US title success has Megan Campbell smiling

US title success has Megan Campbell smiling

Megan Campbell is wearing a big smile around the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team’s Training Camp in La Manga.

While her Ireland team-mate Stephanie Roche was becoming the first Irish player to be short-listed for the FIFA Puskás Award, Campbell was making her own history by becoming the first Irish women to win a National Collegiate title in America.

She was a key member of the Florida State University side that went one better than 2013 in winning the NCAA Division 1 title on December 7 with a 1-0 win over Virginia to finish the season unbeaten with 20 wins from 21 games, a new school record.

“It was tough to lose out in 2013 especially to a goal in overtime so when we got together in the Spring we knew we had a good chance as we had only lost two players and added a few very good replacements. We came up with a slogan, #TIOY, which stood for ‘This Is Our Year’, and we were determined to go one better. It was a great feeling when we did it and it is nice to be the first Irish player to play on a winning team,” said the defender from Drogheda.

Next up for Campbell is Thursday’s game against World No.9 Norway in La Manga and she admits to looking forward to the test as Ireland take on another the world’s top sides, albeit in a practice match.

“It may be only a training game but they are big opponents. They are going to the World Cup so it is going to be a good test for us. The Camp has been great so far. There is a good team spirit and a few new faces and we are all focused on getting ready for the Euro 2017 qualifiers.”

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Squad

Goalkeepers: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Niamh Reid-Burke (Raheny United).

Defenders: Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Niamh Fahey (Chelsea), Megan Campbell (Florida State University), Sophie Perry (Brighton & Hove Albion), Lauren Dwyer (Raheny United).

Midfielders: Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Carol Breen (Wexford Youths Women’s AFC), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsnes), Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City), Emma Beckett (Unattached).

Forwards: Julie Ann Russell (UCD Waves), Siobhan Killeen (Raheny United), Katie McCabe (Raheny United), Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths Women’s AFC), Fiona O’Sullivan (Notts County), Stephanie Roche.

Source: www.fai.ie

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