Monday 24 October 2016

Gargan stays positive ahead of Azeri tie

Jessica Gargan
Jessica Gargan

It is all to play for as the Ireland Women's Under-19s take on Azerbaijan in their second UEFA Elite Phase European Championship qualifier tonight.

Dave Connell's team narrowly lost 1-0 to Germany in their Group 1 opener at Tallaght Stadium but a positive performance has left midfielder Jessica Gargan enthused about bouncing back. The former Peamount United ace, now based in the United States at Quinnipiac University, insists that Ireland can overcome their next opponent and get back in the mix for reaching this summer's finals.

"We were disappointed with the loss to Germany and I know a lot of people will say that losing 1-0 to them is good, but we felt that we could have got something from the game as we put them under a lot of pressure," said Gargan.

"We will take a lot of positives from that game - particularly from the second half when we changed our formation and pressed them high. But we move on now to the next game with the belief that we can take the three points."

The 19-year-old is adamant that this current squad can get past Azerbaijan on Thursday and Poland on Sunday afternoon. Why? Because they are a team on and off the pitch.

"We have been together as a group for five or six years now, so we know each other inside out. This next game is huge for us. We know what we have to do," she added.

Ireland U19s vs Azerbaijan U19s

Tonight, Tallaght Stadium (KO 7.30pm)

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