Ireland Women Look For Greek Victory

Katie McCabe will captain Ireland as they look to secure rare away points in their quest for Euro 2021 when they meet Greece this afternoon.

Vera Pauw’s squad have travelled to Athens, intent to build on the wins over Montenegro and Ukraine as they currently sit second in Group I.

“We go into this game aiming to get the win but also knowing that a draw does not kick us out of the qualification race” explained Pauw.

“We have to be realistic where we stand in order to have success and that means being aware of how strong Germany are and that we are fighting for second place.”

“That is not to suggest that Greece will be an easy opponent” added Pauw. “They are very dangerous on the counter attack and at set-pieces, plus they have some influential players who can make a difference. We know that we will have to play well in order to get the win.”

Ireland travelled with a squad of 23 as defender Claire Walsh aggravated an old injury, but otherwise every player is available for selection.

“We have been dealing with a few injuries coming into camp” explained Pauw, “but we can only get stronger from this. It is an opportunity for others to step up and for players to get a chance in the starting line-up.”

“It is up to the talented players to show themselves.”

The Irish Women’s team are aiming to finish 2019 unbeaten in qualification for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 as they enter into their third game in Group I and first away game.

The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs.

While both Ireland and Greece have yet to qualify for the UEFA Women’s European Championships

“The week building up to this game has been very good” explained Pauw. We had to travel but that is part of football and we planned for it.”

“Everything went very smoothly and we have settled in very well. We trained at the stadium on Monday and now we are ready for the game.”

“It would be very positive to follow on from our previous games with another win, but we are taking everything game by game.”

Republic of Ireland Squad:

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Grace Moloney (Reading), Niamh Reid Burke (Peamount United)

Defenders: Keeva Keenan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O’Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Chloe Mustaki (Shelbourne), Eabha O’Mahony (Cork City WFC)

Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Stephanie Roche (CF Florentia), Tyler Toland (Manchester City), Hayley Nolan (University of Hartford), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Julie-Ann Russell (Sydney University)

Forwards: Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne), Clare Shine (Glasgow City)

Greece v Republic of Ireland

Tuesday, November 12

Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifying Group I

Panionios, Athens

Kick-Off: 13:00 (Irish Time)

Referee: Henrikke Nervik (Norway)