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Ireland v Russia Squad Named
29, Apr 2014 - 08:03

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Ronan names squad for vital qualifier against Russia

Republic of Ireland Women's National Team manager Sue Ronan has named a 22 strong squad for next week's vital FIFA World Cup qualifier against Russia at Tallaght Stadium.

Ronan has added Eve Badana, Yvonne Tracy, Rachel Graham and Emma Hansberry to the 18 players who were on duty for the last qualifier against Group 1 leaders Germany which Ireland lost 3-2 to a freak injury-time goal from the European champions.

"We have a number of players carrying injuries so we will assess them over the coming days before making any decisions regarding the 18 who will be on duty on Wednesday week. Yvonne, Rachel and Emma were with us at the Cyprus Cup and like Eve they are very much part of the extended senior squad," said Ronan.

While Ireland came within minutes of securing a famous result against the Germans on April 5, Ronan is very aware that the game against Russia is vital to the side's hopes of finishing second in the group and qualifying for the World Cup play-offs.

"This is a key game for us," admitted Ronan. "We have both played the other four other teams in the group and they are two points ahead of us so we need to get ahead of them. We have produced some great performances over the last few months against top teams and delivered some very positive results and now we have another match against another team ranked much higher than us. We know what we have to do and hopefully we will get a big crowd in Tallaght to help us because it is not going to be easy. Russia reached last year's European Championships and, after a bad start to the campaign against Germany, they have won three games on the trot. They will come to Dublin knowing a win will put them firmly in the driving seat for the play-offs so there's a lot at stake for both teams."

The FIFA World Cup qualifier against Russia will take place at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday, May 7, with a 7.30pm kick-off. Admission is €5 for adults and €2 for students/U16s.

Ronan also announced that a Republic of Ireland XI will travel to Bilbao after next week's game to play the Basque Country on Saturday, May 10, and she will name that squad on Wednesday.

"This match is a great opportunity for me to look at fringe players in the senior squad, some of the younger players coming through and some of those who have impressed in the Bus Éireann Women's National League this season," said Ronan.

SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Niamh Reid-Burke (Raheny United), Eve Badana (Drexel University). Defenders: Sophie Perry (Millwall), Meabh de Burca (Galway WFC), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsnes), Megan Campbell (Florida State University), Yvonne Tracy (Unattached), Karen Duggan (Peamount United). Midfielders: Julie Ann Russell (Peamount United), Ciara Grant (Raheny United), Siobhan Killeen (Raheny United), Dora Gorman (Peamount United), Shannon Smyth (Amazon Grimstad), Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Emma Hansberry (Castlebar Celtic). Forwards: Fiona O'Sullivan (SC Frieburg), Denise O'Sullivan (Glasgow City), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United), Ruesha Littlejohn (Sandviken), Áine O'Gorman (Peamount United).

Results & Fixtures
Recent Results

March 6, 2013 - Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 5 Northern Ireland 1

March 8, 2013 - Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 1 South Africa 0

March 11, 2013 - Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 0 South Korea 0

March 13, 2013 - Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 0 Finland 1
June 18, 2013 - Friendly: Republic of Ireland 2 Austria 2

September 22, 2013 - FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 0

September 26, 2013 - FIFA World Cup: Croatia 1 Republic of Ireland 1

October 30, 2013 - FIFA World Cup: Slovenia 0 Republic of Ireland 3

March 5, 2014 - Cyprus Cup: New Zealand 1 Republic of Ireland 1

March 7, 2014 - Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 1 South Korea 1

March 10, 2014 - Cyprus Cup: Switzerland 1 Republic of Ireland 2

March 12, 2014 - Cyprus Cup: Canada 2 Republic of Ireland 1

April 5 2014 - FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland 2 Germany 3

Forthcoming Fixtures

May 7 2014 - FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland v Russia

June 14 2014 - FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland v Croatia

June 19 2014 - FIFA World Cup: Russia v Republic of Ireland

August 20 2014 - FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland v Slovenia

September 13 2014 - FIFA World Cup: Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

September 17 2014 - FIFA World Cup: Germany v Republic of Ireland

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament Group 1 Table

Pos Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Germany 7 7 0 0 47 2 45 21
2 Russia 4 3 0 1 7 10 -3 9
3 Ireland 4 2 1 1 8 4 4 7
4 Slovakia 5 1 0 4 2 13 -11 3
5 Slovenia 5 1 0 4 4 25 -21 3
6 Croatia 5 0 1 4 1 15 -14 1

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Squad FIFA World Cup Qualifier v Russia, May 7, 2014

Name Club Position DOB Caps Goals
EMMA BYRNE Arsenal (England) Goalkeeper 14-06-1979 106 0
NIAMH REID-BURKE Raheny United Goalkeeper 06-08-1991 1 0
EVE BADANA Drexel University (USA) Goalkeeper 09-07-1993 3 0
SOPHIE PERRY Millwall (England) Defender 11-11-1986 16 0
MEABH DE BURCA Galway WFC Defender 11-08-1988 35 0
LOUISE QUINN Eskilstuna United (Sweden) Defender 17-06-1990 28 4
MEGAN CAMPBELL Florida State University (USA) Defender 28-06-1993 24 1
YVONNE TRACY Unattached Defender 27-02-1981 78 3
KAREN DUGGAN Peamount United Defender 29-05-1991 4 0
DIANE CALDWELL Avaldsnes (Norway) Defender 11-09-1988 32 1
SHANNON SMYTH Amazon Grimstad (Norway) Midfielder 22-06-1987 29 1
JULIE ANN RUSSELL Peamount United Midfielder 28-03-1991 30 3
CIARA GRANT Raheny United Midfielder 11-06-1993 11 0
DORA GORMAN Peamount United Midfielder 18-02-1993 10 0
SIOBHAN KILLEEN Raheny United Midfielder 15-03-1993 3 0
RACHEL GRAHAM Raheny United Midfielder 18-07-1989 4 0
EMMA HANSBERRY Castlebar Celtic Midfielder 26-05-1994 0 0
FIONA O’SULLIVAN SC Frieburg (Germany) Forward 17-09-1986 29 11
DENISE O’SULLIVAN Glasgow City (Scotland) Forward 04-02-1994 26 7
STEPHANIE ROCHE Peamount United Forward 13-06-1989 29 5
RUESHA LITTLEJOHN Sandviken (Norway) Forward 03-07-1990 19 2
AINE O’GORMAN Peamount United Forward 13-05-1989 64 7

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