Ronan happy to see Ireland pass test of character
Republic of Ireland Senior Women's Team manager Sue Ronan was delighted to see her side pass a crucial test of character at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday night.
Substitute Fiona O'Sullivan scored twice as Ireland came back from two goals down with 23 minutes to go against Austria to draw 2-2 in an international friendly.
The side have now lost just once in the five games they have played in 2013 and it leaves them heading into the World Cup qualifiers next September in a confident frame of mind. Ronan feels that positive mood was there for all to see in the second half against Austria
"We were poor in the first half," admitted Ronan. "I thought we were very tentative but we were much better in the second half and showed great character in getting a draw after going 2-0 down. We could even have won it in the final few minutes so I have to be happy, particularly when you consider that Austria reached the European Championship play-offs having been the only team to beat group winners Denmark during the group stages."
Ronan will now turn her attentions to the World University Games where she will manage Ireland's women's team. The squad, which is made up of Third Level students, contains ten of the players that were called up for the game against Austria with Eve Badana, Karen Duggan, Sophie Perry, Seana Cooke, Ciara Grant, Julie Ann Russell, Sara Lawlor, Dora Gorman, Deirdre Doherty and the uncapped Geraldine McLaughlin all heading to Russia where Ireland will face a group that contains China, Canada and Mexico.
"The standard is going to be very high so it will be a great experience for all our players and I am hoping that some of those in the universities squad will seize the opportunity to play their way into the senior squad for the World Cup qualifiers," said Ronan.
Ireland's World Cup fixtures are:
September 22, 2013: Republic of Republic of Ireland v Slovakia
September 26, 2013: Croatia v Republic of Ireland
October 30/31 2013: Slovenia v Republic of Ireland
April 5, 2014: Republic of Ireland v Germany
May 7, 2014: Republic of Ireland v Russia
June 7, 2014: Republic of Ireland v Croatia
June 19, 2014: Russia v Republic of Ireland
August 20, 2014: Republic of Ireland v Slovenia
September 13, 2014: Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
September 17, 2014: Germany v Republic of Ireland
Venues and kick-off times for all games have still be confirmed.