Moloney called up for Slovakia qualifier
Republic of Ireland Women's National Team manager Sue Ronan has been forced to make one change to her squad ahead of Sunday's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovakia at the Carlisle Grounds, Bray (1pm).
Goalkeeper Eve Badana, who is understudy to team captain Emma Byrne, is unavailable and Ronan has called up Reading's Grace Moloney to replace her.
Although uncapped at senior level, Moloney has a wealth of international experience having played at U17 and U19 level and was goalkeeper on the 2010 U17 squad that won silver at the European Championships and then reached the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup. She won the FAI U19 International Player of the Year Award in 2012.
"It disappointing to lose Eve but Grace is an ideal replacement. She has been making steady progress and will get a lot of valuable experience over the next ten days," said Ronan.
Ronan also revealed that defender Louise Quinn is a big doubt for Sunday's game because of a hamstring injury. The 23-year-old, who plays for Swedish side Eskilstuna United, will link up the squad tomorrow for a medical assessment and Ronan is keeping her fingers crossed that Quinn will be available for the trip to Croatia next week if she doesn't make the Slovakia match.
However, Ronan has no fears over skipper Emma Byrne, who missed Arsenal's 2-0 win over Birmingham City on Sunday. Byrne was on the bench for the game as she recovers from bruising sustained in a recent accident but she expects to be fully recovered in time to win her 99th cap against the Slovaks.
The Women's National Squad will assemble on Tuesday at their Dunboyne Castle headquarters to commence their preparations for Sunday's game and the qualifier away to Croatia on Thursday week.
Admission to Sunday's game in Bray will be €10 for adults with U16s admitted for free.
Republic of Ireland Women's National Team Squad: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Grace Moloney (Reading), Seana Cooke (Raheny United), Yvonne Tracy (Arsenal), Megan Campbell (Florida State University), Sophie Perry (Brighton & Hove Albion), Meadbh De Burca (Eskilstuna United), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsness), Julie Ann Russell (Peamount United), Ciara Grant (Peamount United), Karen Duggan (Peamount United), Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Shannon Smyth (Amazon Grimstad), Dora Gorman (Peamount United), Fiona O'Sullivan (SC Frieburg), Denise O'Sullivan (Glasgow City), Sara Lawlor (Peamount United), Ruesha Littlejohn (Glasgow City), AIne O'Gorman (Peamount United).