King urges caution on eve of Kazakhstan tie
The Republic of Ireland women's senior side resume their FIFA World Cup campaign against Kazakhstan in Turner's Cross, tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm.
The "Girls in Green" will be smarting from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland in Wohlen on Saturday but Irish manager, Noel King has urged caution to his side who face somewhat of an unknown opposition in Cork.
Kazakhstan, currently ranked 59th in the FIFA World Rankings, 32 places behind the Republic of Ireland, failed to advance past the preliminary round of qualifying for the EURO 2009 championship when they were defeated 2-1 by Wales at home in 2006. Despite the overwhelming favourites tag, Noel King has stressed that the Irish must view their visitors as a genuine threat to their qualification bid, "Kazakhstan have not played competitively since 2006 and they have been undergoing major restructuring of their team in that time. We have been doing a lot of research on our visitors and I have received a conclusive dossier on Kazakhstan which gives us a good insight on how Kazakhstan will line up and where they will be dangerous. Football dictates that you must respect your opposition or you will end up with egg on your face," he said.
"I am glad that this game has come so quickly after the Switzerland defeat because I was genuinely pleased with the performance and felt they should have got something out of the game - if the players had taken their chances in front of goal. The game against Kazakhstan is vital if we are to harbor ambitions of World Cup qualification in Germany 2011, said King."
Tickets for the game are €5 with children under 16 free of charge. There are a limited number of family passes available from the Football Association of Ireland by contacting; email@example.com
FIFA Women's World Cup - Group 6 Qualifier
Republic of Ireland v Kazakhstan
Thursday, September 24th 2009
Turners Cross, Cork
Children (Under 16) : Free
Republic of Ireland squad
Emma Byrne - Arsenal
Mary Therese McDonnell - Chicago Red Stars
Meabh de Burca - Salthill Devon
Niamh Fahey - Arsenal FC
Yvonne Tracy - Arsenal FC
Jemma Connor - Birmingham
Ciara Grant - Arsenal
Aine O'Gorman - Stella Maris
Fiona O'Sullivan - Sacramento Storm
Stefanie Curtis - Chelsea
Sonya Hughes - Unattached
Marie Curtin - Lifford
Shannon McDonnell - Unattached
Lynn Bradley - Raheny United
Stephanie Roche - Raheny United
Diane Caldwell - Hofstra University
Amanda Parkes - Wilton United