Ireland captain Katie Mullan said the Green Army will "fight for every ball" as they gear up for a do-or-die Olympic qualifier showdown with Canada in Dublin.

The Irish - who memorably marched to the final of the World Cup in the summer of 2018 - face Canada at Energia Park in a two-legged contest on 2 and 3 November.

The winners earn a ticket to next year's Tokyo Games, and Mullan insists her side is ready for battle.

"We know Canada are a good team, we have a huge amount of respect for them," she said.

"They'll face a tenacious, hard-working group of girls that are close-knit and will fight for every ball together. 

"We’ve had numerous training camps since the European Championships to prepare and, more recently, we have had some great Test games against teams from Europe and Asia. It would mean absolutely everything to us to qualify for the Olympics.

"That ticket for Tokyo has been our dream since day one and it is all we have ever wanted. It would mean the world to us to get that."

Ireland have home advantage because of their place in the world's top 10; Canada were the lowest ranked side Sean Dancer's side could have faced.

It will be a unique occasion in Donnybrook. Energia Park will see a hockey pitch essentially rolled out on top of its existing rugby pitch as the Irishwomen look to qualify for their first ever Olympic Games. 

RTÉ will carry live television coverage of both legs.