That being said, I have every faith in our side who have been improving with every match and training session over the past week.
"Football is a funny old game, we are 90 minutes away from the UEFA Championship finals and there is every possibility that we will upset the odds,” added Ronan.

Republic of Ireland Squad
Aisling Dyer – Stella Maris
Karen Duggan - Piltown FC
Louise Quinn - Peamount FC (C)
Susan Hackett - Stella Maris
Niamh Mulcahy - Aisling Annacotty
Amanda Parkes - Wilton Utd.
Rebecca Walsh - Salthill Devon
Gillian McDonnell - Dundalk City WFC
Ciara Grant - Lagan Harps
Lillie Billson - Arsenal FC
Megan Campbell - St. Francis
Sinead Crotty - Connecticut Utd. FC
Amy Ryan - Stella Maris
Anna McCormack - Salthill Devon
Niamh Nolan - St. Francis
Ciara O’Brien - Tramore AFC
Zoe Doherty – Cardonagh
Lucy Hannon – Salthill Devon

UEFA Championship – Elite Qualifying Phase fixtures and results
Thursday, April 23rd
Republic of Ireland 3-1 Slovakia
Heilbronn Stadium

Saturday, April 25th
Russia 0-1 Republic of Ireland
Walldorf Stadium

Tuesday, April 28th
Germany v Republic of Ireland
Viernheim
Kick-off: 11.00am (local time)