Our luck will change declares Caldwell

Our luck will change declares Caldwell

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team player Diane Caldwell believes Ireland are saving their luck for something special after last month’s heart- breaking result against Germany.
5th May 2014

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team player Diane Caldwell believes Ireland are saving their luck for something special after last month’s heart- breaking result against Germany.

A freak injury-time goals gave the European champions and Group 1 leaders a narrow 3-2 victory over Sue Ronan’s side at Tallaght Stadium and denied the Irish girls a famous result against the team currently ranked No.2 in the world.

But 25-year-old Caldwell, who has been part of the senior squad for the last eight years since making her debut in March 2006 against Denmark, believes what goes around, comes around and Ireland will get eventually get the rub of the green.

“I don’t think we will ever get over that result but I think we are saving the luck for another time,” said Caldwell. “We have had some really unfortunate results and being really close to qualifying in the past but things have gone against us so I think we are saving the luck for something special and that’s the way I look at it.”

Caldwell, who plays in Norway for Avaldsnes, says the reaction to the German result has been phenomenal with people scratching their heads wondering how the team ranked 30th in the world could not only score twice but also go within minutes of drawing with a side that had scored an average of eight goals in their previous five group games without conceding any.

“I got a lot of messages asking me about the game and saying how the Irish team is getting really good results and has been developing over the past year. We have definitely turned a few heads and countries are becoming a lot more aware of us.”

Ireland meets Russia at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday (7.30pm) and then meet them again in Russia on June 19, five days after the home game against Croatia. Admission to Wednesday’s game is €5 for adults and €2 for students/U16s and there is free parking for match spectators on Level 3 of The Square Shopping Centre.

Caldwell, who watched closely when the Russians played at last summer’s European Championship Finals in Sweden, knows they will provide another stiff test.

“Russia are always strong competitors, a good team and it will be a big test for us but one that we are well able for. We have got our fair share of experience now playing teams that are ranked above us. We are really well prepared for this game and, judging by our performance against those teams that are ranked higher than us, the Russians will be a little bit afraid of us.”

Caldwell admits that Ireland will be particularly keen on Wednesday to keep it tight defensively in the final few minutes having shipped late goals against New Zealand, Canada and Germany already this year.

“It is disappointing especially with the performances being so strong. To concede in the last few minutes is devastating but I think it is just the next step for us to learn from that and to eradicate it and take it to the next level.”

Caldwell is one of the most versatile players in the Irish squad and is enjoying a new role at Avaldsnes where she is the wide right player in the midfield five. After three games of the 2014 season they lie fourth, just one point off the leaders, and Caldwell is delighted with how things have gone.

“I have been happy with my performances and playing in a new role. I am really enjoying that role, I think it suits my attributes. I like getting forward and I’ve scored a goal already which is rare for me. I think I have played nearly every position now expect goalkeeper and I’ve done that in training as well. I am definitely versatile and it is something the coaches like.”

SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Niamh Reid-Burke (Raheny United), Eve Badana (Dexter University). Defenders: Sophie Perry (Millwall), Meabh de Burca (Galway WFC), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsnes), Megan Campbell (Florida State University), Yvonne Tracy (Unattached), 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), Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Emma Hansberry (Castlebar Celtic). Forwards: Fiona O’Sullivan (SC Frieburg), Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United), Ruesha Littlejohn (Sandviken), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United).

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament

Group 1 Table

Pos

Teams

P

W

D

L

F

A

+/-

Pts

1

Germany

7

7

0

0

47

2

45

21

2

Russia

4

3

0

1

7

10

-3

9

3

Ireland

4

2

1

1

8

4

4

7

4

Slovakia

5

1

0

4

2

13

-11

3

5

Slovenia

5

1

0

4

4

25

-21

3

6

Croatia

5

0

1

4

1

15

-14

1