IRELAND LOUISE QUEEN praised teammate and namesake Birmingham City Lucy Quinn after both players helped secure an impressive 2-1 victory over Poland in their opening game of the Pinatar Cup in La Manga, Spain.
Wednesday’s victory came against the same opposition that won 4-0 in Ireland back in 2018.
The wards of Vera Pau have shown significant progress over the past 12 months, and the introduction of Lucy Quinn to the team coincided with this remarkable series.
The 28-year-old striker, a native of Southampton, received her first call in September 2021 after receiving an Irish passport and FIFA permission to perform last year.
She quickly established herself as a key member of the team and was an integral part of today’s victory.
After Ireland lagged shortly after the break, Lucy Quinn’s successful shot in the 52nd minute leveled the game and helped her earn the Match Player award.
“It adds something to every game and just fits the style of the game, that’s how we want to move forward,” Louise Quinn said afterwards. “What you see from her, we can still get more from her. She puts off goals and gets into the protocol. She has so much energy and everything that goes into it. “
Louise Quinn then won – her 13th international goal – 15 minutes before the end when a powerful header put Ireland in the driver’s seat.
“When the impulse went our way, I really wanted to [capitalise], and it was from our own detail and the second or third phase from it. In the second half I had an easier chance to equalize 1-1, I was annoyed at myself for not getting that. So I just wanted to send this to them.
“And this is also Niam Fahi’s 100th game, this event meant a lot to us because of what kind of person Niam is on the team. So we just kept going and were confident. ”
She continued, “I thought we were [produced] a truly disciplined performance and controlled the game. Even in the first half we just couldn’t get some of the last passes in the last third and we were still filled with confidence. The penalty shootout was tough and it was one of those that could or couldn’t be, and Courtney [Brosnan] was also close to getting it.
“But we were still on top and we knew we could get more out of the game and the delivery from the kits was great too.”
Withstanding seven defeats before last September’s series a memorable victory over AustraliaSince then, Ireland have lost only once and have four wins in their last six matches.
“Every game is extremely important for our confidence in the World Cup, and we use every part of it,” Quinn added. «[The Pinatar Cup is] a competition in which we can also win, and just always compete.
“We went into it without fear, trying a few different things and just going and playing with that freedom – when mistakes happen, they happen, and maybe that’s the place for it.”