Irish players hope home fans can make a difference

Irish players hope home fans can make a difference

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team players Diane Caldwell and Meadbh de Burca believe the Irish crowd can play a big role in Saturday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Germany at Tallaght Stadium (3pm)
3rd Apr 2014

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team players Diane Caldwell and Meadbh de Burca believe the Irish crowd can play a big role in Saturday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Germany at Tallaght Stadium (3pm)

The duo are part of an 18 strong squad currently preparing for the game and are looking forward to the test that European champions and Group 1 leaders will present.

“It is a massive game for us and we need a big crowd there to support us,” said Caldwell, who plays for Norwegian side Avaldsnes. “We’ve made a good start to the campaign and we want to keep that going against Germany even though it is going to be very tough.”

De Burca, who is back playing for Galway in the Bus Éireann Women’s National League after a spell in Sweden, agrees that the home support will have a big role to play.


“Obviously there is a lot of hype around the game given that they have been European champions for so long now. It would be a really big scalp if we were to get a result against the Germans,” said de Burca. “We know the quality they have in their team and we know it is going to be our toughest game to game to date but we are just going to go and give it everything we’ve got and try and unsettle them. The fans can play a big part and we hope they will get behind us from the start.”

Saturday’s game will kick-off at 3pm and admission to Tallaght Stadium will be €5 for adults and €2 for U16s and students. It will be preceded by a Girls Festival of Football which will be part of the FIFA Live Your Goals campaign and is being hosted by local Tallaght club Sacred Heart from 12.30pm to 2pm

SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Niamh Reid-Burke (Raheny United). Defenders: Sophie Perry (Millwall), Meabh de Burca (Galway WFC), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsnes), Megan Campbell (Florida State University), Karen Duggan (Peamount United). Midfielders: Julie Ann Russell (Peamount United), Ciara Grant (Raheny United), Siobhan Killeen (Raheny United), Dora Gorman (Peamount United), Shannon Smyth (Amazon Grimstad). Forwards: Fiona O’Sullivan (SC Frieburg), Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United), Ruesha Littlejohn (Sandviken), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United).

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