King expects tough World Cup decider against Ghana

King expects tough World Cup decider against Ghana

The Republic of Ireland women's U17 side play their final FIFA World Cup, Group D game against Ghana on Monday tomorrow at 12am (Irish time) at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, knowing that a victory will send them through to the quarter finals of the competition. Currently, Ireland sit on top of the group on goal difference with all four teams on three points after two rounds of games. In the other Group D encounter, Brazil take on Canada and barring a high score draw in that game, Ireland could still make the quarter finals if they draw with Ghana.
12th Sep 2010

The Republic of Ireland women's U17 side play their final FIFA World Cup, Group D game against Ghana on Monday tomorrow at 12am (Irish time) at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, knowing that a victory will send them through to the quarter finals of the competition. Currently, Ireland sit on top of the group on goal difference with all four teams on three points after two rounds of games. In the other Group D encounter, Brazil take on Canada and barring a high score draw in that game, Ireland could still make the quarter finals if they draw with Ghana.


While a 2-1 defeat to Brazil resigned Ireland to an opening day defeat in the competition, the young ‘Girls in Green' bounced back in imposing fashion by defeating the highly rated Canada, 1-0 courtesy of a sublime strike by Siobhán Killeen, her second goal of the tournament. Ghana meanwhile, were beaten 1-0 by Canada in their first game but they defied all the odds by stunning Brazil in a 1-0 victory last Thursday which leaves the group finely balanced going into the final group games.


Speaking at the team's base in Tobago, Republic of Ireland manager, Noel King said that Ghana could pose a real threat to Ireland's chances of progression to the quarter finals after their impressive performances in the competition to date, which included a 1-0 victory over Brazil last Thursday, "Ghana are a very tough, quick and aggressive side and they are going to be a real handful in our game on Monday evening. Let's not forget that we will be a really physical threat for them also, it is going to be an intriguing match and the team can't wait to get started. Before the competition began, we all hoped that we could go into our final group game knowing that our destiny was in our own hands which is very much the case. Regardless of what happens against Ghana, I could not be prouder of the teams performances in the World Cup so far. The preparation, spirit and determination of the girls so far has been unbelievable. Unquestionably, this is the most important game in the competition for us to date but from here on in, every game will be a step further into the history books for our girls," he said.


"While Ghana will pose a real physical threat to our game, I think that they will be concerned with the physicality and strength from our girls. Ghana are entitled to do whatever they think is right to get to the next round with their style of play. It's going to be an intriguing match, the girls are fully prepared and have their energy back following our move from Trinidad to Tobago for this final game. We have our final training session on Sunday evening and thankfully the team have a full bill of health with some very slight knocks and bruises thanks to the work of the medical and management staff in the camp. All of the foundations for this game have been laid by everybody here, the rewards are there if we produce a performance which I think we are capable of," he said.



FIFA Women's U17 World Cup - Group 4 Fixtures

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 v Ghana
Monday September 13
Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago
Kick-off: 7pm (local time)


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