Republic of Ireland's Áine O'Gorman says earning her 100th international cap will be 'a huge honour,' as Colin Bell's side gear up for a critical Women's World Cup qualifier against Norway on Tuesday.
The UCD Waves player made her senior debut for Ireland back in 2006, coming on as a substitute against Denmark, and could be set for a landmark appearance at the Viking Stadium in Stavanger if she gets the nod to start.
Áine O'Gorman is set to earn her 100th international cap in the Republic of Ireland's crucial World Cup qualifier against Norway. pic.twitter.com/9CRAcVhe3v— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 11, 2018
"If I get to play it's going to be a very proud moment for myself and my family for the 100th game for my country," she told RTÉ Soccer Correspondent Tony O'Donoghue.
"It'll be a huge honour."
O'Gorman was previously sidelined after sustaining medial ligament damange during last year's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland but returned to the squad in February ahead of subsequent qualifiers against Slovakia and the Netherlands.
This clash will form the second part of Ireland's World Cup double-header against Norway, having already suffered a 2-0 defeat to the top seeds at Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening.
The two goals were conceded from set-piece plays, with Rosengard striker Lisa-Marie Utland finding the net on both occasions. Her first was a header from a Guro Reiten corner, and she later tapped home a free-kick from Caroline Graham-Hansen.
Here is the goal that gave Norway a 1-0 half-time lead over the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualifier at Tallaght Stadium, Lisa-Marie Upland with the header #IRLWNT pic.twitter.com/XyR3cM0pkb— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 8, 2018
Bell later remarked that those scores were the result of Ireland "switching off in those decisive moments" but also stressed that his side are not "miles away from Norway".
This was Ireland's second successive loss, after losing out to Holland by the same margin back in April, and those setbacks mean that they will need a win tomorrow and also need Holand to take three points when they face Norway in September in order to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
The Ireland squad trained in Norway on Monday, where Arsenal defender Louise Quinn wore a protective mask after breaking her nose in the game on Friday.
She may be considered for selection tomorrow, but FAI Player of the Year Harriet Scott has failed to recover sufficiently from a knee injury and will not be in the running to make the starting team.
Diane Caldwell is also unavailable as she is suspended for a game after picking up her third yellow card of the campaign against Norway.
Ireland are also still without long-term injury victims Stephanie Roche and Megan Campbell, whose combined absences will be keenly felt once again as Ireland go in search of a result that could reignite their charge for the tournament in France next year.
"Hopefully, tomorrow's going to be a good day," added O'Gorman, "and we can cause a major upset in the group. I think we probably need a win to stay in the running.
Scoring a goal would be a great way to mark her 100th game for Ireland, but the Wicklow native insists that getting a result is the most important aim for the team tomorrow.
"We're probably disappointed with the goals we conceded but tomorrow we're really looking forward to the challenge to pull off something special.
"Hopefully if I'm playing that left-back position I can get forward and maybe [get a goal] you never know. I'll be happy enough if we win, it doesn't matter who scores."
Regardless of tomorrow's result, O'Gorman thinks the team have raised their profile and competitivenes considerably over the course of the campaign.
"It's improved massively since I started. Even just the backing we're getting now on the pitch and off the pitch as well so it's massive and it's progress. I think there's something very special around the corner."
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