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06 Oct 2022

Limerick woman in Rep of Ireland squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Limerick woman in Rep of Ireland squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Republic of Ireland international Claire O'Riordan from Newcastle West

A WEST Limerick woman has been included in Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Manager Vera Pauw's squad for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Slovakia.

Twenty seven-year-old Claire O'Riordan from Newcastle West is named in the 28-strong squad of players for the crucial fixtures.

The experienced O'Riordan joined Scottish giants Celtic FC Women from German side Duisburg in recent weeks.

O'Riordan has played camogie and Ladies Gaelic football for Limerick

She played camogie with Newcastle West and Ladies Football with Monagea before joining up with Wexford Youths soccer side while in college in IT Carlow.

O'Riordan first made her name in the Women's National League with Wexford  as a striker.

There, the highly rated O'Riordan won league titles and the FAI Cup. 

She converted to centre-back following her move to Germany with Duisburg in 2018 and has been a regular in Republic of Ireland Women's Senior squads.

Ireland will host Finland in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday, September 1 in what is expected to be a record crowd after tickets for the game sold out in just 30 minutes.
 
A flight to Bratislava will then follow a few days later as Ireland take on Slovakia on Tuesday, September 6th in their final qualifying game in Group A.
 
After recently moving up to their highest ever position in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, Ireland are now targeting a spot in the Qualifying Play-Offs for next summer's World Cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Goalkeeper Eve Badana, defenders Harriet Scott and Megan Campbell, midfielder Ellen Molloy and forward Leanne Kiernan return after missing the 9-0 victory away to Georgia in June.
 
There is also a recall for Kildare native Hayley Nolan – who has converted from midfield to defence with London City Lionesses – and is selected for the first time since making her debut away to Belgium in April 2021.
 
Injuries rule out the quartet of Savannah McCarthy, Aoife Colvill, Rianna Jarrett and Kyra Carusa.
 
The squad will report into camp this Sunday, August 27 and begin preparations for the two Group A games at the FAI National Training Centre.
 
Both games will be broadcast live on RTÉ2 and worldwide on the RTÉ Player.
 
Republic of Ireland WNT Squad:
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Eve Badana (DLR Waves)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Liverpool), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jess Ziu (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City)
Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC)
 
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier – Group A

Republic of Ireland v Finland
Thursday, September 1st
Tallaght Stadium
KO 19:00
Live on RTÉ / RTÉ Player
 
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier – Group A
Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
Tuesday, September 6th
NTC Senec
KO 17:00 (Irish Time)
Live on RTÉ / RTÉ Player

 

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