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Whirlwind Week Continues For Saoirse Noonan With Ireland Call-Up

Whirlwind Week Continues For Saoirse Noonan With Ireland Call-Up

Cork City's Saoirse Noonan has earned a first Ireland senior call-up following her impressive recent form that saw her score twice in the FAI Women's Senior Cup semi-final victory over Treaty United.

A day before that victory, Noonan scored 1-2 for the Cork as they beat Kerry in the All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship. It was Noonan's goal which eventually separated the two sides on the scoreboard.

Ireland manager Vera Pauw has confirmed a 31-player squad for their final game in Group I, at home to Germany on December 1st in Tallaght Stadium.

With seven games already played, Ireland are still in the hunt for a playoff place for the 2022 UEFA Women's European Championships.

Noonan's inclusion means that all three of this season's Barretstown / Women's National League Player of the Month recipients have been recognised as Wexford Youths' Ellen Molloy and Shelbourne's Jessica Ziu are also named.

The players will report into camp on November 22nd when the squad will be cut back ahead of the first training session at the FAI National Training Centre.

Germany have already been confirmed as Group I winners, which means that the runner-up spot and a qualifying playoff is now between second-placed Ireland (13 points) and third-placed Ukraine (12 points).

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On December 1st, Ireland will host Germany while Ukraine play Montenegro. Pauw's team currently hold a better goal difference so they need to equal or better Ukraine's result in order to seal second spot.

Republic of Ireland squad to play Germany

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United), Grace Moloney (Reading), Niamh Reid-Burke (Peamount United)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Reading), Keeva Keenan (Celtic), Claire Walsh (Peamount United), Louise Quinn (Fiorentina), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Eabha O'Mahony (Cork City), Isibeal Atkinson (Shelbourne), Aine O'Gorman (Peamount United)

Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Denise O'Sullivan (Brighton & Hove Albion - on loan from NC Courage), Alli Murphy (London City Lionesses), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Ruesha Littlejohn (Leicester City), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne)

Forwards: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kyra Carusa (HB Hoge), Saoirse Noonan (Cork City)

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