Reading FC Women goalkeeper Grace Moloney has been named in the 20-player squad for Republic of Ireland’s trip to the USA, where they will meet this summer’s World Cup winners in their back yard.
A regular at youth level for Ireland, Moloney debuted against Austria back in 2016 in the Cyprus Cup. After establishing herself as the Royals’ first-choice goalie in 2018-19, she will be hopeful of earning a second cap for her country against the hosts.
The friendly fixture will take place at the Rose Bowl, California in what will be the USA’s first match since being crowned world champions in France in early July.
Interim Ireland manager Tom O’Connor said: “It will be a fantastic opportunity for the players. It’s set to be a great experience for them and one where they can test themselves against the best in the world.”
The game will also act as preparation for the 2021 European Championship qualifiers, which begin with a fixture against Montenegro at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin this September.
Moloney was on the bench when the teams last met back in 2016, as Ireland romped to a 9-0 win that evening. Greece, Germany and Ukraine complete the group, with a total of 12 nations set to reach the finals tournament which takes place in England.
Republic of Ireland squad v USA
Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Grace Moloney (Reading)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Eabha O'Mahony (Cork City), Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Lauren Dwyer (Wexford Youths)
Midfielders: Tyler Toland (Kildrum Tigers), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Eleanor Ryan-Doyle (Peamount United), Jess Gargan (Shelbourne), Claire Walsh (Peamount United)
Forwards: Amber Barrett (FC Köln), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths), Heather Payne (Florida State University)