Ireland player ratings v Sweden – Katie McCabe gets nod as our player of the match after gallant defeat

ourtney Brosnan 8

Made vital saves in the first half and again late on, blameless for Sweden’s goal.


Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan saves a shot from Stina Blackstenius of Sweden. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Niamh Fahey 7

Caught out of position for Sweden’s goal, she was tested time and again by the world-class Blackstenius; held her line well.

Louise Quinn 8

Will be hurting over her own goal but a solid game otherwise – a handful for the Swedes late on in an attacking role.


Louise Quinn of Republic of Ireland is embraced by manager Vera Pauw after the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifier group A defeat to Sweden. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Savannah McCarthy 7

Good positional sense at the back and looked comfortable though slack in possession at times; fortunate not to concede a late penalty with a clumsy challenge.

Jamie Finn 8

Difficult first half for Finn but positional switch for the second half saw her come into the game more.

Áine O’Gorman 7

Asked to do a lot of work to cover against Swedish attacks in a position she’s not too used to.

Denise O’Sullivan 7

Tried to spark some life into the Irish attack but was constantly surrounded by her marker who didn’t give her a minute’s rest.

Megan Connolly 6

Outnumbered in midfield by the Swedes, she found it a struggle at times and was not up to her usual high standard.

Lucy Quinn 8

Still growing into the international game, accomplished display out wide but needs to make more of an impact.


Lucy Quinn of Republic of Ireland reacts during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifier group A match against Sweden Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie McCabe 9

Once again a key player for Ireland, grew into the game more in the second half with a more attacking role; superb final 15 minutes.

Heather Payne 7

Effort cannot be faulted but had no service to pose any form of a threat.


Leanne Kiernan 6 (for Payne, 75) – fed off scraps.
Amber Barrett 7 (for Finn, 75) – got nothing from her marker.
Saoirse Noonan (for Lucy Quinn, 90) – Not on long enough to rate.

Manager – Vera Pauw 7

Shape wasn’t working in first half, second-half set-up was more effective.

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