Republic of Ireland senior women’s head coach Sue Ronan has named a squad of 24 for the upcoming women’s senior international friendly against Switzerland which takes place on Wednesday, August 24 in Richmond Park at 7.30pm.
Included in the squad are six heroines from the recent Peamount squad who qualified for the knock-out stage of the Champions League including defender Louise Quinn and Denise O’Sullivan, Julie-Ann Russell, Stephanie Roche, Karen Duggan and Grace Murray who are all currently on loan at Peamount United.
Switzerland, who is currently 26th in the FIFA World Rankings, will act as ideal preparation for Sue Ronan’s side that kick-off their EURO 2013 campaign next month with a double header away against Wales on September 17 and against France on September 22 in Turners Cross.
Speaking at the squad announcement, head coach Sue Ronan said, “Over the last nine months we have been working with a nucleus of 30 players in the extended squad and this Switzerland friendly represents the only real competitive test for them before the start of the new campaign. This game will give us an opportunity to look at the players in this environment and I feel that the mix between experience and underage players who have been promoted into the senior panel is very exciting. Switzerland are one of the top teams in Europe as we know only too well after they topped our last World Cup qualifying group in the last campaign. Now is the time for the players to step up their preparation for the serious business of qualifying which begins next month,” said Ronan.
Republic of Ireland squad
Emma Byrne – Arsenal FC
Niamh Reid-Burke – Raheny United FC
Ciara Grant – Arsenal FC
Yvonne Tracy – Arsenal FC
Niamh Fahey – Arsenal FC
Diane Caldwell – Thor/KA FC
Shannon McDonnell – Chicago Red Stars FC
Mary Therese McDonnell – Chicago Red Stars FC
Fiona O’Sullivan – Pitea IF
Shannon Smyth – Amazon Grimstad FK
Meabh de Burca – Boston Aztec FC
Aine O’Gorman – Doncaster Belles FC
Louise Quinn – Peamount United FC
Sonya Hughes – Glebe North FC
Marie Curtin – Kilmallock FC
Karen Duggan – Piltown FC
Stephanie Roche – Raheny United FC
Julie-Ann Russell – Salthill Devon FC
Grace Murray – Dundalk Ladies FC
Dora Gorman – Salthill Devon FC
Megan Campbell – Raheny United FC
Denise O’Sullivan – Wilton United FC
Mary Waldron – St. Catherine’s FC
Jenny Critchley – Salthill Devon FC
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