O’Gor­man and Quinn on Ire­land women’s squad

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REPUB­LIC of Ire­land women’s se­nior in­ter­na­tional man­ager Noel King has an­nounced a 21 strong squad that will face Ice­land in the UEFA Euro 2009 Women’s Cham­pi­onship play-off on Oc­to­ber 26 and 30 and it in­cludes Co. Wick­low’s Aine O’Gor­man and Louise Quinn.

En­niskerry’s Aine O’Gor­man has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence at this level but Bless­ing­ton’s Louise Quinn was drafted in from the U-19 squad and this will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence for her.

The Ir­ish will host Ice­land in the first leg, play off on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 26 at Rich­mond Park, be­fore trav­el­ling to Ice­land for the re­turn leg on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

Speak­ing at the an­nounce­ment, Ir­ish man­ager, Noel King said; ‘We are un­der no il­lu­sions about the task that we face go­ing into th­ese two games. 12 months ago, qual­i­fy­ing for the play-offs for the Euro 2009 cham­pi­onships was a pipe dream, we have to put our past achieve­ments be­hind us and look for­ward with real op­ti­mism of qual­i­fy­ing for the cham­pi­onship fi­nals in Fin­land next sum­mer.

‘Ice­land are ranked 18th in the world, Nordic coun­tries have been de­vel­op­ing women’s foot­ball for the past 15 years and they will be a real threat in our bid to qual­ify. I feel that we have a great chance of qual­i­fi­ca­tion if we play to our po­ten­tial we can cause prob­lems for any team on our day.’

No mat­ter what the out­come, play­ing for your coun­try at this level is a huge achieve­ment and both girls de­serve plenty of credit.

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