Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Manager Sue Ronan names 20 strong squad

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Manager Sue Ronan has named a 20 strong squad for a training camp in La Manga next week as she starts preparations for what promises to be a busy and testing year.

The WNT already have 11 matches scheduled this year between the on-going FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the Cyprus Cup tournament in March and Ronan is determined to leave no stone unturned as she bids to build on the promise shown by her side in 2013.

“We head into 2014 second in our World Cup qualifying group behind Germany and our early season preparations will be focused on the home games in April and May against Germany and Russia respectively. We have started the group well with seven points from three games and those games will be crucial if we want to achieve our objective of securing at least a play-off spot,” said Ronan.

During 2013, the WNT played eight games, losing only once which was the first time this happened since 2002 when the side only played three games.

“It’s nice that we started producing some good stats in 2013 because we are still in transition and building for the future. The next few months are going to be very testing for us as we will have six games in the first five months of 2014 and all of them will be against sides ranked in the top 22 in the world. However, those are the challenges we want and by the end of May we will have a good idea of where we are at in world terms.”

Having finished eighth at last year’s Cyprus Cup the team return to the Mediterranean for an even tougher test than 2013. At 33 in the World Rankings they are the lowest ranked team in the 12 nation tournament and have been drawn in Group C alongside New Zealand (WR16), South Korea (WR17) and Switzerland (WR22). Their fourth and final game in Cyprus will be a play-off for their final tournament position.

The La Manga Training Camp will be key part of Ronan’s 2014 preparations and her squad of 20 features first time call-ups for two promising young players from the Bus Éireann Women’s National League, Raheny United’s Claire Shine and Castlebar Celtic’s Aileen Gilroy. Gilroy is the latest member of the 2010 European U17 Championship silver medal winning squad to get a senior call-up while 18-year-old Shine is a current U19 international who has already scored a phenomenal 14 goals in 24 competitive underage internationals.

“This is an ideal opportunity for these two promising young players to come into the senior squad. They have impressed this season at club level and they will now get a chance to see what’s required at senior international level,” said Ronan.

The La Manga squad includes 17 of the 18 players who were on duty in Ireland’s last outing away to Slovenia at the end of October with midfielder Shannon Smyth missing the trip to the South of Spain because she is on a coaching course. Raheny’s Ciara Grant, who missed that game, returns while Stephanie Roche, who was a late call-up after the withdrawal through injury of her Peamount United colleague Sara Lawlor, retains her place.

The squad will fly to La Manga on Monday morning and will be based in the Spanish resort for five days during which Ronan intends to work her charges hard.

“This is an ideal opportunity to get the squad together for five days and do a lot of work on the training ground in pleasant weather conditions. I have been very impressed by the eagerness of the squad to improve themselves and I know they are all eagerly looking forward to the camp.”

SQUAD:  Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Grace Moloney (Reading), Seana Cooke (Raheny United), Yvonne Tracy (Arsenal), Sophie Perry (Brighton & Hove Albion), Meabh de Burca (Galway WFC), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsness), Julie Ann Russell (Peamount United), Karen Duggan (Peamount United), Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Ciara Grant (Raheny United), Dora Gorman (Peamount United), Fiona O’Sullivan (SC Frieburg), Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United), Ruesha Littlejohn (Glasgow City), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Claire Shine (Raheny United), Aileen Gilroy (Castlebar Celtic).


Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Squad

La Manga Training Camp, January 13-17, 2014)


Name Club Position DOB



EMMA BYRNE Arsenal (England) Goalkeeper 14-06-1979



GRACE MOLONEY Reading (England) Goalkeeper 01-03-1993



SEANA COOKE Durham (England) Defender 06-07-1988



YVONNE TRACY Arsenal (England) Defender 27-02-1981



SOPHIE PERRY Brighton & Hove Albion (England) Defender 11-11-1986



MEABH DE BURCA Galway WFC Defender 11-08-1988



LOUISE QUINN Eskilstuna United (Sweden) Defender 17-06-1990



DIANE CALDWELL Avaldsness (Norway) Midfielder 11-09-1988



JULIE ANN RUSSELL Peamount United Midfielder 28-03-1991



KAREN DUGGAN Peamount United Midfielder 29-05-1991



RACHEL GRAHAM Raheny United Midfielder 18-07-1989



CIARA GRANT Raheny United Midfielder 11-06-1993



DORA GORMAN Peamount United Midfielder 18-02-1983



FIONA O’SULLIVAN SC Frieburg (Germany) Forward 17-09-1986



DENISE O’SULLIVAN Glasgow City (Scotland) Forward 04-02-1994



STEPHANIE ROCHE Peamount United Forward 13-06-1989



RUESHA LITTLEJOHN Glasgow City (Scotland) Forward 03-07-1990



AINE O’GORMAN Peamount United Forward 13-05-1989



CLAIRE SHINE Raheny United Forward 18-05-1995



AILEEN GILROY Castlebar Celtic Forward 01-03-1993




Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team

Results & Fixtures

2013 Results

March 6, Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 5 Northern Ireland 1

March 8, Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 1 South Africa 0

March 11, Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 0 South Korea 0

March 13, Cyprus Cup: Republic of Ireland 0 Finland 1

June 18, Friendly: Republic of Ireland 2 Austria 2

September 22, FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 0

September 26, FIFA World Cup: Croatia 1 Republic of Ireland 1

October 30, FIFA World Cup: Slovenia 0 Republic of Ireland 3


2014 Fixtures

March 5, 7, 10 and 12, Cyprus Cup: Matches v South Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland. Dates, times and venues to be confirmed.

April 5 2014, FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland v Germany

May 7 2014, FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland v Russia

June 14 2014, FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland v Croatia

June 19 2014, FIFA World Cup: Russia v Republic of Ireland

August 20 2014, FIFA World Cup: Republic of Ireland v Slovenia

September 13 2014, FIFA World Cup: Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

September 17 2014, FIFA World Cup: Germany v Republic of Ireland


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