wug | gargan ready for chinese test

07 July 2019

Team Ireland's Jessica Gargan feels that the Women's Team are in for a tough game when they face China in Monday's 2019 FISU Summer Universiade Quarter Final in Stadio Marcello Torre in Pagani.

The Quinnipiac University defender has played in both games so far for Dave Connell's Women's Team in Italy and has thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience of representing her country on the world stage. "It's a change from playing in underage international football and national league. It's very different but a great experience. In the underage internationals, the biggest teams you normally come up against are the Europeans such as Germany and Spain, you never get the opportunity to play Brazil and South Korea."

Facing the test of a Quarter Final against China, Gargan is expecting another step-up in class. "The coaches went to watch them play Russia. When you're at the Quarter Finals of any competition, no matter who you are playing it is going to be a difficult game, but we are all really excited and we are training well so we are ready."

The Dubliner, now back home playing for Shelbourne after completing her undergraduate before Christmas, paid respect to the great bond that has formed amongst Team Ireland as a whole and tributes it to the success the teams are experiencing. "Even before our first game, we were all together and the atmosphere was great. Some people take the Irish for granted and don't think we're not here to compete. It was good that we came together at the start as a team and when we started playing the games, we started to show we can play as well as be a good team. We were at the Men's first game when they won so it's brilliant that we can support each other and all of the sports"

She was also full of praise for the coaching staff who have played an important role in her view in getting the players to produce their best. "When you talked to other people and they heard you had Brazil and South Korea in the group, they sort of giggled and said it was going to be tough but didn't really think we could do it. In fairness to the coaches, they really gave us belief and made us think we could out and do it. They let us play football which is a massive credit to us. Not a lot of coaches would have went out that way against Brazil, playing three at the back and encouraging your players to play football."

2019 FISU Summer Universiade Women's Football - Group C ResultsIreland 1-0 Brazil
Republic of Korea 1-2 Ireland

2019 FISU Summer Universiade Women's Football - Quarter Final
08/07 China v Ireland, Stadio M. Torre, 6pm (5pm Irish Time)

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