Louise Quinn

Louise Quinn hopes club success will transfer to Ireland

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team defender Louise Quinn is hoping her success at club level can be replicated on the international stage.

Quinn linked up with the national squad this week in preparation for Tuesday’s Euro 2017 qualifier against Portugal after helping Eskilstuna to runners-up spot in Sweden and a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

She is one of several players within the squad who have arrived in Portugal on the back of successful seasons with their clubs which she feels has given the whole squad a massive confidence boost.

“It is nice to have teammates who are doing well and have had good club seasons. It just breeds confidence and it rubs off on the other players. You are buzzing about on the pitch and that transfers itself to the other players on training pitch and then you are bringing that’s onto the pitch on match day,” said Quinn.

The rise of Eskilstuna has been a massive story in Swedish football and Quinn has been a key part of it over the last three seasons since joining them after helping Peamount United win the inaugural Women’s National League.

“In 2013 we were in the second tier of the Swedish Women’s League and we went on to win that league and win promotion to the Damallsvenskan which is the top division and easily one of the top three or four leagues in the world,” said Quinn

“We finished a nice seventh place out of 12 teams in 2014 and now this year we have come second and went extremely close to winning it as we were one point off. It is disappointing to have been so close but if you look at the progression we have made as a team it has been an amazing journey.

“I don’t think the club ever thought things were going to push on so quickly. They have set up a great structure for us and we have the right players and we have a really good team. It is tough we didn’t come first but we have to be happy with the progression we have made getting second place and Champions League football.”

The 25 year old is set to win her 40th cap on Tuesday against Portugal and feels she has improved a lot since she made her debut in August 2011 against Switzerland.

“I think I am a smarter player and fitter. I have learned how to play my position and be a leader on the pitch and help others out. My fitness and conditioning have improved a lot from training six or seven times a week and then playing a game. That has helped me massively.”

Ireland’s defeat last month to Finland wasn’t the type of start the squad envisaged as they set out on what they hope will be the road to the Netherlands in 2017 but Quinn is pragmatic and points out there is still a long way to go in the campaign.

“I don’t think it has dented confidence, it was just disappointing at the time. Looking back on the game you could see that we actually did dominate the game and had the better chances but you have to put the ball in the back of the net. It was disappointing but you can’t win the group after the first game so we have just got to put it behind us, there is no point dwelling on it. We have just got to go into the Portugal game as strong as we can and if we play like we played against Finland we can do well but we have got to finish the chances and not concede any silly goals.”

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