Midfielder Dora Gorman believes the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team can step up a gear when they face Slovenia on Wednesday in what will be the third match of their FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Irish were knocked off top spot on Saturday when Germany beat Slovenia 13-0 to record their second win of the campaign but the Irish, with four points from their first two games, are second and currently occupy the play-off spot.
After assembling and training in London over the weekend, Sue Ronan’s squad flew to Slovenia today ahead of Wednesday’s encounter in Velenje, kick-off 4pm (Irish time).
Gorman produced a superb performance when introduced as a half-time substitute in last month’s 1-1 draw away to Croatia.
She returned to action during the summer after almost a year out with a bad hamstring injury.
“It was brilliant to get back on the pitch. After I was away in Russia at the World Students Games I had a bit of setback so I was just delighted to get back playing.
"I had three full matches for Peamount going into that game so I had got some matches under my belt, but I really enjoyed it.”
"We know it is not going to be easy but we can improve on our performance against Croatia"
Gorman admitted that the squad were disappointed with the draw against Croatia but, considering they only earned a point after an equaliser four minutes into injury time, there was a sense of relief as well.
“After beating Slovakia in our opening game we would have been aiming for six points from two games going into the second match but, given the way the game went, we were delighted to get the equaliser and end up with four points. At least we didn’t lose it.”
Like Ireland, Slovenia are facing their third game of the campaign and, after winning 3-1 away to Slovakia in their opening game, they were crushed 13-0 at home to European champions and group favourites Germany on Saturday last. But, despite that result, Gorman says the Irish will be wary.
“They went away to Slovakia and came away with a win so we will definitely be treating them with respect and will not be taking anything for granted.
"We know it is not going to be easy but we can improve on our performance against Croatia. It will be a tough match but we are all up for it.”