Peamount fly the flag for Ladies soccer
With only a day to go for possibly the biggest game in Irish ladies club football – Peamount have nothing to fear against a highly rated PSG side. Peamount are representing Ireland having won the FAI Irish cup.
They were drawn alongside Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, ŽNK Krka(Slovenia) and Pärnu FC (Estonia), a group which they finished as runners-up. As one of the best two runner-ups they were the first Irish team ever to qualify to the knockout stages of a European competition.
Team Manager is Elaine Gleeson and Jason Carey director of coaching. Peamount’s players are also making an impact on the international stage; they had five players in the Republic of Ireland squad for last week’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 qualifiers against Wales (Won 2-0 – O’Sullivan scored 2 and France (lost 3-1). International Players: Grace Murray, Karen Duggan, Julie-Ann Russell, Denise O’Sullivan and Stephanie Roche.
The Story So far…
Glesson’s side had to work very hard their place in the last 32, starting with conceding a late goal in a 1-0 loss to highly rated Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (who have 3 Spanish internationals in the team) but then beating ŽNK Krka 7-0 and Pärnu JK 5-1 to go through as one of the two best runners-up.
“This is a very exciting time for women’s football in Ireland,” said national coach Susan Ronan. “The new National Women’s League will continue to nurture and develop the women’s game at domestic and international level. This new National League will be a cornerstone in the future success of our game.”
PSG who were runners up last year in Division 1 Féminine players to watch are:-
Katia – Brazil (3 world cups and 2 Olympic games)
Élise Bussaglia (French Player of the year)
Sonia Bompastor (2 time player of the year, won Champions league 2011)
Laure Boulleau , Laure Lepailleur, Caroline Pizzala and are all French internationals.
Wednesday First leg
Round of 32, First leg – 28/09/2011 – 19:45 – Tallaght Stadium – Dublin