Ireland WNT Select Squad For Pinatar Cup Debut
Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Manager Vera Pauw has selected a 27-player squad for their first appearance in the Pinatar Cup tournament.Ireland are guaranteed three games in Spain, starting on Wednesday, February 16th against Poland. The aim is to use these games to help with preparation for April’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier away to Sweden.
Megan Connolly and Denise O’Sullivan make up the Cork contingent.
Defender Megan Campbell returns to the squad for the first time since November 2020 and will be hoping to add to her 42 senior caps – the last of which was achieved in the 3-2 win over Ukraine in October 2019.Niamh Fahey is on 99 caps and could be next to join the exclusive WNT Centurion Club that currently has three members in Emma Byrne (134), Áine O’Gorman (111) and Ciara Grant (105). There is a first senior call-up for Shelbourne forward Abbie Larkin. The Ireland Women’s Under-17 captain impressed in Home-Based Training Sessions and the 16-year-old was invited to train with Pauw’s squad late last year. The squad will meet in Murcia, Spain on Sunday, February 13th and use the La Manga Stadium as their training base. Republic of Ireland WNT Squad Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Eve Badana (DLR Waves) Defenders: Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (Manchester United), Claire Walsh (Glasgow City), Savannah McCarthy (Galway WFC), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Megan Campbell (Liverpool) Midfielders: Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Niamh Farrelly (Glasgow City), Ciara Grant (Rangers), Jess Ziu (Shelbourne), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Isibeal Atkinson (Celtic) Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Kyra Carusa (HB Hoge), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City) 2022 Pinatar Cup Fixtures 16 February Match A1 | Wales v Scotland, Pinatar Arena, KO 15:30 (16:30 Irish Time) Match A2 | Slovakia v Belgium, Pinatar Arena, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish Time) Match B1 | Republic of Ireland v Poland, La Manga, KO 15:30 (14:30 Irish Time) Match B2 | Hungary v Russia, La Manga, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish Time) 19 February A3 | Winner A1 v Winner A2, Pinatar Arena, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish Time) A4 | Runner-up A2 v Runner-up A1, Pinatar Arena, KO 15:30 (14:30 Irish Time) B3 | Winner B2 v Winner B1, La Manga, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish Time) B4 | Runner-up B2 v Runner-up B1, La Manga, KO 15:30 (14:30 Irish Time) 22 February Final | Winner A3 v Winner B3, Pinatar Arena, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish Time) 3rd Place | Runner-up A3 v Runner-up B3, La Manga, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish Time) 5th Place | Winner A4 v Winner B4, Pinatar Arena, KO 15:30 (14:30 Irish Time) 7th Place | Runner-up A4 v Runner-up B4, La Manga, KO 15:30 (14:30 Irish Time) *Republic of Ireland and Slovakia will not play each other due to being in the same FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Group