Irish women’s squad named for Israel EURO 2013 qualifier
Republic of Ireland Senior Women's Head Coach, Sue Ronan has named 20 players in her squad for the upcoming EURO 2013 qualifier against Israel which takes place at 3pm on Saturday, October 22 at Tallaght Stadium.
After two games, Ireland sit in 3rd position in Group 4 after their 2-0 victory over Wales in September which was followed by a tough 3-1 defeat to FIFA World Cup semi-finalists, France in Turners Cross.
Included in the squad is Irish U19 captain, Dora Gorman who missed out on the last squad because of her involvement with the U19 UEFA Championship qualifiers. Chicago Reds attacker, Michele O'Brien also returns to the squad after an ankle injury and work commitments ruled her out of recent internationals.
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Speaking at the squad announcement, Republic of Ireland Head Coach, Sue Ronan called on her players to respond positively to last month's 3-1 defeat to France in the qualifiers, "I was absolutely delighted with the team's performance against France last month even though we lost 3-1. Defensively, we were very strong in the opening 45 minutes against France and we maybe should have even taken a 1-0 lead before the break. The result in Turners Cross could have been different were it not for a couple of sloppy goals in the second half. It is now up to us to get a win and get our qualification ambitions back on track with three points."
Sue Ronan will hope her side can emulate past results against Israel after they met in the previous FIFA World cup qualifying campaign. In Ronan's third game in charge, Ireland cruised to a 3-0 victory but were made to work for that result with Fiona O'Sullivan netting a hat-trick in the second-half.
"Israel are going to be a very different challenge for us. Their position as bottom seeds of this group can be very misleading as they have proved in the past that they are physically very strong and we will most certainly not take them lightly. While the previous 3-0 win over Israel may seem like an easy victory on paper, we had to wait until the 60th minute before we scored our first goal. Israel were dogged in their defence and we will expect much of the same next week."
"I am delighted to welcome Michele O'Brien back to the squad. She has an excellent approach to the game and she will always give us an extra cutting edge up-front. Meanwhile, Dora Gorman is back to her best and she is benefitting from extended game time that she has played with the U19's and in college. There will be lots of players vying for their place in the starting XI so we are looking forward to getting all of the players together on Tuesday. While we are missing a number of players such as Shannon Smyth, Mary-Therese McDonnell and Shannon McDonnell, we are now in a better position with the strength in depth that we have in the extended squad."
Republic of Ireland
Emma Byrne - Arsenal FC
Niamh Reid-Burke - Raheny United FC
Yvonne Tracy - Arsenal FC
Diane Caldwell - Thor/KA FC
Megan Campbell - Raheny United FC
Louise Quinn - Peamount United FC
Becky Walsh - Raheny United
Grace Murray - Peamount United FC
Marie Curtin - Kilmallock FC
Niamh Fahey - Arsenal FC
Ciara Grant - Arsenal FC
Dora Gorman - Raheny United FC/UCD
Julie-Ann Russell - Peamount United FC
Meabh de Burca - Boston Aztec FC
Fiona O'Sullivan - Pitea IF
Michele O'Brien - Chicago Red Eleven FC
Aine O'Gorman - Peamount United FC
Denise O'Sullivan - Wilton United FC
Stephanie Roche - Peamount United FC
Emma Mullin - Castlebar Celtic FC