Frauen | 22/10/2020

International break

Barrett: “That is now paying off”

Three games, three goals, three wins. The new season couldn’t have started much better for Amber Barrett. After a successful start to the new campaign for 1. FC Köln, attentions now turn to a crucial qualifier against Ukraine for the Republic of Ireland. It could secure a place in the European Championships next year and their spot in the history books. We spoke to Amber about the campaign to date, and the big game on Friday.

It is a big week for you and the team - how have preparations been?
The preparation for the game has been going well so far. Everyone is looking sharp and focused, and we are ready to get going. The most important thing is that everyone is fit.

You have been in the Sportschule Wedau for the last week. How have things been in terms of Corona rules?
At the moment, I think we have all adapted to the Corona rules and regulations. It has become part of life now; we are strict and adhering to the guidelines, which is the main thing. Being careful when it comes to the measures that are in place can only help society as a whole.

You have started the season in super form - three games, three goals, three wins - how much confidence does that give you going into the game on Friday?
I think the fact I have been getting consistent game time has been a big factor. Winning games is the most important but, of course, scoring also has a positive influence when it comes to confidence. That has certainly helped me so far this season. The first three victories have come through the hard work that we put in during pre-season – that is now paying off.

It has been a huge effort to put yourselves in such a position. How is the mood in the camp ahead of the big game?
The feeling in the camp so far has been excellent; there is a real buzz with everyone. Every member of the squad is aware of their role for this week and what is expected of them. Both as an individual and as a collective. We know Ukraine are going to make it extremely difficult for us, and we are looking forward to the battle.

The home game against Ukraine was a close one but you got through it with the all-important three points. Are you expecting a similar side and game on Friday?
Absolutely, we took a deserved 2-0 lead in that game and looked comfortable. However, as Ukraine have done in many games before, they got themselves back into the game and made it difficult for us. Thankfully, we managed to get a third goal and get over the line.

What would qualification mean for women’s football in Ireland?
Qualification to the European Championships would be just reward for the years of hard work and sacrifice that many players, coaches and staff have made over the last few years. It would a phenomenal achievement if we were able to get to the finals in England. Before that, we need to be ready for Ukraine on Friday. That is where our focus lies.

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