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In home of Coghlan’s gold run, girls in green primed for ‘middle order’ race against Finland

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Republic of Ireland's Katie McCabe during yesterday's training session at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland's Katie McCabe during yesterday's training session at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland's Katie McCabe during yesterday's training session at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

In a stadium littered with tales of storied sporting endeavours, an Irish women’s soccer team will this evening seek to deliver a resounding statement of what, relatively speaking, is for them an Olympian aspiration.

It may only be the second game of Ireland’s road towards a maiden voyage at a major tournament but, from the perspective of manager Vera Pauw, this is already a pivotal encounter.


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