Pauw thanks fans for memorable night

Pauw thanks fans for memorable night

To have the fans back inside Tallaght Stadium for the first time in 18 months was special, but the atmosphere that they created was extraordinary.

The crowd of 3,314 roared on the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team as they beat Australia 3-2 in a gripping international friendly on Tuesday night.

In what was the 23rd game that the WNT have played in Tallaght, it was the seventh time that the attendance was over 3,000 - albeit restricted by COVID protocols - and the fans made a real difference.

Ireland WNT Manager Vera Pauw wanted to thank the fans for their incredible support.

"I've always said it, from the first moment that I came here, that our fans are truly unbelievable. From when they arrive into the Stadium right the way until the very end, they are cheering us on and that makes such a difference as it helps to inspire our players.

"It was far too long not playing in front of our fans, even though we all appreciate and respect the effects of COVID-19. But on Tuesday, it was like they had never been away. There was an electric feeling around the place and the fans never got tired and never stopped supporting us.

"From myself, the players & the backroom staff, we want to thank everyone who came out to support us. They made a big impact and reminded us that football needs to be played in front of fans because the game belongs to us all.

"We are delighted with our performance and result against Australia, but now we turn our attention to the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers - starting at home, in Tallaght Stadium, against Sweden on October 21st. I really hope that we can get as many fans as possible into the Stadium for that game because it will be one of the biggest games in the history of the Ireland Women's Team.

"We would also like to thank Sky Ireland, who enjoyed their first game as our primary partner. We are excited to work closely with them. And we also issue a special thanks to the media who continue to cover our team and help to raise the profile of women's football as a result.

"For our fans, ee never take their support for granted and it fills us with great pride when we can show our appreciation by signing autographs or taking selfies after the game. We have built a great connection together and we are already looking forward to the Sweden game and seeing our fans again."

Ticket news will be announced soon for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Sweden on Thursday, October 21st.

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