Jesse Stapleton amongst three Vera Pauw call ups for Ireland squad as Ellen Molloy ruled out with injury

Mon, Nov 22 2021
After winning the FAI Cup and player of the match in the final Ellen Molloy misses out on the upcoming Ireland games due to injury

After winning the FAI Cup and player of the match in the final Ellen Molloy misses out on the upcoming Ireland games due to injury Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Vera Pauw has made three fresh call ups to her Republic of Ireland squad ahead of the upcoming home World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Georgia.

Shelbourne defender Jessie Stapleton, Celtic's Isibeal Atkinson and Birmingham City forward Emily Whelan have come into the squad as injuries rule out Glasgow City's Claire Walsh, Wexford Youths midfielder Ellen Molloy and Liverpool forward Leanne Kiernan.

There is disappointment for 17-year-old Molloy who picked up an injury during her player-of-the-match performance over the weekend as her team Wexford Youths won the FAI Cup defeating Shelbourne 3-1 at Tallaght Stadium.

For FAI Cup runner up 16-year-old Jessie Stapleton there is the consolation of her first call up for the national team. She joins Ciara Grant and Saoirse Noonan in the squad from the Women’s National League champions Shelbourne.

The squad are training at the FAI National Training Centre on Monday ahead of taking on Slovakia this coming Thursday followed by Georgia on Tuesday 30 November. Both matches are set for Tallaght Stadium.
 

Republic of Ireland WNT Squad
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading)
Defenders: Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (North Carolina Courage), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Savannah McCarthy (Galway WFC), Éabha O'Mahony (Boston College), Áine O'Gorman (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Niamh Farrelly (Glasgow City), Ciara Grant (Shelbourne), Aoibheann Clancy (Wexford Youths), Roma McLaughlin (Central Connecticut State University)
Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Kyra Carusa (HB Koge), Emily Whelan (Birmingham City) Isibeal Atkinson (Celtic), Saoirse Noonan (Shelbourne), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City) 

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