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Ronan announces Irish Squad for EURO 2013 qualifiers
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:32:16 PM »
Republic of Ireland senior women's manager, Sue Ronan has announced her squad for the upcoming EURO 2013 qualifiers against Wales and France on September 17 & 22 respectively.

Ireland kick-off their campaign at the Newport County Stadium on Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. against Wales who are currently ranked 47th in the FIFA World Rankings.

Five days later, Ireland will face World Cup semi-finalists, France in Turners Cross, Cork at 7.45 pm.

Included in the squad for the first time is highly rated goalkeeper, Eve Badana from Drexel College in Philadelphia while Wilton United starlet, Denise O'Sullivan from Cork recovers from injury to claim a place in the squad. Doncaster Belles midfielder, Áine O'Gorman is included in the squad to face France as she will serve a previous suspension for the game against Wales.

Speaking at the announcement, Sue Ronan said, "This is a very important time for the squad as we start a new campaign with two very difficult games. While Wales are below us in the FIFA ranking's, they are an improving force following the appointment of their new coach, Jarmo Matikainen from Finland. He has introduced a new style of play which is already showing improvement in the team's performances in such a short space of time. I have seen Wales play recent friendlies against Colombia and Northern Ireland and I can guarantee that we will not be taking them lightly."

Ronan added, "While all of our attention now is on the game in Newport, I am really looking forward to the France game in Turners Cross. People involved in the game in Cork will understand the commitment and enthusiasm for women's football throughout the county. The senior team played Kazakhstan in Turners Cross in 2009, in what was a very hard fought victory for them. While I was unable to attend the game due to my commitments with the Irish U19 team, I understand that the crowd played a vital part in getting behind the team which led to a very late winner being scored by Stephanie Roche to secure the 2-1 victory. We will be hoping for a big crowd in Cork and a similar atmosphere, in what will be a very tough game against France. They are now regarded as one of the best teams in the world after their performances in the recent Women's World Cup, when they were unfortunately knocked out in the semi-finals on penalties by the USA" she said.

Republic of Ireland squad
Emma Byrne - Arsenal
Eve Badana - Drexel College/Philadelphia
Yvonne Treacy - Arsenal
Grace Murray - Peamount United
Diane Caldwell - Thor/KA FC
Megan Campbell - Raheny United FC
Louise Quinn - Peamount United
Ciara Grant - Arsenal
Niamh Fahey - Arsenal
Marie Curtin - Kilmallock FC
Shannon McDonnell - Chicago Red Stars
Denise O'Sullivan - Wilton United
Meabh De Burca - Boston Aztec FC
Fiona O'Sullivan - Pitea IF
Stephanie Roche - Peamount United
Julie-Ann Russell - Peamount United
Shannon Smyth - Amazon Grimstad FK
Mary Waldron - St. Catherine's FC
Karen Duggan - Peamount United
Áine O'Gorman - Doncaster Belles FC
Sonya Hughes - Glebe North FC

Well we lost 3-1 against the USA but not on penalties lol
« Last Edit: September 20, 2011, 04:53:26 PM by Sylvain »


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Grant warns against Wales EURO 2013 challenge
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011, 04:54:32 PM »
The Republic of Ireland Women's senior team officially kick-off their UEFA EURO 2013 campaign against Wales at the Newport County Stadium tomorrow (Saturday).


The game will mark a new era for Irish women's football as Irish Head Coach, Sue Ronan takes charge in her first full campaign after taking over the reins from Noel King for the tail-end of the previous World Cup qualifying campaign.


Ronan boasts a fully fit squad ahead of the tie in Newport which includes Wilton United striker, Denise O'Sullivan, who recovers from injury after missing Ireland's international friendly against Switzerland last month.


Despite their opponents being ranked 47th in the FIFA World Rankings, Irish captain, Ciara Grant has warned against any complacency in the Irish side ahead of an intriguing tie.


Speaking on Friday, the Arsenal star said, "From a neutral perspective, many will list Ireland as the favourites for this game. However, Wales are the home team and they will expect the three points from this game.

"Under their new manager, Matikainen from Finland, they are more organised and confident as we have seen from their recent results. The Irish girls playing in the English league will be familiar with many of their players and we are expecting a tough tie.


"While Wales may be under a period of transition under their new manager, I believe that we are going through something similar under our new manager, Sue Ronan.


"Sue's appointment has been brilliant for the squad. She is a former international player and she knows what is needed at this level in big European games. All of the girls in the squad are eager to listen and learn from her experience and I think that will make a huge difference on the pitch in these important qualifiers."


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Denise O'Sullivan the heroine on senior debut
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2011, 09:30:20 AM »
Wales 0-2 Republic of Ireland
                  Denise O'Sullivan 27, 70
The Republic of Ireland women's senior side began their UEFA EURO 2013 campaign with a hard fought 2-0 victory over Wales in Newport on Saturday.
Heroine of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago last year, Denise O'Sullivan will grab all of the headlines as she marked her senior debut with two well taken goals but in truth, Ireland's defence and goalkeeper, Emma Byrne will have to take a lot of the credit for keeping a strong Wales outfit scoreless for 90 minutes.
Wilton striker O'Sullivan grabbed the opening goal in the 27th minute when she showed great anticipation and patience in the Welsh box as she capitalised on some slack defending to nip in between two defenders, showing great composure to slot it under Welsh 'keeper Nokes for a deserved lead.
Wales responded strongly and Jessica Fishlock from Bristol Academy should have equalised in the 35th minute when Gwennan Harries made a darting run down the right wing and her cross was met by Fishlock who headed wide from 6 yards.
A minute later, Wales midfielder Helen Bleazard showed a quick turn of pace as she made a clever run down the left, cutting into the centre but her effort went just over Emma Byrne's goal. Irish midfielder, Shannon Smith almost doubled the score just before half-time when a half-clearance found its way to Smith on the right but her powerful effort was brilliantly held by Nokes in the Welsh goal.
Ireland weathered a period of sustained pressure from the Welsh attack in the opening moments of the second half with central defenders, Louise Quinn and Yvonne Treacy forming a formidable partnership in defence to keep Wales at bay.
Fiona O'Sullivan came close to scoring in the 64th minute when Shannon Smith collected a Niamh Fahey pass on the right wing and her pin-point cross into the box found Fiona O'Sullivan who controlled, swiveled past her marker but Nokes stood firm and palmed the shot out for a corner.
Denise O'Sullivan capped her dream debut in the 70th with a finish that was fitting to the occassion. As Julie-Ann Russell and Fiona O'Sullivan combined inside the Welsh box, Nokes was on-hand to clear the ball as far as the Wilton striker who lifted the ball over the defence and the goalkeeper from 25 yards as it nestled into the back of the net.
Wales missed a glorious chance to get back into the game in the dying moments when Cardiff City defender, Sophie Ingle swung in a cross from the left-wing into Chelsea's Helen Lander who headed straight at Emma Byrne from 6 yards, much to the relief of the Irish defence.
With three points on the board for the opening game of the UEFA EURO 2013 campaign, Ireland must now focus on what will be one of their toughest tests in this campaign when they host FIFA World Cup semi-finalists, France in Turners Cross, Cork on Thursday September 22nd.
Wales: Nokes, Dykes, Ingle, Kylie Davies, Ludlow, Daley, Bleazard, Green, Lander, Harries, Fishlock.
Substitutes: Nicola Davies, Wade, Lea, Manley, Nia Jones, Harding, Foster.
Republic of Ireland: Emma Byrne, Grace Murray, Diane Caldwell, Niamh Fahey, Yvonne Treacy, Louise Quinn, Ciara Grant, Denise O'Sullivan, Fiona O'Sullivan, Shannon Smyth, Stephenie Roche.
Substitutes: Megan Campbell (on for Grace Murray, 55 mins) , Julie-Ann Russell (on for Roche, 66 mins), Shannon McDonnell, Meabh De Burca, Eva Badana, Marie Curtin (on for Smyth, 78mins), Mary Waldron.
REFEREE: M. Mamaeva (RUS)


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Formidable France defeat Irish women in Cork
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2011, 09:31:00 AM »
UEFA Women's 2013 European Championships Group 4 Qualifier
Republic of Ireland 1- 3 France
The Republic of Ireland produced a credible defensive performance but eventually succumbed to France's greater craft and guile in the second-half of the UEFA Women's 2013 European Championships Group 4 Qualifier at Turner's Cross tonight (Thursday).
Second half goals from Louisa Necib, Marie Laure-Delie and Le Sommer put France 3-0 up before Áine O'Gorman pulled one back in the dying moments.
France controlled the pace of the game early on as Ireland defended soundly, limiting France to long distance shooting for much of the first half.
The best chance of the first half fell to the Irish when Megan Campbell's deep delivery from a free-kick to the back post was met by Niamh Fahey. Fahey's arcing header looped back across keeper and went inches outside the far post.
Irish keeper, Emma Byrne denied Gaetane Thiney in the 33rd minute when she sliced through the Irish defence but her shot was brilliantly parried around the post for a corner.
France moved up a number of gears in the second half and they opened the scoring in the 60th minute when Thiney jinked inside the Irish defence, before passing to Le Sommer whose shot was blocked towards Necib whose shot took a wicked deflection, looping over Emma Byrne's head.
France doubled their lead in the 69th minute when substitute Marie Laure-Delie volleyed a Bompastor cross from the left, giving Byrne no chance in goal.
Le Sommer scored France's third in the 73rd mimute as Thiney shot low across Emma Byrne's post. The Arsenal keeper was on-hand to tip the ball onto the post as Le Sommer was left with an easy tap-in from close range.
Áine O'Gorman gave Ireland a brief glimmer of hope in the dying moments of the game with a sublime finish to make the score 3-1.
She raced onto a long delivery over the top and lifted it over the advancing Devile and into the back of the net, which was no more than Ireland deserved with a brave performance in front on 2,235 spectators.
REP OF IRELAND: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Meabh De Búrca (Boston Aztec FC), Yvonne Tracy (Arsenal), Louise Quinn (Peamount United), Megan Campbell (Raheny United FC), Marie Curtin (Kilmallock FC), Áine O'Gorman (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Niamh Fahey (Arsenal), Ciara Grant (captain, Arsenal), Shannon Smyth (Amazon Grimstad FK), Fiona O'Sullivan (Pitea IF).

Subs: Denise O'Sullivan (Wilton United) for Fiona O'Sullivan (70), Julie-Ann Russell (Peamount United) for Curtin (74), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United) for Campbell (84).
FRANCE: Céline Devile (Lyon), Laure Lepailleur (Paris Saint-Germain), Laura Georges (Lyon), Ophélie Meilleroux (Yzeure), Sonia Bampastor (Lyon), Sandrine Soubeyrand (capt, Juvissy Essone), Corine Franco (Lyon), Élisa Bussaglia (Paris Saint-Germain), Louisa Necib (Lyon), Camile Abily (Lyon), Gaétane Thiney (Juvissy Essone).

Subs: Marie-Laure Delie (Montpellier) for Bussaglia (33), Eugénie Le Sommer for Lepailleur (45), Elodie Thomis (Lyon) for Nécib (63).
REFEREE: Simona Ghisela (Switzerland).


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Late goals seal Euro victory for Ireland Women
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2011, 09:31:52 AM »
Denise O'Sullivan broke the deadlock 16 minutes from full-time with her third goals in three competitive matches before Ciara Grant grabbed a second on 87 minutes.
Ireland had struggled to unhinge a sturdy visiting side that seemed contest to soak up pressure and hit on the counter-attack.
While Ireland had much more of the ball during the contest, they were left frustrated by a lack of clear opportunities.
After Stephanie Roche was denied by a smart save by Israel goalkeeper Merav Shamir after only three minutes, Sue Ronan's side scarcely had much by way of goalscoring chances.
Indeed, Emma Byrne in the Irish goal was called upon to produce a save with her legs midway through the opening half when Adva Tvil was allowed race clear undetected.
Chasing an interval lead, Fiona O'Sullivan had a goal disallowed in stoppage time for an infringement on goalkeeper Merav Shamir moments before she rolled the ball into an empty net.
The American-born striker should have done better with a shot that zipped wide on 70 minutes.
But her namesake Denise made no mistake four minutes later when a Grace Murray left-wing cross landed into her path. The Wilton United striker's low volley from ten yards carried enough power to beat Shamir.
Israel retreated further in the final stages, allowing Ireland create a series of late attacks.
Substitute Dora Gorman was only introduced a minute when she picked out the onrushing Ciara Grant to play a captain's part by tucking home the second goal at the near post.
The victory gives Ireland six points from three matches, sufficient to be three behind leaders France who defeated Wales away 4-1 today.
REP OF IRELAND: E. Byrne (Arsenal); M. Curtin (Kilmallock), Y. Tracy (Arsenal), Campbell (Raheny United), G. Murray (Peamount United); S. Roche (Peamount United), N. Fahey (Arsenal), C. Grant (Arsenal); D. O'Sullivan (Wilton United), F. O'Sullivan (Pitea IF), O'Gorman (Peamount United).
Subs: L. Quinn (Peamount United) for Campbell (33 mins), JA Russell (Peamount United) for Roche (73 mins). D. Gorman (Raheny United FC/UCD) for Curtin (86 mins)
ISRAEL: Shamir; Berqui, Ravtis, Redman, Fridman; Lavi, Israel, Shino, Shenar; Tavil, Erez.
Subs: Sade for Shenar (57 mins), Stein for Israel (68 mins), Shmailov for Shino (89 mins)
REFEREE: Petra Chudá (SVK).


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Re: Ronan announces Irish Squad for EURO 2013 qualifiers
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2011, 09:32:42 AM »
Tomorrow there will be a friendly for Ireland with new prospects being tested.