Ireland WU17s eager to bounce back
After narrowly losing to France in their opening Group B game last Monday, Dave Connell’s team are targeting a victory to get them back on track towards securing a place in the semi-finals.
Switzerland picked up a point in their first game following a 2-2 draw with Norway and Tipperary native McKevitt revealed that Ireland have done their homework on their next opponents.
“The preparation has been really good. Everyone is positive and working really hard after losing the first game against France. We actually did quite well against them (France), so we’ll take some things from that match into the Switzerland game,” said McKevitt.
“But we’ll multiply those good things by 10 to make sure that we get the three points on Thursday. Everything is up to speed, everything is going well, so hopefully we’ll perform on Thursday against Switzerland.”
Despite the result against France, there has been a positive mood around the Ireland squad with the backroom staff doing a terrific job helping the players to recover, prepare, and train for Thursday’s game.
McKevitt reckons all of that assistance adds to the squad’s self-belief and the tricky forward is confident that each of the 18 players can contribute to help the team record a vital win.
Having scored twice in qualifying for these finals, McKevitt is confident that she can find the net against Switzerland to help the Ice Queens get off the mark and into the mix for the final four of the tournament.
“I’m hoping that I’ll score on Thursday to help build up my record, but mainly just to help the team because we all want to play our part to help each other and play better than we did against France,” said McKevitt.
“If we get the three points against Switzerland, we’ll have a great chance going in against Norway on Sunday, where we would want to get another three points and get into the semi-finals.”
UEFA European Championship Finals – Group B
25/06/2015: Republic of Ireland v Switzerland (Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik, Iceland; KO 2pm Irish Time)