Louise Quinn’s focus turns to Euro 2017 draw
After their narrow defeat by World Cup bound Spain last night, the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team’s next big date is Monday, April 20 when the draw for the qualifying round of the Euro 2017 takes place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
Central defender and vice-captain Louise Quinn admits she will be watching the live streaming of the event aware that the right draw could give the senior women’s team a great shot at reaching the finals of a major tournament for the first time ever
“Even though we will be third seeds, the fact that two teams will go through from most groups, and the two worst runners-up get a play-off, means that if we get a decent draw we could have a very good chance of qualifying. I haven’t started studying pots yet but I will do before the draw and try and work out who I want and who I don’t. The draw will lay out our path for the next 18 months so we will be able to focus on what lies ahead and hopefully it will be kind to us,” said Quinn.
Spain will be one of the teams in Pot 1 at the Euro 2017 draw and Quinn felt Ireland were desperately unlucky not to get a draw against one of the sides who will be looking to win this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“I’m very disappointed we didn’t get something out of the game because we definitely deserved it on our second half performance. We were poor in the first half but we really got it together after half-time and dominated the second half. We had control of the game, we were more comfortable on the ball and people wanted the ball.”
The 24-year-old thought she had grabbed an equaliser seven minutes from time when she headed home a Siobhan Killeen corner.
“I’ve watched the video and I still believe it should have counted. I had my eyes on the ball all the time and I used my arms to try and power myself up. I brushed a defender on the chest with my hand and she just tumbled to the ground. You could say the Spanish girl was very clever but it definitely wasn’t a foul,” said Quinn who headed back to Sweden today to link up with her club Eskilstuna United who begin their 2015 league campaign on Sunday.
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