REVIEW | WNT 2023-24 UEFA Nations League

REVIEW | WNT 2023-24 UEFA Nations League

The Ireland Women’s National Team completed their 2023-24 UEFA Women’s Nations League campaign with six straight wins to achieve promotion to League A.

Here is a breakdown of the relevant statistics from the campaign:

NOTES

- Ireland finished joint top in teams who won all six games, alongside Turkiye

- Ireland were third in goals scored (20) and joint third in goals conceded (2) alongside Kosovo, Finland, Israel and Azerbaijan

- Five goals for Kyra Carusa brings her overall total up to seven, thus elevating her to joint 10th in the WNT All-Time Goalscoring Charts

- Six competitive wins in a row is a new record for WNT (they did win six games in 2022 but one of which was an International Friendly)

- Diane Caldwell became the seventh WNT player to reach 100 caps, while Megan Connolly became the 14th WNT player to reach 50 caps

- Katie McCabe’s hat-trick in the home win over Albania was her second WNT hat-trick; becoming just the second player to achieve this feat after Olivia O’Toole

- Caitlin Hayes was the only debutant during the UEFA Nations League campaign but was the seventh overall in 2023 (Aoife Mannion, Deborah-Anne De La Harpe, Marissa Sheva, Sinead Farrelly, Tara O’Hanlon, Erin McLaughlin)

- Fourteen games in a calendar year is a new record for the WNT – starting in February and ending in December

LEAGUE B GROUP B1 RESULTS
September 23 | Ireland 3-0 Northern Ireland
September 26 | Hungary 0-4 Ireland
October 27 | Ireland 5-1 Albania
October 31 | Albania 0-1 Ireland
December 1 | Ireland 1-0 Hungary
December 5 | Northern Ireland 1-6 Ireland

LINE-UPS

Ireland 3-0 Northern Ireland
Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Caitlin Hayes, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell (Izzy Atkinson 89); Heather Payne (Abbie Larkin 59), Megan Connolly (Lily Agg 82), Tyler Toland, Denise O’Sullivan, Katie McCabe; Lucy Quinn (Amber Barrett 83), Kyra Carusa (Emily Whelan 89).

Hungary 0-4 Ireland
Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Caitlin Hayes, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell, Katie McCabe; Tyler Toland (Jamie Finn 78), Lily Agg (Megan Connolly 55), Denise O’Sullivan; Heather Payne (Abbie Larkin 55), Kyra Carusa (Amber Barrett 74), Lucy Quinn (Izzy Atkinson 46).

Ireland 5-1 Albania
Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Diane Caldwell (Chloe Mustaki 82), Louise Quinn, Caitlin Hayes; Izzy Atkinson (Erin McLaughlin 57), Denise O’Sullivan, Megan Connolly (Sinead Farrelly 57), Tyler Toland, Abbie Larkin (Jamie Finn 71); Katie McCabe, Kyra Carusa (Emily Whelan 82).

Albania 0-1 Ireland
Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Abbie Larkin (Izzy Atkinson 63), Caitlin Hayes, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell, Katie McCabe, Erin McLaughlin (Heather Payne 46); Tyler Toland, Sinead Farrelly (Jamie Finn 46), Denise O’Sullivan; Kyra Carusa.

Ireland 1-0 Hungary
Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Caitlin Hayes, Louise Quinn, Megan Connolly; Heather Payne, Ruesha Littlejohn (Jamie Finn 56), Tyler Toland (Sinead Farrelly 64), Izzy Atkinson (Lucy Quinn 56); Denise O’Sullivan, Katie McCabe; Kyra Carusa.

Northern Ireland 1-6 Ireland
Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Caitlin Hayes, Louise Quinn (Chloe Mustaki 81), Megan Connolly; Heather Payne (Abbie Larkin 63), Ruesha Littlejohn (Jessie Stapleton 63), Jamie Finn (Lily Agg 85), Katie McCabe; Denise O’Sullivan; Lucy Quinn (Izzy Atkinson 81), Kyra Carusa.

HOME ATTENDANCES
September 23 | Ireland 3-0 Northern Ireland | 35,944
October 27| Ireland 5-1 Albania | 5,732
December 1 | Ireland 1-0 Hungary | 6,752

TEAM STATS

Goals Scored | 20
Goals Conceded | 2
Attempts On Goal | 66
Attempts On Target | 41
Attempts Off Target | 25
Attempts Off Post | 2
Corners Taken | 43
Offsides | 10
Fouls Committed | 46
Fouls Suffered | 50
Yellow Cards | 4

PLAYER STATS

APPEARANCES
6 – Izzy Atkinson, Courtney Brosnan, Kyra Carusa, Caitlin Hayes, Katie McCabe, Denise O'Sullivan, Louise Quinn
5 – Megan Connolly, Jamie Finn, Abbie Larkin
4 – Diane Caldwell, Heather Payne, Lucy Quinn, Tyler Toland
3 – Lily Agg, Sinead Farrelly
2 – Amber Barrett, Ruesha Littlejohn, Erin McLaughlin, Chloe Mustaki, Emily Whelan
1 – Jessie Stapleton

GOALS
5 – Kyra Carusa, Katie McCabe
2 – Caitlin Hayes, Denise O’Sullivan, Lucy Quinn
1 – Lily Agg, Henrietta Csiszar OG, Heather Payne, Louise Quinn

ASSISTS
5 – Katie McCabe
3 – Megan Connolly
2 – Kyra Carusa, Heather Payne
1 – Lucy Quinn

CLEAN SHEETS
4 – Courtney Brosnan

PASS ACCURACY
95% - Chloe Mustaki, Jessie Stapleton
94% - Louise Quinn
88% - Megan Connolly, Ruesha Littlejohn
87% - Sinead Farrelly, Tyler Toland
86% - Diane Caldwell

SHORT & MEDIUM PASSES
96% - Louise Quinn
95% - Chloe Mustaki
94% - Jessie Stapleton
93% - Megan Connolly, Sinead Farrelly
91% - Diane Caldwell, Caitlin Hayes

PROGRESSIVE PASSES
100% - Erin McLaughlin, Chloe Mustaki, Lucy Quinn
89% - Jamie Finn, Katie McCabe
85% - Heather Payne
83% - Diane Caldwell, Sinead Farrelly
81% - Megan Connolly

PASSES TO FINAL THIRD
100% - Chloe Mustaki, Jessie Stapleton
86% - Louise Quinn
83% - Sinead Farrelly
80% - Izzy Atkinson
75% - Ruesha Littlejohn

CROSSING ACCURACY
100% - Megan Connolly, Louise Quinn, Jessie Stapleton
75% - Denise O'Sullivan
67% - Diane Caldwell, Sinead Farrelly
50% - Izzy Atkinson, Caitlin Hayes
45% - Katie McCabe

SUCCESSFUL DRIBBLES
100% - Diane Caldwell, Jamie Finn, Louise Quinn
82% - Izzy Atkinson
67% - Megan Connolly, Abbie Larkin
64% - Katie McCabe
58% - Heather Payne

DUELS WON
100% - Chloe Mustaki, Jessie Stapleton
64% - Caitlin Hayes
62% - Tyler Toland
61% - Louise Quinn
59% - Jamie Finn

AERIAL DUELS WON
100% - Amber Barrett, Erin McLaughlin
83% - Heather Payne
75% - Lily Agg
54% - Louise Quinn
65% - Denise O'Sullivan

INTERCEPTIONS
34 - Caitlin Hayes
25 - Katie McCabe
24 - Tyler Toland
23 - Heather Payne
22 - Abbie Larkin

CLEARANCES
15 - Caitlin Hayes
10 - Louise Quinn
9 - Abbie Larkin
8 - Diane Caldwell
4 - Megan Connolly

TOTAL DISTANCE
10,881m | Heather Payne v Hungary (h)
10,047m | Denise O’Sullivan v Hungary (h)
10,043m | Tyler Toland v Northern Ireland (h)
10,011m | Kyra Carusa v Northern Ireland (a)
9,995m | Caitlin Hayes v Albania (h)

HIGH SPEED RUNNING
1,045m | Heather Payne v Hungary (h)
861m | Denise O’Sullivan v Hungary (h)
782m | Denise O’Sullivan v Northern Ireland (a)
762m | Kyra Carusa v Hungary (h)
746m | Katie McCabe v Northern Ireland (a)

MAX SPEED
8.66 m/s | Kyra Carusa v Hungary (a)
8.19 m/s | Cailtin Hayes v Northern Ireland (a)
8.13 m/s | Lucy Quinn v Northern Ireland (h)
8.08 m/s | Heather Payne v Hungary (a)
8.04 m/s | Diane Caldwell v Northern Ireland (h)

EXPLOSIVE DISTANCE
1,627m | Denise O’Sullivan v Northern Ireland (a)
1,538m | Heather Payne v Hungary (h)
1,471m | Denise O’Sullivan v Hungary (h)
1,368m | Louise Quinn v Hungary (h)
1,360m | Megan Connolly v Northern Ireland (a)

*Thanks to our StatSports Analyst Claire Dunne

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