Ireland set for quarter-final show-down with Japan

Ireland set for quarter-final show-down with Japan

The Republic of Ireland women's U17 side take on Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final in Trinidad, tomorrow (Friday) at 12 midnight. The game will be streamed live by RTE.ie and will also be shown live on Eurosport while there will also be live text commentary available on FAI.ie.
16th Sep 2010

The Republic of Ireland women's U17 side take on Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final in Trinidad, tomorrow (Friday) at 12 midnight. The game will be streamed live by RTE.ie and will also be shown live on Eurosport while there will also be live text commentary available on FAI.ie.


Ireland go into the quarter-finals in superb form following their emergence from Group D as winners ahead of Brazil, Canada and Ghana. Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the opening game but they got their World Cup dream back on track with two successive victories over North American Champions, Canada (1-0) and Ghana (3-0).


Japan also go into the game in confident form following two 6-0 victories over Venezuela and New Zealand respectively after their opening 4-1 loss to European Champions, Spain.


Speaking on the eve of the World Cup quarter-final clash, Republic of Ireland manager, Noel King said, " Since our arrival at the tournament, we have been scouting and monitoring a number of teams, including Japan. We have already seen them play twice and have been looking at the dvd's from their previous games. There is no doubt that they will be a massive test for our side as they possess a different threat to our team which we may not have encountered in the World Cup so far. They are an incredibly strong side who like to play free flowing, attacking football and after scoring 13 goals in the last three games, there's no doubt that they will be dangerous in front of goal. At this stage of the competition, I think everyone knows the style of football that we possess, we will not be changing our system at this stage because I believe it will allow us to get at Japan both defensively and in attack. We also have a number of small knocks in the camp but hopefully the players will recover in time to face Japan," said King.



King added, "All of the girls are extremely excited about qualifying for this stage of the competition. It is a historic moment for women's football in Ireland and no matter what the outcome of this game, we have already made history but I know that the girls just want to go the whole way to the final at this stage, such is the confidence in the squad. Emerging from a group ahead of Brazil, Canada and Ghana was always going to be a massive task and to be honest, nobody here expected us to top the group ahead of those world class teams. Those results have given the whole group the confidence which is required at this level and I really believe that the girls are not finished just yet," he said.


FIFA Women's U17 World Cup - Group 4 Results
Republic of Ireland 1-2 Brazil
Monday, September 6
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad


Republic of Ireland 1-0 Canada
Thursday, September 9
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad

Republic of Ireland 3-0 Ghana
Monday September 13
Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago

FIFA Women's U17 World Cup - Quarter-final
Republic of Ireland v Japan
Friday September 17
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad


Republic of Ireland squad
Grace Moloney - Reading
Ciara O'Brien - Tramore
Megan Campbell - St. Francis
Jessica Gleeson - Tramore
Jennifer Byrne - Bealnamulla
Ciara Grant - Kilmacrennan Celtic
Aileen Gilroy - Killala
Dora Gorman - Salthill Devon
Zoe Boyd - Montclair Thunderbolts (USA)
Denise O'Sullivan - Wilton United
Siobhan Killeen - Raheny United
Stacie Donnelly - Reading
Rianna Jarrett - Westend United
Tanya Kennedy - Finn Valley
Kerry Glynn - Montclair Thunderbolts (USA)
Amanda Budden - Wilton United
Claire Shine - Douglas Hall
Harriet Scott - Reading
Rebecca Kearney - Lakewood Athletic
Jillian Maloney - Roswell Santos (USA)
Emma Hansberry - Strand Celtic


Manager
Noel King