O’Gorman and Quinn on Ireland women’s squad
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.