by Brendan Cole
Senior women's soccer team manager Sue Ronan is hoping the Republic of Ireland can secure a vital win over Scotland as they battle for a place at Euro 2013.
Ireland are currently in second place in Group 4 behind France but Scotland have a game in hand and are just two points further back in joint-third.
Ronan named her squad for the vital qualifier clash, which will take place at Tynecastle Stadium in Ediburgh at 7pm on 5 April, today.
The 19-woman squad includes four players from current English champions Arsenal and five from the recently established Irish National Women’s League.
She said: "This is an important game for us, we have an opportunity to take a huge step towards qualification if we can get a result in Edinburgh. Scotland were very impressive in their first match winning 6-1 away to Israel and they drew against a good Welsh team so we know that we need to be on top of our game."
Ronan added: "We had the Algarve cup last month that gave us the chance to look at a few options and to get the girls prepared for this match, we got to see a few new players and test them against quality opposition, the experience will stand to our girls, it was ideal preparation and has given us plenty of confidence going into the Scotland match."
Ireland squad (v Scotland): Emma Byrne (Arsenal FC); Eve Badana (Drexel College); Yvonne Tracy (Arsenal FC); Louise Quinn (Peamount United FC); Megan Campbell (Raheny United FC); Sophie Perry (Chelsea FC); MT McDonnell (Chicago Red Stars FC); Grace Murray (Peamount United FC); Niamh Fahey (Arsenal FC); Ciara Grant (Arsenal FC); Marie Curtin (Cork Women’s FC); Julie Ann Russell (Doncaster Belles FC); Aine O’Gorman (Doncaster Belles FC); Fiona O’Sullivan (Soyaux ASJ); Ruesha Littlejohn (Liverpool FC); Denise O’Sullivan (Cork Women’s FC); Shannon Smyth (Amazon Grimstad FK); Michele O’Brien (Chicago Red Eleven FC); Diane Caldwell (Avaldsnes FC)