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Squad announced for Wales and Scotland Qualifiers
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:05:34 AM »
Squad announced for Wales and Scotland Qualifiers


Sue Ronan today named her squad to play in two vital UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 qualifiers versus Wales on June 16th (17:00) and Scotland on June 21st (19:30). Both matches will be played at Turner’s Cross in Cork.

Captain, Ciara Grant, will pick up her 102nd cap and Emma Byrne makes her return to the squad after missing the recent friendly with Switzerland due to injury. Leaving cert student and Cork native, Denise O’Sullivan, also takes her place in the squad after some excellent recent form and is joined by Limerick native, and former Cork player, Marie Curtin. Bus Eireann Women’s National League top scorer, Stephanie Roche is also included along with Cherelle Khassal who impressed on her debut appearance in Switzerland.

Sue Ronan said ‘The squad is improving all the time and we now have a great mix of youth and experience. We had a good run out against Switzerland last month and that will stand to us for these matches. We know what we need to do after losing in Edinburgh but we have real quality in this side and the girls are full of belief, If we get a large, vocal home crowd then there is no reason why we can’t get the points that we need from these matches.’

Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior International Squad


Emma Byrne                  Arsenal FC

Eve Badana                    Drexel College

Grace Maloney                Reading FC

Yvonne Tracy                  Arsenal FC

Louise Quinn                   Peamount United FC

Megan Campbell              Raheny United FC

Sophie Perry                   Chelsea FC

Diane Caldwell                Avaldsnes FC

Meabh De Burca              Amazon Grimstad FK

Niamh Fahey                   Arsenal FC

Ciara Grant                     Arsenal FC

Marie Curtin                    Fortuna Ålesund FC

Ruesha Littlejohn             Liverpool FC

Julie Ann Russell              Doncaster Belles FC

Aine O’Gorman                Doncaster Belles FC

Michele O’Brien                Chicago Red Eleven FC

Denise O’Sullivan             Cork Women’s FC

Shannon Smyth               Amazon Grimstad FK

Cherelle Khassal              Wexford Youths Ladies FC

Stephanie Roche              Peamount United FC

Republic of Ireland v Wales

Saturday, June 16th, 17:00

Turners Cross, Cork

Republic of Ireland v Scotland

Thursday, June 21st, 19:30

Turners Cross, Cork


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Ireland ready for Welsh Test
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2012, 08:09:09 AM »
Sue Ronan’s Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s International squad face the first of their two huge qualifiers when they play Wales at Turner’s Cross in Cork on Saturday at 5pm. The squad have been together in Cork since Tuesday and preparation has gone well for the games.

Niamh Fahey will be the only absentee from the squad on Saturday as she serves a suspension picked up at the Scotland match. Cork striker, Denise O’Sullivan today linked up with the squad in spite of sitting her last Leaving Certificate exam this morning.

Wales will be without the influential Arsenal player, Jayne Ludlow, who is recovering from injury and has been replaced by Cardiff’s Lauren Price.

Speaking about the match Ireland head coach, Sue Ronan, said ‘Preparations have gone well this week, the girls have worked hard and they know how we want to play against Wales. The focus of the country has been on the men over in Poland but we can create our own piece of history here and that is what we are working towards. We have a strong group here and with a vocal Cork support behind us I am sure that we can get the boost we need before we play Scotland on Thursday.’

Elee Timp

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Re: Squad announced for Wales and Scotland Qualifiers
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 06:40:58 PM »
After capitulation in Edinburgh, pitiful Ireland lurched to a feeble home defeat to Wales.

SuRo must surely consider her position if Ireland finish second bottom of this group.

Her powderpuff outfit now lag behind France, Scotland AND Wales, just ahead of whipping-girls Israel.

The disaster means that, because of seedings, Ireland's progress could be set back many years.

Next time out Ireland will find themselves in a group with two decent teams, instead of one decent team (France) and a team like Scotland.


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Re: Squad announced for Wales and Scotland Qualifiers
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012, 08:40:53 PM »
Well they are still in the play-offs race. A win against Scotland on Thursday would seem back within a point of their opponent on the day.

The question of changing has to be asked because, Ireland need to go forward in term of structure, players improvement and preparation. We have seen that Scotland and Wales are improving fast at a very good rate and will compete surely for a World Cup place in 2015.

Obviously the FAI has created the new league which is a way forward but ireland need better quality players from the young generation and play them like Wales does.


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Ireland women slip up in Euro race
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2012, 11:24:03 AM »
Women's UEFA Group 4 qualifier



The Republic of Ireland women's team saw their UEFA Championship qualification hopes take a turn for the worse today when Wales defeated them with a late goal at Turner's Cross.


Wales hit Ireland on the counter-attack on 71 minutes to claim the three points thanks to Helen Lander lob over goalkeeper Emma Byrne.


With France on course to claim top spot in Group 4, the chase for the runners-up has developed between Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


Following's today's matches, second-placed Scotland lead Wales by three points, with Ireland a point further behind in fourth. Sue Ronan's Ireland must now win their next game, which comes this Thursday when they host Scotland at Turner's Cross.


Ireland had the better of the first half today, with Denise O'Sullivan always a threat in attack. She blasted over the crossbar with a shot on 16 minutes from Shannon Smyth's cut-back and missed the target by a yard on the half hour.


Early in the second half, Emma Byrne was called upon to produce a wonderful save when a shot from Gwennan Harris took a deflection of her strike partner Lander and spun towards goal only for the Arsenal stopper to tip the effort over.


Ireland were next to press and Michele O'Brien should have done better when Aine O'Gorman's knock-down presented the striker with a glorious opening yet her volley skied over the crossbar.


The home side were immediately hit with a sucker-punch as a long punt forward sent Wales striker Lander clear and she executed a superb lob into the net.


A late surge by Ireland almost yielded an equaliser when substitute Stephanie Roche applied a deft header to O'Gorman's knock-on yet Nicola Davis tipped the attempt away.


REP OF IRELAND: E. Byrne (Arsenal); S. Perry (Chelsea), L. Quinn (Peamount United), Y. Tracy (Arsenal), M. Campbell (Raheny United); S. Smyth (Amazon Grimstad FK) C. Grant (Arsenal), M. O'Brien (Chicago Red Eleven); A. O'Gorman (Doncaster Belles), D. O'Sullivan (Cork), JA Russell (Doncaster Belles).

Subs: R. Littlejohn (Liverpool) for O'Brien (71 mins), C. Khassal (Wexford) for Russell (76 mins), S. Roche (Peamount United) for Smyth (86 mins).

WALES: N. Davies (Liverpool); A. James (Arsenal), K. Davies (Chelsea), N. Jones (Cardiff City), S. Ingle (Chelsea); S. Witshire (Watford), M. Green (Bristol Academy), N. Harding (Bristol Academy), J. Fishlock (Bristol Academy); H. Lander (Chelsea), G. Harries (Everton).

Subs: H. Keryakopolis (Liverpool) for Harding (60 mins), L. Price (Cardiff City) for Wiltshire, S. Wade (Barnet) for Green (both 88 mins).

REFEREE: Sophie Karagiorgi (CYP)


Must win game for ireland tonight versus Scotland.

Elee Timp

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Re: Squad announced for Wales and Scotland Qualifiers
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012, 11:18:51 AM »
A brave performance against Scotland but SuRo's girls come up short again.

It's high time Ireland started taking women's football seriously.

They only started a national league last year, when UEFA gave them a hand-out and shamed them into it.

Many moons ago players like Ciara Grant and Emma Byrne emerged in spite of the structure in place.

Tragically - disgracefully - the same shambles is still somehow producing gems like Denise O'Sullivan.

The world has moved on: even Scotland have got their act together and have a setup miles ahead of Ireland's.