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Irish International Signs for Leeds

Leeds United Ladies have completed the signing of Irish International midfielder from Charlton. Grainne Kierans (pictured) has both International experience with 35 caps for Ireland and has played in the Women's Premier League with Charlton for the last couple of years.

Grainne came over for a weeks trial and impressed manager Julie Chipchase Julie had no hesitation in signing the midfielder. "Grainne is a quality midfielder with a high fitness level, a player who can tackle and get up and down the pitch.She will be a great addition to our squad."

Grainne commented "I am delighted to be joining Leeds. I was very impressed with the club set up, facilities and coaching. Leeds have a great squad of players here. I am looking forward to the season, especially the first game playing against my old team Charlton.We have a couple of more friendly games to impress and win a place in the team"

Grainne joins two other fellow Irish Internationals already at the club Clare Scanlan and Michelle Walsh.

Leeds have also completed the signing of Welsh International goalkeeper Andrea Worrel from Manchester City. Andrea has joined the squad after Leeds were told Leanne Hall wouldn't be fit for six to eight weeks.

Andrea will give competition to Clare Farrow for the No. 1 shirt for the first game of the season. "Andrea is a very good experienced keeper, we needed more cover in that area. two weeks ago we didn't have a fit keeper in the senior team now we have three quality senior keepers and two good youngsters for the future aswell. There wont be many clubs with the quality of goalkeepers we have.", said Julie.

Leeds United Ladies beat Blackburn Rovers 11-0 on Tuesday night in a friendly at Garforth Town with some very good performances. There were hatricks for Sue Smith, Stacey Daniel and Tania Panesar and a goal each from Lucy Ward and Natalie Preston. The only down side to the night was on injury to Faye Dunn, who looks to have damaged her ankle ligaments.

Leeds United Ladies play Manchester United Ladies this Sunday (17th) at Manchester United's The Cliff training ground before they prepare for their first League game against Charlton on Sunday 24th August at Bromley FC, London.

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Republic of Ireland v Croatia

EUFA Women's Championship Qualifying Round 10th April, 2004 19:00 (Local Time) Richmond Park - Dublin
The Republic of Ireland shot to the top of UEFA Women's Championship Group 5 with a convincing victory against Croatia.

One-point advantage

With a place in the play-offs to reach the top four groups at stake, Croatia only needed a draw to move one point clear of Romania in first place. But it was unbeaten Ireland, who won their previous game 9-0 in Malta and beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-0 in their first group fixtures, who gained the group lead by a single-point margin.

Four-goal lead

Olivia O'Toole, who claimed a hat-trick in Malta, took just three minutes to open the scoring at Dublin's Richmond Park, and Doroles Deasley, Sonia Hughes and Stephanie Curtis all added goals before the break to leave Croatia with a huge gulf to navigate.

Victory complete

Branka Kozic did pull a goal back six minutes into the second half, but Antonijela Horvat put through her own goal just before the hour to extend Ireland's lead, and goals on 79 and 80 minutes from substitute Laura Hislop followed by a late Deasley effort completing the scoring.

Crucial fixture

Ireland are now a point clear of Romania, who have a game in hand, and the two teams meet in what could be a group decider on 1 May in Bucharest. Croatia, who have played a match more than Ireland and have the same points tally as Romania, will look to revive their campaign at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina on 16 May, with a 2 October visit to Romania their only other remaining game.

Final score

Republic of Ireland 8-1 Croatia

Scorers

Republic of Ireland
3' O'Toole 20',88' Deasley 40' Hughes 44' Curtis 59' Horvat (o.g.) 79', 80' Hislop
Croatia
51' Kozic

UEFA Women's Championship: Bosnia-Herzegovina v Romania

Romania held by improving hosts
Unbeaten Romania suffered a setback in their bid for promotion in the UEFA European Women's Championship as they were held 0-0 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Irish race
With two games to go before this afternoon's match, Romania were four points behind Group 5 leaders the Republic of Ireland - who have completed their fixtures. Only the group winners are guaranteed a two-legged play-off against one of the bottom sides from the four championship pools, with the best runners-up from Groups 5-7 also progressing. The home side, who were completing their programme and already certain of fourth place, held six points from two victories against bottom side Kazakhstan.
Romania denied
The visitors dominated the first half, and Daniela Pufulete went close twice, only for home goalkeeper Dijana Brkovic to keep her side on level terms. Two minutes after the break Sabina Pehic threatened for Bosnia-Herzegovina and her side looked increasingly comfortable as the game went on and were good value for their point. Home coach Dzevad Bekic said: "We are very happy because of the great match and result. The visitors were the favourites, but we played well and achieved a good result."
Final chance
Despite being held, Romania will pip Ireland to a play-off place on head-to-head record if they beat third-placed Croatia on 2 October in the final game in the group. Romania will aim to compete in the top level for the first time since the 1997 edition, having been denied in play-offs during the 1999 and 2001 cycles.

Final score

Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-0 Romania

Womens squad to face Russia

Noel King, Manager of the Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s Team, has today announced an 18-strong squad to get their Womens World Cup 2007 Qualifying campaign underway The Republic of Ireland squad are fresh from a friendly encounter with the Faroe Islands, in Dublin last month where they won 2-0, courtesy of a brace from UCD’s Carmel Kissane. Noel King’s squad will face some stern opposition in the Womens World Cup Qualifying Group. In the group are Germany, reigning World Cup Champions and recently European Championship winners, Switzerland, Scotland and Russia, whom they play on 9th July and who currently occupy 13th place in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. The Irish team flies out on Wednesday 6th July and faces the Russians in the Moskvich Stadium, Moscow at 3pm (local time) on Saturday 9th July. Emma Byrne Arsenal FC Sarah Peters Lady Hibernian Saints Ronnie Gibbons Fulham Ladies FC Marie Curtin Lifford & Hofstra University Dolores Deasley New York Magic Yvonne Tracy Arsenal FC Sharon Boyle Shamrock Rovers Sonya Hughes Franklin Pierce Ciara Grant Arsenal FC Elaine O’ Connor Long Island Lady Riders Michele O’Brien Long Island Lady Riders Claire Scanlan Bristol Rovers Katie Taylor Peamount Denise Thomas Boston Renegades Laura Hislop Franklin Pierce Carmel Kissane University College Dublin Kacey O’Driscoll University of Limerick Emma Griffin Shamrock Rovers

Grant and Ludlow riding high

footyboots4women.com Article and photography by Gillian Sandford
Arsenal Ladies midfield duo Ciara Grant and Jayne Ludlow talked exclusively to femaleSOCCER this week in the build up to the World Cup Qualifiers. Jayne, captain of Wales and Ciara, Republic of Ireland's captain are riding high after a successful week of sponsor negotiation, hat tricks and nominations. For the first time in two years Wales have a number of International games in the Group qualifiers for 2007. "It's a fantastic honour to lead out my country and I'm really looking forward to these games. Wales has lagged behind in international competition in the past, but now all we're gunning to top our group and prove how much we've moved on.It's been frustrating to see other players at Arsenal compete at international level on many occasions. Now it's my turn!" Ludlow is on great form at the moment, as she showed scoring a hat-trick in their 5-0 win at Fulham at the weekend. "Due to a knock on my knee I picked up in an earlier game I had to miss the game against Sunderland.... and I'm no good at sitting on the bench. I need to play my football. I think Sunday's game showed how much I'd missed it." The Republic of Ireland have just been promoted to the 'A' league and will now face sterner opposition than they have in the past. Ciara welcomes the move up and says they will raise their game to meet the challenge. "We have some new young players together with older more experienced players so it's potentially the right mix. It will be great to play against teams like Germany, and the USA. The support is getting better in Ireland too, so hopefully we will do them proud. You can be sure every player will be giving her best, we aim to stay in this league now, it was too hard fought to let it go again". Off the field, the duo are also moving mountains, having just signed contracts with giant football boot firm Nomis and online football boot specialists footyboots4women.com. Jayne has worn almost every boot on the market, so she was a perfect candidate to trial the new design. And both players are delighted. The boots are technically superior to any other on the market, and are proven to give much more grip and control on the ball, coupled with redesigned stud patterns to improve stability. They have been redesigned from the mens boot to fit the narrow heel and ankle of a woman."They are by far the most comfortable boots I've worn so you can imagine how pleased we both were when Nomis and footyboots agreed to sponsor us. It's also a great boost to women's football to have a company looking to invest in the future of the game." Maybe the boots are a lucky charm, whilst Jayne was scoring her hat-trick, Ciara was a guest at Irelands most prestigous award ceremony in Dublin, having been nominated for International Player of the Year, a fantastic achievement, and a just reward for her hard work on and off the pitch for Arsenal Ladies.

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