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Lily Agg 37' -
Scored: 37'



Friendly Report: Republic of Ireland 1 – 0 Philippines

Sun, Jun 19 2022

Katie McCabe skippered Ireland in the first half with Diane Caldwell having the armband in the section half Credit: FAI

Lily Agg made a match winning debut for the Republic of Ireland senior women’s team on Sunday in the team’s friendly game against the Philippines in Antalya in Turkey.

The match is part of the team’s training camp ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifier in Georgia on 27 June. The London City Lionesses' player was on hand to finish eight minutes from half time for the only goal of the game after Stephanie Roche’s shot was saved by Kiara Fontanilla.

The goal had come after good work from Heather Payne, who was a constant threat down the right during the game, and from Jessica Ziu who slipped the ball into Roche who was making her first start for Ireland in five years. 

Ireland manager Vera Pauw described Agg’s performance as “fantastic” on debut. “She did really well. She is really a six but her best quality is that she can push forward and put the opponents under pressure. She sees the moment to get into the box.”

Ireland didn’t have it all their own way with striker Carleigh Frilles going close with chances in either half when both times she got onto the ball on the edge of the box with Courtney Brosnan to beat. However she couldn’t find the target on either occasion, enabling Brosnan keep her fourth clean sheet for Ireland.

However, away from those chances, the Girls in Green pretty much dominated the possession against a team who have already booked their place at next year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Pauw made four changes at the break and gambled by using all her substitutes by the hour mark with the focus on getting minutes for her players – many of who finished up their club season over a month ago. 

“We took a bit of risk as we had made all our subs after 60 minutes,” said Pauw. “We could have ended up with ten players but we took that risk as game time and rhythm were a key issue.

“We have built it up as a pre-season game. We wanted as many players given game minutes as we need to get into a rhythm for two weeks time for when we play Georgia.

 With temperatures in Turkey tipping 27 degrees, there were water breaks in both halfs, allowing the team to re-hydrate and for Pauw to issue fresh instructions to her players.

“We did everything professionally with electrolytes and ice towels on the neck at the water breaks. We embraced it as we have to be ready for Georgia.”

As well as handing Agg her debut, Pauw brought Jessie Stapleton off the bench with the 17-year old Shelbourne player making her first senior international appearance.

The Ireland boss reported afterwards that there are no injuries amongst the players and that Denise O’Sullivan will join up with the squad on Monday after playing with North Carolina Courage over the weekend.

After the full-time whistle sounded, the players who didn’t play in the game along with some of the substitutes, played a 9v9 practice game against the Philippines to ensure everyone underwent a work-out.

The Ireland squad will continue their training camp in Antalya until next Saturday before travelling to Tbilisi ahead of the game against Georgia the following Monday.

Republic of Ireland Women: Courtney Brosnan; Niamh Fahey (Jessie Stapleton 46), Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell; Heather Payne, Megan Connolly (Jamie Finn 75), Lily Agg (Eabha O'Mahony 63), Katie McCabe (c) (Chloe Mustaki 46); Roma McLaughlin, Stephanie Roche (Abbie Larkin 46), Jessica Ziu (Lucy Quinn 46).

Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Grace Moloney, Claire O'Riordan, Amber Barrett, Aine O'Gorman, Saoirse Noonan. 

Philippines: Kiara Fontanilla, Malea Cesar, Dominique Randle (Jessika Cowart 67), Hali Long ©, Sofia Harrison, Eva Madarang (Anicka Castaneda 85); Jaclyn Sawiki (Jessica Miclat 67), Kristen Bugay, Quinley Quezada (Alisha del Campo 89), Carleigh Frilles (Isabella Flanigan 85), Sarina Bolden.

Subs not used: Inna Palacios, Camille Rodriguez, Kaya Hawkinson, Chantelle Maniti, Tara Shelton, Maya Alcantara, Catherine Graversen. 

Referee: Gamze Durmas Pakkan (Turkey). 

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Lily Ag (Republic of Ireland)


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
Courtney Brosnan 1
Goalkeeper
Louise Quinn 4
Defender
Niamh Fahey 5
46'
46Subbed Off: Jessie Stapleton 46'
Defender
Diane Caldwell
Defender
Heather Payne 14
Midfielder
© Katie McCabe 11
46'
46Subbed Off: Chloe Mustaki 46'
Midfielder
Megan Connolly 6
75'
75Subbed Off: Jamie Finn 75'
Midfielder
Lily Agg
Scored: 37'
63'
63Subbed Off: Eabha O'Mahony 63'
Midfielder
Roma McLaughlin
Forward
Stephanie Roche
46'
46Subbed Off: Abbie Larkin 46'
Forward
Jessica Ziu 2
46'
46Subbed Off: Lucy Quinn 46'
Forward

Substitutes
Claire O'Riordan 19
Defender
Eabha O'Mahony
63'
63Subbed On: Lily Agg 63'
Midfield
Aine O'Gorman 13
Forward
Saoirse Noonan
Forward
Chloe Mustaki 18
46'
46Subbed On: Katie McCabe 46'
Defender
Grace Moloney 16
Goalkeeper
Abbie Larkin
46'
46Subbed On: Stephanie Roche 46'
Forward
Jamie Finn 17
75'
75Subbed On: Megan Connolly 75'
Midfield
Amber Barrett 9
Forward
Lucy Quinn 15
46'
46Subbed On: Jessica Ziu 46'
Forward
Jessie Stapleton
46'
46Subbed On: Niamh Fahey 46'
Defender
Megan Walsh 20
Goalkeeper
Philippines
LJune 19, 2022
Ireland W 1 - 0 Philippines
Kiara Fontanilla
Goalkeeper
Sofia Harrison
Defender
Malea Cesar
Defender
Hali Long
Defender
Eva Madarang
Defender 85'
85Subbed Off: Anicka Castaneda 85'
Dominique Randle
Defender 67'
67Subbed Off: Jessika Cowart 67'
Ryley Bugay
Midfielder
Quinley Quezada
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: Alisha del Campo 89'
Jaclyn Sawicki
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: Jessica Miclat 67'
Carleigh Frilles
Forward 85'
85Subbed Off: Isabella Flanigan 85'
Sarina Bolden
Forward

Substitutes
Cathrine Graversen
Defender
Isabella Flanigan
Forward 85'
85Subbed On: Carleigh Frilles 85'
Alisha del Campo
Forward 89'
89Subbed On: Quinley Quezada 89'
Jessika Cowart
Defender 67'
67Subbed On: Dominique Randle 67'
Anicka Castaneda
Midfield 85'
85Subbed On: Eva Madarang 85'
Maya Alcantara
Defender
Kaya Hawkinson
Midfield
Chantelle Maniti
Defender
Jessica Miclat
Midfield 67'
67Subbed On: Jaclyn Sawicki 67'
Inna Palacios
Goalkeeper
Camille Rodriguez
Midfield
Tara Shelton
Defender

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 International Friendlies

Date: 4 p.m. June 19, 2022

Venue: Bellis Sports Centre, Antalya, Turkey

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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