The Irish soccer team came unstuck in their EURO 2021 group as they aimed to become the first Irish team in history to qualify for a major Championship.
Ireland were on course to do just that as they sat top of the group for the majority of the qualification period.
Ireland’s positive start to the campaign saw them lead the table with four wins from four. They came unstuck however when they drew away to Greece and the failure to get at least a point in Ukraine saw the team miss out.
Yet despite the disappointing end to the campaign, the Irish team bowed out with plenty to shout about and the optimism and hope is there for them to kick-on and establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
The Girls in Green defeated Greece at home before beating Montenegro 3-0 in emphatic style. Ireland have transitioned into a more possession based game and throughout the tournament exhibited plenty of promise for the future.
Under the captaincy of Katie McCabe and the coaching of Vera Pauw, Ireland have raised the profile of the women’s game both nationally and internationally with many marking Ireland as the team to watch going forward. Next up is the target of qualifying for the World Cup.