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Sylvain

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Ronan names Irish Women’s senior squad for Algarve Cup
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:05:14 PM »
Republic of Ireland Women's Senior Coach Sue Ronan has named her squad for the forthcoming Algarve Cup, which will be held in Portugal between February 29 and March 7 2012.

The tournament, which consists of twelve teams, will mark the nineteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually. The Republic of Ireland Women's Seniors have been drawn in Group C, and will face Hungary on February 29, Wales on March 2nd and Portugal on March 5th.

Speaking today Ronan said, 'I'm looking forward to getting the squad together for the Algarve Cup at the end of the month. We haven't been together since our European Qualifying game v Israel in October, so the 4 games we will play in this tournament will be vitally important as we prepare for the next game in the group, which is away to Scotland in April.'

Ronan also praised the new Bus Eireann Women's National League for nurturing talent for the senior squad. 'This time of year is always a problem for us in terms of the match-fitness of our players because some are only in pre-season with their clubs. However for a change it's the opposite at home where our new Bus Eireann Women's National League is in full-swing and as a result, our home-based players are in tip-top shape! Also the quality of the games these players are now getting on a weekly basis is a big plus and can only benefit the international teams in the coming years. Already it has led to Sara Lawlor, Peamount United FC, being named in the squad for the first time. Sara has played underage football for Ireland, but her outstanding performances in the WNL to date for her club, sees her included for the first time at this level.'

Dora Gorman (Peamount Utd & U19 Captain) and Emma Mullins (Castlebar Celtic) have also been included following their strong performances to date in the league.

From those playing abroad Ruesha Littlejohn (Liverpool Ladies) and Sophie Perry (Chelsea Ladies) get their first call-ups to the squad.

The squad links up on 28th February for travel to the Algarve.

 

Republic of Ireland Women's Senior Squad-Algarve Cup

Emma Byrne Arsenal FC

Eve Badana Drexel College

Grace Moloney Reading FC

Yvonne Treacy Arsenal FC

Louise Quinn Peamount United FC

Megan Campbell Raheny United FC

Sophie Perry Chelsea FC

Grace Murray Peamount United FC

Meabh De Burca Amazon Grimstad FK

Niamh Fahey Arsenal FC

Ciara Grant Arsenal FC

Dora Gorman Peamount United FC

Marie Curtin Cork Women's FC

Julie Ann Russell Doncaster Belles FC

Aine O'Gorman Doncaster Belles FC

Stephanie Roche Peamount United FC

Fiona O'Sullivan Soyaux ASJ

Ruesha Littlejohn Liverpool FC

Denise O'Sullivan Cork Women's FC

Shannon Smyth Amazon Grimstad FK

Emma Mullin Castlebar Celtic FC

Michele O'Brien Chicago Red Eleven FC

Diane Caldwell Avaldsnes FC

Sara Lawlor Peamount United FC

http://www.fai.ie/international/senior-women/102351.html

And I find it funny to see Ruesh and Soph selected for Ireland, I know they played in friendlies but a bit of a shock to be honest.
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Elee Timp

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Re: Ronan names Irish Women’s senior squad for Algarve Cup
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012, 10:45:17 PM »
And I find it funny to see Ruesh and Soph selected for Ireland, I know they played in friendlies but a bit of a shock to be honest.

Good to see SuRo casting the net far and wide to bring in talent.

This way of doing things has worked for the Irish men's team so why not?

If "Ruesh" hits the winning goal against Scotland there will be some red faces at SFA HQ.


Sylvain

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Re: Ronan names Irish Women’s senior squad for Algarve Cup
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2012, 11:26:49 AM »
Good to see SuRo casting the net far and wide to bring in talent.

This way of doing things has worked for the Irish men's team so why not?

If "Ruesh" hits the winning goal against Scotland there will be some red faces at SFA HQ.
Indeed, that would be very funny to be honest...

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND WOMEN       0-1        HUNGARY WOMEN

 

The Republic OF Ireland Women's team were stung by an early Hungary goal on Wednesday as they lost their opening game of the Algarve Cup.

 

Lilla Sipos caught the Irish cold after just minute by breaking through from the wing and beating American-born Eve Badana goalkeeper on her senior debut.

 

The slow start to the game meant Ireland were a while in developing a shape to their attack. Still, they soon gained the upperhand and began to carve out chances.

 

On the half hour, aaptain Ciara Grant saw her header pushed away while Áine O'Gorman had a decent claim for penalty rebuffed after being bundled over inside the area.

 

Peamount United striker Sara Lawlor came on at the interval for his senior debut and immediately caused Hungary trouble with her pace troubled.

 

On numerous occasions, she had the measure of her marker but wasn't presented with many clearcut chances to cap her bow with an equaliser.

 

Sue Ronan's Irish team will meet Wales on Friday before concluding their group on Monday against tournament hosts Portugal. They then face the nation in another group that finishes in the corresponding position of the four teams.

 

"Most of the girls would be lacking match sharpness as the English and American leagues are only in pre-season," said Ronan.

 

"I think that was certainly a factor is the team taking so long to get going. On the play, we probably did enough to win the game but it just didn't work out on the day.

 

"The aim from this Algarve Cup is to build for our next European qualifier away to Scotland on April 5. We'll do lots of work on the training ground and have another three games, so it will be a very worthwhile week."

 

REP OF IRELAND: Badana (Drexel College); Campbell (Raheny United), Quinn (Peamount United), Tracy (Arsenal), De Burca (Amazon Grimstad FK); O'Gorman (Peamount United), Grant (Arsenal), Fahey (Arsenal); D. O'Sullivan (Cork), F. O'Sullivan (Soyaux ASJ), Roche (Peamount United).

Substitutions: Smyth (Amazon Grimstad FK) for O'Sullivan, Lawlor (Peamount United) for O'Gorman, Caldwell (Avaldsnes FC) for De Burca, Russell (Doncaster Belles) for Roche (65 mins), O'Brien (Chicago Red Eleven) for F. O'Sullivan (84 mins).

http://www.fai.ie/international/senior-women/102398-ireland-women-off-to-slow-start-at-algarve-cup.html