CM – The Irish women’s team are hoping for striker Lucy Quinn to end the Australian friendly defeat



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Manager Vera Pauw speaks to the media ahead of a Republic of Ireland training session at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

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As the mounting pain of Stephen Kenny’s men temporarily ceases to the relief of some, Vera Pauw’s women return in their equally difficult attempts at optimism and Uniting realism.

Despite seven straight defeats, five of them goalless, there will still be a sold-out crowd – albeit a Covid-limited 4,000 – tonight to cheer a side that is losing too much for has become a familiar habit.

The official line that progress will be made as all losses were to established, higher-ranking opponents has tied both their bosses to their regime, while the players, too, wholeheartedly stand behind their methods. < Ireland has to change drastically, however, and the Dutch native hopes striker Lucy Quinn's late confirmation of eligibility to play from Birmingham City could make this happen, especially after their first squad was devastated by 11 sickness and injury surrenders.

« Everyone who follows WSL knows them, » says Pauw. “What I expect from her, we have to see tomorrow – it’s her first game for her – but she will definitely bring the level of the WSL into the squad. That alone is a boost for us.

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« We are getting closer and closer, as you have all seen, we are getting better and better and the moment will come when it will turn and we will score the goals.

 » We were looking for more Quality and this process took five years. Somehow it got stuck. We jumped in and pressed it to help her get that pass.

“She really, really feels like she wants it, she wants to play for Ireland. If you see here in the group, she’s amazing.

“She plays week after week in the WSL and always for 90 minutes and never hurt, touching wood! That adds something to our squad, of course. ”

The cancellation of the opening game of the World Cup qualifier against Georgia last Friday prevented them from a probably morale-boosting victory.

However, they defeated the opponents tonight in a spontaneous way Closed-door practice game in Abbottstown on Thursday after the Matildas arrived in town. a « scrimmage » game with three 25-minute games ended 2-1 in Ireland’s favor.

The remarkable Sam Kerr was not there. Tonight, however, she wins her 100th international game, and with the Chelsea star scoring every other game in international football, her threat is obvious.

Especially against an injured defense, the three victims of broken ankles, Megan Campbell, Keeva Keenan and Claire O’Riordan.

Though they themselves stole half a dozen of the more experienced players who battled Sweden for Olympic bronze in Tokyo, the reputation of visitors here should position them as favorites , especially in view of the Irish injuries.

Australia is in 11th place in the world rankings – Ireland, on the other hand, is a low 33rd place – and on the way to the Olympic semifinals they sent the British team impressively.

Your goals are far more sublime than those of their hosts; they are planning a course that they believe can win the next world championship; Ireland is just hoping to qualify for their first tournament.

“We said we need to play as many unique opponents as possible, which means different types of opponents and Ireland gives us a very different picture than that the other European games so far « , says coach Tony Gustavsson.

 » Ireland will give us that they work extremely hard and will not shy away from a duel.

« It will be a physical game, they will be in this one Never give up challenges and the runs and physicality of the game. So it’s a good game for us. ”

The possession style is similar to Sweden’s, which is why Pauw chose her as an opponent. The main focus for Ireland, regardless of the occupation, is to strive to eliminate defensive glitches and become more clinical on the offensive.

Armed with not one powerful Quinn – defender Louise – but now two, the 4,000 supporters in hope the sold out crowd to witness the end of a dire series of results.




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