Experienced Irish midfielder Louise Quinn loves nothing but a challenge.
The 31-year-old made her name on Peamount United before meeting her ambitions away from these beaches.
The Blessington native is perhaps best known for his stinginess with Arsenal and spent three years in Sweden and also tried out the Italian football culture with Fiorentina last season.
Now the defender, who marked his 87th international match with the winner against Australia last month, is back in England with Birmingham City.
Five games into the new season and the Blues remain unbeaten, having taken a single point so far, with only Leicester City at the bottom of the table.
“It’s been a lot of defense,” she says, “but I play without fear.
Despite being away from the English game for just one year, there was a noticeable increase in pace and quality.
“I thought, of course, I’ll face the best and see what happens.”
Her Italian adventure was marred by the pandemic, so who knows what might have happened at another time. She still credits the season as an “incredible experience” that has increased her skills.
The only constant is her time with Ireland. There is a genuine warmth there for her teammates as they embark on their latest mission to qualify for a major tournament.
Second in the world Sweden travels to Tallaght to take a side 31 places below them in the world rankings and while few outside the camp believe that an outrage is in the cards, Quinn and her teammates have taken a huge lift after the victory. Australia who took a losing streak of seven games.
In a group that also includes Finland, Slovakia and Georgia, some see tonight’s match as a free match, but last month’s victory has renewed their ambitions.
“It was a huge, massive result for us,” said the Blessington native. “We know we can play well at that level, really upset the top teams and take our chances when we get them.”
Perhaps most appealing was that Ireland won without playing close to their best. Quinn himself admits that even though pressure on the ball was a cornerstone of the 3-2 win, their inability to keep the ball possession was something that must be corrected if the World Cup ambitions are to be fulfilled, starting tonight against the team that has reached the last two Olympics the finals.
Their side is full of talent and Quinn is a former Eskilstuna United teammate with Nathalie Bjorn and Olivia Alma Schough.
We’re here to shake it up
What Quinn discovered from his time in Sweden, and from watching the national team, is that there is a clear understanding between all players about what they want to achieve.
Visitors will be well-organized and expected to dominate the holding, but the hosts will not just roll over ahead of a sold-out, limited attendance, of 4,000.
“We are here to shake it up. They are an incredibly tough team. We will have to take every small chance we get and frustrate them, but after seeing the opponents we have played, they will hopefully know they are 100. % inside for a game. “
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