IRELAND’s final World Cup qualifier is tonight against Slovakia. The stakes are extremely high for Vera Pauw’s team.
Ireland have already exited Group A as the second team in the group and have now entered the complicated playoff system.
England beat Austria 2-0 on Saturday which means Ireland may not have to play the first round of the qualifiers.
If Ireland beat Slovakia tonight, they will go straight to the second round and skip the first.
A defeat tonight could mean Ireland could possibly play six games to qualify for their first major tournament.
The two of the three winners of the second round play-offs with the highest ranking (based on the results of the qualifying group stage and the second round play-offs) will qualify directly for the World Cup.
The remaining winner of the second-round play-offs will take part in the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup play-off tournament, or inter-confederate play-offs, in New Zealand next February.
Here are the details for tonight’s mammoth match for the Girls in Green
MATCH DAY 👊
Our last match in Group A!
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) September 6, 2022
WHERE DOES IT PLAY
The match will be played in Slovakia at the NTC Senec training center
WHEN IS IT?
The match will take place on Tuesday, September 6.
WHAT TIME IS KICK-OFF?
Kick-off is at 5 p.m. (Irish time)
WHICH CHANNEL IS IT ON?
The match will be broadcast live on RTE 2,
Team news will be released one hour before kick-off.
WHAT VERA PAUW SAID
“It will be an extremely difficult game because Slovakia are a very good team. They drew against Finland and their other games were very close. And we also remember that we couldn’t get the win against them no more, earlier in the campaign in Stade de Tallaght.“Qualification is still in our hands and that is fantastic. We know what we need to do and we will have ticked all the boxes in our preparation. The players and staff have worked incredibly hard to get to this point, something we were all dreaming when the draw was originally made, and we’ll be ready for Tuesday’s game.”
SHAPE SO FAR
Ireland have 14 points in seven games. They drew 1-1 with Slovakia already in the group.
7- Katie McCabe5 – Denise O’Sullivan 2 – Megan Connolly, Louise Quinn 1 – Lily Agg, Amber Barrett, Diane Caldwell, Kyra Carusa, Niamh Fahey, Abbie Larkin, Saoirse Noonan, Lucy Quinn, Maiko Bebia OG
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) September 4, 2022
Guardians: 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), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Liverpool), Aine O’Gorman (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jess Ziu (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City ), Isibeal Atkinson (West Ham United), Aoibheann Clancy (Wexford Youths)
Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC)