Pauw urges fans to pack Tallaght Stadium for Ireland WNT

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Pauw urges fans to pack Tallaght Stadium for Ireland WNT

Republic of Ireland women’s national team manager Vera Pauw is calling on supporters to pack out Tallaght Stadium and make plenty of noise, ahead of Tuesday evening’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 Qualifier against Ukraine.
7th Oct 2019

All 8,000 tickets for the game have been gone since Friday and there is a significant waiting list of fans looking for tickets for the crucial clash.
 
Pauw reiterated the importance of the crowd for the game, which will be the new manager’s first game in charge of the squad.
 
She said: “We know there are winds predicated for the time of the game, and there are other genuine reasons that people might be thinking of not coming along. But we really need the fans there behind us. The Irish fans can have a big impact on difficult moments in the game, so if you have a ticket, please come. And if you really cannot, give it to one of the many people looking for one.”
 
The squad trained at Tallaght Stadium on Monday afternoon, and Pauw expects to have a full squad available for selection with no injury concerns ahead of the game.
 
She said: “We need a positive result from this game, we cannot lose. Our first aim is to win the game, but we cannot lose and so if we need to make a decision to go for a draw, we will do that on the night.”
 
Ireland captain Katie McCabe said it has been a very positive week for the squad and they are looking forward to having a big Irish support behind them on Tuesday.
 
She said: “This is a big game for us. Our aim is to qualify and this match is huge for us in terms of doing that. We’ve had a good week together; I feel everyone has reacted really well to everything that has been asked of us, we have worked really hard and we know what Vera wants from us in the game. We will go out there to do our best, like we always do, and having the Irish supporters behind us will just spur us on even more.”
 
The game is live on RTE 2 television from 19:00.
 
Republic of Ireland WNT squad v Ukraine
Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Grace Moloney (Reading), Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Keeva Keenan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire Walsh (Peamount United), Claire O’Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Hayley Nolan (University of Hartford), Megan Campbell (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Stephanie Roche (CF Florentia), Tyler Toland (Manchester City), Chloe Mustaki (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Amber Barrett (FC Köln), Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Julie-Ann Russell (Sydney University)
 
Fixture 
08/10: Republic of Ireland v Ukraine, Tallaght Stadium 19:30pm.

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