FAITH PAW SAYS her team from Ireland “will not underestimate” Wales before tomorrow’s match for third place in the Pinatar Cup.
Girls In Green are looking to end the friendly tournament after a “productive week” in Spain, in preparation for the resumption of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.
Tomorrow’s match with Wales, which ranks 33rd in the world, two places below Ireland, has been moved from La Manga to Pinatar Arena and will start at 14.30 Irish time [live on FAI TV] before the final between Belgium and Russia.
In Saturday’s semifinal, the Russians won 1-0 over the Irishman XI, who has changed a lot after Pava’s team won 2-1 over Poland last Wednesday. Both performances against higher-ranking opposition figures were certainly positive, focusing throughout the development of the players and the rotation of the squad.
Paul revealed on Saturday that he will go full force with the selection of the team against Wales. “On Tuesday we are going to win,” she said. “We choose the best team. The best balance for each position is a team that we will build into qualifying. “
In a flash, the attacker Heather Payne returned to the selection frame, overcame a groin injury to consider herself accessible. The University of Florida star, named the best international player of the year 2021, was replaced in the 53rd minute of the first match against Poland, and then dropped out of the meeting with Russia, but recovered.
Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney has no; a shoulder injury kept her aside. Meanwhile, Liverpool star Megan Campbell has returned home as a precaution as she copes with her workload after returning from a long-term injury.
One of the three debutants against Russia, Chloe Mustaki, will not perform tomorrow for similar reasons as she continues to return after a failure in the cruciate ligament.
Covid-19 also affected the team: two players in isolation tested positive for the virus before Saturday’s game. It is assumed that both are doing well, while all players and staff have been vaccinated and given negative re-test results.
Pavov talks to his team after the defeat by Russia.
Source: Martin Serras Lima / INPHO
And so the focus remains on football, as Ireland expects its 12th victory over Wales in 16 games (they also drew three times and lost once).
“We are looking forward to the game against Wales, which will close the Pinatar Cup and a very productive week for our team,” Pau said.
“Our intention has always been to use this week to work hard on what we need when we play Sweden in our next women’s World Cup qualifier in April.
“The performance against Poland and Russia was very good, and it was especially important that we took a closer look at many players in Russia’s game. The development of all players is part of our path and makes us stronger overall with more options in every position we know we can count on.
“Last week was fantastic in adding to our development, and the hard work of the players and staff is key to that. Part of this is that we manage the load on the players so that they do not get new injuries, but also that they are given the necessary time to recover from previous injuries.
“So we didn’t take any chances with Megan Campbell and why Chloe Mustache won’t play against Wales even though she did so well in our last game.
“It is so important that we follow the return protocols to protect the future of the players and not take unnecessary risks. The players understand this, and we continue to work with them so as not to cause further damage. “
“We will not underestimate Wales, but we look forward to playing another good game and focusing on our key challenges,” added Pav, as an important trip to Gothenburg on April 12 approaches.
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Cathedral of Ireland by WNT
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Maloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton and Hove Albion), Eva Badana (DLR Waves)
Defenders: Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niam Faye (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (Manchester United), Claire Walsh (Glasgow City), Savannah McCarthy (Galway WFC), Ain O’Horman (Pimount United), Chloe Mustache
Midfielders: Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Rusha Littlejon (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham), Ciara Grant (Rangers), Jess (Jess) Ellen Moloy (Wexford Youth), Isibil Atkinson (Celtic)
Forwards: Heather Payne (University of Florida), Keira Carus (HB Hoge), Amber Barrett (FC Cologne), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Abby Larkin (Shelburn), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham)
Pinatar Cup 2022
Match A1 | Wales – Scotland 3-1, Pinatar Arena
Match A2 | Slovakia 0-4 Belgium, Pinatar Arena
Match B1 | Republic of Ireland – Poland 2: 1, La Manga
Match B2 | Hungary 2-2 (0-3 foam) Russia, La Manga
A3 | Wales 0-0 (1-3 penalties) Belgium, Pinatar Arena
A4 | Scotland 2: 0 Slovakia, Pinatar Arena
B3 | Russia – Republic of Ireland 1: 0, La Manga
B4 | Poland 1-2 Hungary, La Manga
Final | Belgium – Russia, Pinatar Arena, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish time)
3rd place | Wales – Republic of Ireland, Pinatar Arena, KO 15:30 (14:30 Irish time)
5th place | Scotland – Hungary, La Manga, KO 20:30 (19:30 Irish time)
7th place | Slovakia – Poland, La Manga, by knockout 15:30 (14:30 Irish time).