Friday 2 December 2016

Fahey confident Ireland can shock Spain

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Niamh Fahey
Niamh Fahey

Long gone are the days of Ireland’s male players enjoying English League titles but Niamh Fahey would love nothing better than to add international progress to the double she recently captured with Chelsea.

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Ireland can take a quantum step towards reaching a first-ever major tournament should they snare even a point from today’s 2017 European Championship qualifier against top seeds Spain at Tallaght Stadium (2pm).

Following last month’s win in Portugal, Sue Ronan’s side face another Iberian nation at the ideal time and Galway girl Fahey wants to cap her splendid year by upsetting the favourites.

“Spain won’t fancy coming to Dublin and playing at a wet and windy Tallaght Stadium,” stressed the 28-year-old centre-back.

“Even their players in the English league don’t like the tackles.

“It was a great first year with Chelsea by winning the English Women’s Super League and the FA Cup, so nicking something off the Spanish would be nice.”

Veteran captain and goalkeeper Emma Byrne echoed Fahey’s stance.

“There can be no more excuses,” she affirmed. “We’ll never get a better chance to qualify.”

IRELAND (Probable) – E Byrne (Arsenal); S Perry

(Brighton), L Quinn (Eskilstuna), N Fahey (Chelsea),

 C Rossiter (Wexford Youths); R Littlejohn (Celtic),

D Caldwell (Avaldsness); JA Russell (UCD Waves),

D O’Sullivan (Glasgow City), S Roche (Sunderland);

A O’Gorman (UCD Waves)

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