A new-look Ireland side with four absolute newcomers and just four players from Rio involved took on Spain in a pair of friendlies in Terrassa this week
Jamie Wright, Keith O’Hare, Matthew Nelson and Julian Dale have an early chance to stake a claim for inclusion in Craig Fulton’s ongoing Irish plans with their inclusion in the panel to travel to Terrassa, Spain for a two-game series next week.
Ireland claimed the series win with Scotland with a clean sweep, doing so while handing debut caps to Jessica McMaster, Roisin Upton, Clodagh Cassin and Ellen Curran
Belgium held off concerted Irish pressure to claim back-to-back wins from their series this week, edging Ireland out 2-1 at Waterloo Ducks on Tuesday evening.
Belgium scored twice late in the day to pull away from Ireland in the first tie of two this week, this one taking place in Auderghem.
Preparations begin in earnest for the 2018 World Cup qualifying bid as Graham Shaw has named two panels for upcoming trips to Belgium and Scotland with five potential debutantes.
Two goals from Marie Ronquetti proved the undoing of Ireland’s five-game winning streak in a closely contested Four Nations Invitational final.
Naomi Carroll’s 52nd minute goal saw Ireland extend their winning streak to five successive games as they beat Chile 2-1 in the semi-final of the Four Nations Invitational tournament at the Merrion Fleet Arena.
Anna O’Flanagan and Ireland’s hot streak continued as the striker scored the only goal of a 1-0 win over Chile, her fifth goal in three games.
Anna O’Flanagan made it four goals in two games as Ireland produced a superbly aggressive second half performance, coming back from a goal deficit at half-time to beat higher ranked Belgium.
Two goals apiece from captain Megan Frazer and Anna O’Flanagan meant that Ireland got their Four Nations campaign off to the perfect start at the Merrion Fleet Arena on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.
Katie Mullan’s goal two minutes from saw Ireland’s women beat Chile 2-1 in a challenge match on a Tuesday evening when Jessica McGirr and Rebecca Barry both made their international debuts.
Rebecca Barry is the latest new cap in the Irish women’s senior panel to get the chance to impress Graham Shaw this summer as they prepare for a four-team tournament at the Merrion Fleet Arena this week.
Ireland’s women will play a four-nations tournament featuring Chile, Scotland and Belgium at the Merrion Fleet Arena from July 30 to August 5.
Ireland completed the local training phase of their Olympic preparation with a 5-0 loss to the world number two side the Netherlands at the Mardyke.
Fatigue looked to play a part as Ireland fell 7-2 to world number two side the Netherlands in their Fexco challenge match at the Mardyke, their third game in three days and sixth in eight days all told.
Ireland scrambled to a second successive draw at the Six Nations Tournament in Valencia, clinging on at times for a 1-1 tie with world number eight side New Zealand.
Ireland picked up their first point of the Six Nations tournament in Valencia but were ultimately frustrated as Pau Quemada’s drag-flick on the final hooter meant they had to share the spoils with Spain.
Craig Fulton confirmed he will be making a significant cut to his Irish panel, most likely from 27 players down to 20, in the coming week following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Canada.
In the absence of an Olympic ticket, “making gains” now is the key message for Irish women’s coach Graham Shaw as they use 2016 to build for a first World Cup shot since 2002 and beyond