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Making it a night to remember for biggest match in history of Irish women’s soccer

Eamonn Sweeney


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‘A journey of a million miles may lie ahead for Ireland. They can begin it with a single step on Thursday in Tallaght.’ Picture by Stephen McCarthy

‘A journey of a million miles may lie ahead for Ireland. They can begin it with a single step on Thursday in Tallaght.’ Picture by Stephen McCarthy

‘A journey of a million miles may lie ahead for Ireland. They can begin it with a single step on Thursday in Tallaght.’ Picture by Stephen McCarthy

Thursday’s meeting with Finland will be the biggest match in the history of Irish women’s soccer. This is what the World Cup qualification campaign, Vera Pauw’s managerial reign and everything good that’s happened since the players’ strike has been leading up to.

Victory could begin the Irish sporting odyssey to end them all. But first things first. The task in Tallaght is simple. Beat Finland and Ireland are into the play-offs. A draw would keep us one point ahead of the visitors but Vera Pauw’s side would then need a win against a tough Slovakian team the following Tuesday to ensure a play-off spot.


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