Republic of Ireland WNT v Northern Ireland WNT preview

Republic of Ireland WNT v Northern Ireland WNT preview

The first ever game at the Aviva Stadium for the Ireland Women’s National Team is set to be played in front of a record crowd with over 38,000 tickets already sold. The UEFA Nations League opener against Northern Ireland kicks off at 13:00, with the Ireland squad having to go straight to the airport afterwards to fly to Hungary for their second game in Group B1.

Eileen Gleeson Interim Head Coach said,"It is a privilege for this group of players and staff to be involved in what will be a historic occasion of playing in the Aviva Stadium for the first time as a Women’s National Team and having what will be a record crowd cheering the team on."We understand how important this game is. Preparations are going well. We have a fully fit squad to choose from, which is a credit to players and all staff. "We expect a tough challenge from Northern Ireland, a team with major tournament experience, and of course a new Head coach in place who brings a wealth of experience and expertise, so we won't be taking anything for granted."

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 MATCH DETAILSUEFA Nations LeagueRepublic of Ireland v Northern IrelandSaturday, September 23Aviva StadiumKO 13:00LIVE on RTÉ2 MATCH OFFICIALSReferee | Hristiyana Guteva (Bulgaria)Assistant Referee 1 | Ekaterina Marinova Petkova (Bulgaria)Assistant Referee 2 | Pavleta Rashkova (Bulgaria)Fourth Official | Kristina Georgieva (Bulgaria) TEAM NEWSIreland have a fully fit squad to choose from. Ireland WNT SquadGoalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (London City Lionesses), Megan Walsh (West Ham United)Defenders: Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (FC Zurich), Caitlin Hayes (Celtic), Claire O’Riordan (Standard Liege), Savannah McCarthy (Shamrock Rovers), Éabha O’Mahony (University of Texas), Hayley Nolan (Crystal Palace), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City)Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Tyler Toland (Blackburn Rovers), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Megan Connolly (Bristol City), Lily Agg (Birmingham City), Heather Payne (Everton), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Marissa Sheva (Washington Spirit), Izzy Atkinson (West Ham United)Forwards: Kyra Carusa (San Diego Wave), Abbie Larkin (Glasgow City), Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC), Emily Whelan (Glasgow City)