Cork duo in Ireland squad for vital Euro qualifier away to Ukraine

Cork duo in Ireland squad for vital Euro qualifier away to Ukraine

Cork's Megan Connolly, along with Denise O'Sullivan, is in the Ireland squad. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

THE Republic of Ireland Women's National Team have finalised their squad for next Friday's crucial UEFA Women's European Championship qualifier away to Ukraine.

Cork's Denise O'Sullivan and Megan Connolly are included in the panel.

Victory for Vera Pauw's team would secure a Play-Off spot with one game still to go - at home to Germany on December 1. While a best runners-up spot, that guarantees automatic qualification, is also in contention.

As per UEFA rules, the nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the two-legged Play-Offs that will be played in April 2021.

Ireland overcame Ukraine 3-2 in Tallaght Stadium on October 8, 2019 (which was Pauw's first game in charge) and will be hoping to complete the double over the team who currently trail them by seven points.

In squad news, goalkeeper Marie Hourihan misses out due to a dislocated finger, while a number of other players are standby ahead of the squad meeting up in Duisburg, Germany for a training camp ahead of the game.

The game will be broadcast live on RTÉ2, which will continue coverage of the team's qualifying campaign from when it first started in September 2019.

Republic of Ireland WNT Squad 

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United), Grace Moloney (Reading), Niamh Reid-Burke (Peamount United) 

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Reading), Keeva Keenan (Celtic), Louise Quinn (Fiorentina), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Aine O'Gorman (Peamount United) 

Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Denise O'Sullivan (Brighton & Hove Albion - on loan from NC Courage), Alli Murphy (London City Lionesses), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Ruesha Littlejohn (Leicester City), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths) 

Forwards: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kyra Carusa (HB Hoge)

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