Saturday 16 December 2017

Littlejohn looks to do talking on the pitch

John Fallon

Ruesha Littlejohn will try to forget her club woes when she lines out for Ireland against her native Scotland in a vital UEFA Women's Championship qualifier at Turner's Cross tonight (7.30).

The Liverpool striker was suspended for six matches after being found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute with comments on Twitter which included "a reference to sexual orientation".

Her substitute appearance in last Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Wales was Littlejohn's second competitive outing since opting to forsake Scotland last year and she's eager to be involved again in Cork.

Littlejohn, who bagged a dozen goals in 15 appearances for the Scottish youth team, doesn't regret her decision to walk out on her homeland.

"I played for Scotland in the 2008 U-19 Euros, but they didn't pick me for senior squads. I qualified for Ireland through my grandmother so it was an easy choice. I spent a lot of time here when I was younger," she said.

With Arsenal midfielder Niamh Fahey back from suspension, Ireland should be at full strength for a match they must win to have any chance of pipping the Scots for the runners-up spot and a play-off route into next year's Euro finals in Sweden.

IRELAND (probable) -- E Byrne (Arsenal); S Perry (Chelsea), L Quinn (Peamount United), Y Tracy (Arsenal), D Caldwell (Avaldsnes); N Fahey (Arsenal) C Grant (Arsenal), R Littlejohn (Liverpool); A O'Gorman (Doncaster Belles), D O'Sullivan (Cork), S Roche (Peamount United).

Irish Independent

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