PREVIEW: Irish WNT’s Journey Begins In Tallaght

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Sue Ronan’s girls in green begin their UEFA Championship qualifying campaign against Finland in Tallaght Stadium this coming Monday 21st September (Kick Off 7.30pm).

Ronan announced her squad last week with many of the players named being involved in the 2015 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Campaign which resulted in a record points total for an Irish Women’s World Cup campaign. The Irish go into this qualifying campaign as third seeds behind Finland and Spain with the rest of the group being made up with Portugal and Montenegro, strong teams in their own right.

The winners of the each group automatically qualifying for the EURO 2017 finals in the Netherlands, while the six best runners-up from the eight groups will also qualify automatically leaving the other two runners-up to face each other in a play-off for the final qualifying place.

Speaking at  last weeks squad announcement, Sue Ronan said: “Although it has been a year since we played our last competitive game against Germany, we have been busy having held two training camps in January and August, played four games at the Istria Cup in March, a game against Spain in April and two games against USA and Haiti in May. We have added a few players to what is a largely settled squad and they will have an opportunity next week to stake their claims for a place against Finland.

This is a big game for us as Finland are second seeds and, if we are to have any chance of qualifying, we will have to finish in front of them or Spain.

She added: This is a big game for us as Finland are second seeds and, if we are to have any chance of qualifying, we will have to finish in front of them or Spain. We have a tough start as we also play Portugal away in October and are at home to Spain in November so it’s important that we get out of the blocks fast and put points on the board. With the top two likely to qualify there is a mood of optimism among the players but we have now got to get the job done. It won’t be easy but we are all very determined to give it our all.”

The match takes place on Tallaght Stadium on Monday, September 21, at 7.30pm. Admission to the game is €5 adults and €2 for students and schoolchildren. There will be a Fan Zone inside the stadium from 6.30pm. The match will also bebroadcast live by Setanta Sports.