Ireland WNT Ready To Face Albania In UEFA Nations League

Ireland WNT Ready To Face Albania In UEFA Nations League
HerSport Editor
HerSport Editor

The Ireland Women’s National Team return to Tallaght Stadium for their third game in the 2023-24 UEFA Nations League as they take on Albania on Friday evening 27 October.

The first meeting of these teams at senior women’s level is the first of back-to-back games in this international window as they will meet again next Tuesday, October 31 in Shkoder.

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Albania will become the 52nd different team that Ireland WNT will have played in an official game since 1973. Impressively, Ireland has a fully fit squad to choose from. Should she feature in the game, defender Diane Caldwell would become the seventh WNT Centurion to join the list that includes Emma Byrne (134), Áine O'Gorman (119), Niamh Fahey.

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“We are delighted to return to Tallaght Stadium, which has been the home of Irish women’s football for many years and home to many memorable moments for us to share with our amazing supporters, Interim Head Coach Eileen Gleeson said.

"To have the opportunity to continue our journey in front of a sold-out crowd is a very special moment for us as a team, for players and for all involved. We thank everyone from the supporters, clubs, FAI and Tallaght Stadium staff who ensure we can have the best experience, opportunity and support possible.

"We’ve had a very positive start to our opening games in the current UEFA Nations League, which is testament to the hard work, openness and commitment of a special group of players and staff.

"We want to build on these performances and give the fans an exciting experience while taking another step toward EURO 2025 qualification."

IRELAND WNT SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (London City Lionesses), Sophie Whitehouse (Lewes)
Defenders: Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (FC Zurich), Caitlin Hayes (Celtic), Claire O’Riordan (Standard Liege), Hayley Nolan (Crystal Palace), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Everton)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Tyler Toland (Blackburn Rovers), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Megan Connolly (Bristol City), Lily Agg (Birmingham City), Sinead Farrelly (NY/NJ Gotham), Heather Payne (Everton), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Izzy Atkinson (West Ham United), Erin McLaughlin (Peamount United)
Forwards: Kyra Carusa (San Diego Wave), Abbie Larkin (Glasgow City), Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC), Emily Whelan (Glasgow City)

MATCH DETAILS
UEFA Nations League
Ireland v Albania
Friday, October 27
Tallaght Stadium
KO 17:45
LIVE on RTÉ2

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee | Lizzy van der Helm (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1 | Gerda Eidinzonaitė (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 2 | Ashley de Haan (Netherlands)
Fourth Official | Sterre Bijlsma (Netherlands)

LEAGUE B GROUP B1 RESULTS / FIXTURES
September 23 | Ireland 3-0 Northern Ireland
September 26 | Hungary 0-4 Ireland
October 27 | Ireland v Albania
October 31 | Albania v Ireland
December 1 | Ireland v Hungary
December 5 | Northern Ireland v Ireland

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