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Tatyana Petrova 7' -
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Vera Pauw proud of growth of her team after defeat to Russia

Sat, Feb 19 2022

Ireland boss Vera Pauw Credit: Hugh de Paor

The Republic of Ireland women’s team lost 1-0 in their Pinatar Cup encounter with Russia in Spain on Saturday evening.

Manager Vera Pauw rang the changes from the team that beat Poland during the week and handed notable debutants to three players as Chloe Mustaki, goalkeeper Megan Walsh and 16-year-old Abbie Larkin all earned their first senior international caps.

“It is a shame that we lost but I'm proud and pleasantly surprised by the growth by the second best team (made up of all) the players who didn't play the first match,” said Pauw who’s team found themselves a goal down after seven minutes.

The Ireland boss was keen to give all players in the squad game time across this three match tournament and Pauw proceeded on Saturday evening without Grace Maloney and Heather Payne. Both had knocks while Megan Campbell was omitted as Ireland look to manage her workload. 

“The new players were supported by Diane Cantwell (who skippered the side), Áine O'Gorman and Amber Barrett who have a lot of experience but overall with such a young team and players that faced this level for the first time in their lives, I think we can be proud of the future.”

Just after the hour mark, Ireland introduced Katie McCabe, Denise O’Sullivan and Kyra Carusa into the action.

“In the second half, we changed at the end to try and get the equaliser to get some more pressure forward but the key thing of this game was for the players who do not have the opportunity to play international football often, that they could get a real good run.”


Pauw described the squad as “very emotional” with Mustaki making her debut, after her long journey back from serious health issues and, over the last two years, a serious knee injury sustained during an Ireland training camp. Mustaki was awarded the Sky Ireland player of the match.

“We were very emotional as she fought back from cancer and then when she got back her body was not stable with a lot of work to do. Under that pressure she ruptured her ACL. Then she had set back as it didn't recover in the way that we thought. It is amazing. Playing her first cap and playing the way that she did, it is fantastic.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Megan Walsh also made her debut following her recent switch from representing England which she did at underage level. The ‘keeper made a number of fine saves during the game, thwarting the efforts of the Russian captain Nelli Korovkina on a number of occasions.

“Megan has grown this week and she does so well at club level. We are very happy she chose Ireland. She has a huge future in front of her.

Another player with a huge future is teenager Abbie Larkin who sent close to scoring on her first appearance for the senior international team.

“She could have scored from a very good individual action. We wanted to know what she was capable of already. She needs to grow both physically but getting experience in the game. 

Ireland will play their final Pinatar Cup game on Tuesday when they take on Wales. Paus will look to play here strongest team. “We will go for the best team with the best balance. It will be a team that we will roll out for qualifying.”

Republic of Ireland: Megan Walsh; Diane Caldwell, Claire Walsh, Chloe Mustaki; Áine O'Gorman (Katie McCabe 65), Amber Barrett (Ruesha Littlejohn h/t), Jamie Finn, Ellen Molloy (Denise O'Sullivan 65), Isibeal Atkinson (Jess Ziu h/t); Leanne Kiernan (Lucy Quinn 83), Abbie Larkin (Kyra Carusa 65).

Russia W
WApril 9, 2018
Kazakhstan 0 - 3 Russia W
LJune 8, 2018
Russia W 1 - 3 England
LJune 12, 2018
WALES 2 - 0 Russia W
WNov. 25, 2021
Azerbaijan Women 0 - 4 Russia W
WFeb. 19, 2022
Russia W 1 - 0 Ireland W
Kristina Mashkova
Alsu Abdullina
Elina Samoylova
Tatyana Petrova
Scored: 7'
Ekaterina Pantyukhina
Marina Fedorova
Nelli Korovkina

Natalia Mashina
Yulia Bessolova
Tatyana Shcherbak
Yana Sheina
Vera Simanovskaya
Ireland W
DNov. 25, 2021
Ireland W 1 - 1 Slovakia W
WNov. 30, 2021
Ireland W 11 - 0 Georgia Women
LFeb. 19, 2022
Russia W 1 - 0 Ireland W
DApril 12, 2022
Sweden 1 - 1 Ireland W
WJune 19, 2022
Ireland W 1 - 0 Philippines
20 Megan Walsh
23 Claire Walsh
18 Chloe Mustaki
Diane Caldwell ©
13 Aine O'Gorman
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: Katie McCabe 65'
22 Ellen Molloy
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: Denise O'Sullivan 65'
Abbie Larkin
17 Jamie Finn
9 Amber Barrett
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Ruesha Littlejohn 46'
7 Leanne Kiernan
Forward 83'
83Subbed Off: Lucy Quinn 83'
Izzy Atkinson
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: Jessica Ziu 46'

2 Jessica Ziu
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Izzy Atkinson 46'
15 Lucy Quinn
Forward 83'
83Subbed On: Leanne Kiernan 83'
4 Louise Quinn
10 Denise O'Sullivan
Midfield 65'
65Subbed On: Ellen Molloy 65'
Savannah McCarthy
11 Katie McCabe
Forward 65'
65Subbed On: Aine O'Gorman 65'
8 Ruesha Littlejohn
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Amber Barrett 46'
5 Niamh Fahey
12 Kyra Carusa
1 Courtney Brosnan
Eve Badana


Competition: Friendly

Date: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2022


Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown