Young ‘Girls in Green’ set for penultimate Polish clash

Young ‘Girls in Green’ set for penultimate Polish clash

The Republic of Ireland women's U17 side continue their UEFA Championship, elite qualifying campaign in Ukraine with a testing game against Poland tomorrow (Tuesday). The Irish will put their 100% winning record in the competition on the line at the Krymteplitsa Stadium in the Crimean region of Simferopol at 2pm Irish time.
12th Apr 2010

The Republic of Ireland women's U17 side continue their UEFA Championship, elite qualifying campaign in Ukraine with a testing game against Poland tomorrow (Tuesday). The Irish will put their 100% winning record in the competition on the line at the Krymteplitsa Stadium in the Crimean region of Simferopol at 2pm Irish time.


The fixture which was originally scheduled for Monday was postponed in the aftermath of the air disaster which seen the tragic death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others when their plane crashed in Russia.


Noel King's side currently sit joint top in group 3 behind Sweden who have scored a goal more after defeating Poland 4-1 in their opening game. The Republic of Ireland's 3-1 victory against Ukraine on Saturday ensures that a positive result in this Polish encounter, Noel King and his side will go into the final game on Thursday against Sweden knowing that a win will be enough to take them through to the UEFA Championship finals in Switzerland.


Irish manager, Noel King stated that Poland would present a big threat in the outcome of group 3 but insisted that his side were ready for the challenge, "We are at the elite qualifying stages of the European Championship so there are not going to be any easy games or guaranteed results at this stage in the competition. Essentially, if we defeat Poland tomorrow, the final game with Sweden becomes a winner takes all quarter-final fixture in the UEFA Championships."


"After seeing Poland's first game against Sweden, I am fully aware of the threat that they possess. The 4-1 score-line did not reflect the balance of the game. I thought Poland dominated for large periods while Sweden were more clinical in front of goal and duly put them to the sword. Thankfully, we have a fully fit squad to choose from, with no injury worries whatsoever. The preparation for this game has been second to none in terms of the logistics and training in Ukraine. Tomorrow is a big game for big name players - we have those big names in the side who are capable of stepping up their game on the important occasions. How big the players here can become remains to be seen," King added.


UEFA Women's U17 elite qualifying phase fixtures and results

Saturday, April 10th 2010
Republic of Ireland 3-1 Ukraine
Fiolent Stadium, Simferopol
Kick-off: 13.00hrs (local time)


Monday, April 12th 2010
Poland v Republic of Ireland
Krymteplitsa Stadium, Simferopol
Kick-off: 16.00 hrs (local time)


Thursday, April 15th 2010
Republic of Ireland v Sweden
Krymteplitsa Stadium, Simferopol
Kick-off: 16.00 hrs (local time)


Republic of Ireland squad
Grace Moloney - Reading FC
Kerry Glynn - Montclair Thunderbolts
Jessica Gleeson - Tramore FC
Megan Campbell - St. Francis FC
Ciara Grant - Kilmacrennan Celtic
Siobhan Killeen - Raheny United
Dora Gorman - Salthill Devon
Denise O'Sullivan - Wilton United
Stacie Jayne Donnelly - Reading FC
Niamh McLaughlin - Greencastle FC
Ciara O'Brien - Tramore FC
Aileen Gilroy - Killala FC
Rianna Jarrett - North End United FC
Jennifer Byrne - Bealnamulla FC
Amanda Budden - Wilton United
Rebecca Kearney - Lakewood Athletic
Clare Shine - Douglas Hall FC
Tanya Kennedy - Finn Valley FC

Manager
Noel King