Lawlor out of Austria friendly

Striker Sara Lawlor is out of Tuesday’s international friendly after injuring herself in a training match during the Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s Squad’s preparations for the game against Austria  Tallaght Stadium (7.30pm).

Lawlor jarred her knee and suffered a slight medial ligament strain which will keep her sidelined for up to ten days. It means that she misses the opportunity to make her home debut at senior international level but will be fit to travel with the Ireland squad to the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, next month.

The 25-year-old Peamount United attacker has been the outstanding player in the Bus Éireann Women’s National League over the past two seasons winning the Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and scoring 43 league goals over that period, including the 28 which also landed her the Top Scorer Award this season.

Republic of Ireland manager Sue Ronan said that the loss of Lawlor for Tuesday’s game was a big blow to the side.

“She was flying in training and looked very sharp even though it was over a month since the National League ended.  She will be a big loss but at least we have the chance to see her in at the Student Games in Russia,” said Ronan who has called in IT Sligo’s Deirdre Doherty to replace Lawlor. Doherty won her two caps at the Cyprus Cup in March.

For Lawlor the injury is a huge disappointment as she was really looking forward to playing for Ireland for the first time on home soil.

“It’s just one of those things that happens. Thankfully it’s not too serious and I’ll be okay for the World Student Games but it is disappointing. I’ve won six caps and they’ve all been away from home so I was really looking forward to playing in Tallaght, which is my favourite ground, in front of my family and friends,” said Lawlor.


Lawlor was part of the squad at the Cyprus Cup last March and is hoping the squad can build on that performance against Austria. 

“We did very well to top our group and got a 0-0 draw against South Korea who are ranked No 16 in the World. There is no doubt that the results and performances out there gave us a boost and we have to bring that into Tuesday’s game.”

Tuesday’s game against Austria is as key part of Ireland’s preparations for the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign which kicks off in September. Ireland have been drawn in Group 1 alongside Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia.

Tuesday’s match in Tallaght Stadium kicks-off at 7.30pm and admission to the game will be €10 with U16s admitted free of charge.


Republic of Ireland Squad: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Eve Badana (Drexel University), Seana Cooke (Raheny United), Yvonne Tracy (Arsenal), Megan Campbell (Raheny United), Sophie Perry (Unattached), Meabh De Burca (Eskilstuna United), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Karen Duggan (Peamount United), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsness), Julie Ann Russell (Peamount United), Ciara Grant (Raheny United), Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Shannon McDonnell (Unattached), Mary Therese McDonnell (Chicago Red Stars), Fiona O’Sullivan (SC Frieburg), Denise O’Sullivan (Cork Women’s FC), Deirdre Doherty (IT Sligo), Ruesha Littlejohn (Glasgow City), Geraldine McLaughlin (IT Sligo).


Austria Squad: Verena Aschauer (BV Cloppenburg), Nina Burger (SV Neulengbach), Laura Feiersinger (Bayern München), Virginia Kirchberger (BV Cloppenburg), Anna-Carina Kristler (SK Sturm Graz Damen / Stattegg), Lisa Makas (ASV Spratzern), Heike Manhart (SK Sturm Graz Damen / Stattegg), Jennifer Pöltl (ASV Spratzern) Nadine Prohaska (ASV Spratzern), Jelena Prvulovic (USC Landhaus), Sarah Puntigam (SC Kriens), Viktoria Schnaderbeck (Bayern München), Julia Tabotta (ASV Spratzern), Elisabeth Tieber (VfL Sindelfingen), Katia Trödthandl (Valencia CF Femenino), Carina Wenninger (Bayern München), Sarah Zadrazil (ETSU Buccaneers), Manuela Zinsberger (SV Neulengbach).


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