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# The Final Stand
Irish coach Ronan names final squad before stepping down after six years at the helm
The game against the Basque Country takes place on 26 November.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND women’s head coach Sue Ronan has announced the squad for her final game in charge, which takes place at the end of this month against the Basque Country.

Sue Ronan during the game Gary Carr / INPHO Ireland Head Coach Sue Ronan Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO

The international friendly is on Saturday 26 November before Ronan then concentrates on her role as the Head of Women’s Football within the FAI.

Ronan’s departure was revealed in late September after she had been in charge for six years.

Her final squad inclues five players from Shelbourne Ladies, who ran out 5-0 victors in the recent Women’s FAI Cup final.

Leanne Kiernan, who starred as she scored a hat-trick in that game, gets a second call-up to the squad as do Alex Kavanagh and Niamh Prior.

Leanne Kiernan celebrates scoring with Siobhan Killeen Ryan Byrne / INPHO Leanne Kiernan celebrates scoring in the Women's Senior Cup final Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

Peamount United midifelder Roma McLaughlin is also called up after making her senior debut in the 1-0 defeat to Portugal in September.

“I’m really looking forward to this game which is my final one as Women’s National Team Head coach,” says Ronan.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the role over the last six years and it’s been an absolute honour to manage my country.

“I believe the mix of experienced players and amount of young talent we now have in this country, the future looks very bright for the next person coming in.”

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Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team squad v Basque Country

Goalkeepers: Emma Byrne (Arsenal Ladies), Naoishe McAloone, (Peamount United) Amanda McQuillan (Shelbourne Ladies).

Defenders: Niamh Fahey (Chelsea WFC), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Savannah McCarthy (Glasgow City), Meabh De Burca (Galway WFC), Jetta Berrill (UCD Waves), Jess Gleeson (Wexford Youths), Niamh Prior (UCD Waves).

Midfielders: Karen Duggan (UCD Waves), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Roma McLaughlin (Peamount United), Alex Kavanagh (Shelbourne Ladies), Julie Ann Russell (UCD Waves), Denise O’Sullivan (Houston Dash).

Forwards: Stephanie Roche (Sunderland Ladies), Leanne Kiernan (Shelbourne Ladies), Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves), Noelle Murray (Shelbourne Ladies).

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