The Girls in Green put their unbeaten record on the line in Budva on Wednesday afternoon as they take on Montenegro in their next UEFA Euro 2021 qualifier.
If Ireland make it two group wins from two against the Montenegrins they will go top of Group I, one point ahead of Germany whom they have yet to play against.
Having claimed a 1-0 home win over Greece last Thursday, they are halfway to meeting the target set by Irish boss Vera Pauw ahead of this pair of matches.
"We set ourselves the target of six points from two games in this series, so having beaten Greece last week we now know that our job is to beat Montenegro to complete that task," said Pauw.
"We know what to expect from Montenegro and we will need to apply a lot of pressure to break through and score the goals that we need to win the game.
"So that is what we have been preparing for."
Tyler Toland and skipper Katie McCabe, from the spot, scored either side of half-time to seal a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture at Tallaght Stadium last September.
The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final Euro 2021 tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs.
To keep their qualification hopes alive it is important that Ireland take maximum points from Montenegro, who have yet to earn a point, ahead of their meeting with current group leaders Germany next month.
"We haven’t had that much time together to work as a team with only a few days training before the Greece game, but I’ve told the players that the more time we have together then the better we will become in possession and in finishing chances in front of goal," added Pauw.
"And that, ultimately, is what we need to do in order to take the three points. We have prepared well for this game and we are looking forward to it."
"We're going to go there confident for sure but we're not going to to take them lightly at all."
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The hosts have played just one match at home in the campaign so far, a 4-0 hammering by the Greeks.
However, Ireland's midfield maestro Denise O'Sullivan is refusing to read too much into that result.
"We're going to go there confident for sure but we're not going to take them lightly at all," O'Sullivan told Off The Ball.
"This is another game where we need to stay focused. We need to stick to the gameplan. I think we'll be fine but that is the goal, to get three points, of course, we need to get three points over there and I think we're well able."
You can listen back here to Ireland manager Vera Pauw speaking on Off The Ball ahead of the Montenegro game.
Stephanie Roche linked up with the squad following the withdrawal of Chloe Mustaki (knee), while Emily Whelan was recalled from the Women’s Under-19s following an injury to Heather Payne (hamstring).
Republic of Ireland
Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Grace Moloney (Reading), Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Aine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Claire Walsh (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Hayley Nolan (Connecticut Fusion), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Julie-Ann Russell (Sydney University), Ruesha Littlejohn (West Ham United), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United)
Forwards: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton & Hove Albion), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Clare Shine (Glasgow City), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne), Krya Carusa (HB Hoge)
Goalkeepers: Ivana Čabarkapa (Breznica, MNE), Ines Obradović (Modriča), Anastasija Krstović (Budućnost, MNE)
Defenders: Maja Šaranović, Helena Božić (Partizan), Dženita Ramčilović (Grasshoppers), Tatjana Đurković (Kariatides), Aleksandra Popović (Vlaznia), Sanja Nedić (SFK), Jovana Nišavić (Obilić, MNE)
Midfielders: Jelena Karličić (Breznica, MNE), Slađana Bulatović (Rayo Vallecano), Jasna Đoković (SFK), Jelena Vujadinović, Milica Šebek (Breznica, MNE), Darija Đukić (Partizan)
Forwards: Marija Vukčević (Chietti), Armisa Kuč (SFK), Nađa Stanović (Katowice), Ana Knežević (Breznica, MNE), Nađa Đurđevac, Anđela Tošković (Budućnost, MNE), Medina Dešić (Wurzburg).
Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (23 caps / 10 clean sheets), Grace Moloney (2 caps / 0 clean sheets), Courtney Brosnan (0 caps / 0 clean sheets)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (19 caps / 0 goals), Aine O’Gorman (101 caps / 13 goals), Diane Caldwell (75 caps / 2 goals), Claire O'Riordan (15 caps / 0 goals), Louise Quinn (78 caps / 11 goals), Claire Walsh (2 caps / 0 goals)
Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (89 caps / 0 goals), Denise O'Sullivan (76 caps / 10 goals), Hayley Nolan (0 caps / 0 goals), Jamie Finn (1 cap / 0 goals), Julie-Ann Russell (59 caps / 4 goals), Ruesha Littlejohn (55 caps / 6 goals), Niamh Farrelly (2 caps / 0 goals), Stephanie Roche (55 caps / 13 goals)
Forwards: Katie McCabe (44 caps / 8 goals), Rianna Jarrett (9 caps / 1 goal), Amber Barrett (17 caps / 2 goals), Clare Shine (6 caps / 0 goals), Emily Whelan (3 caps / 0 goals), Kyra Carusa (0 caps / 0 goals)
EURO 2021 STATS
4 games played
7 goals scored
2 clean sheets
59 attempts on goal
19 attempts on target
25 attempts off target
15 attempts blocked
22 corners won
47 fouls committed
38 fouls suffered
3 yellow cards (Jamie Finn, Katie McCabe, Julie Ann Russell)
September 3, 2019: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Montenegro
October 8, 2019: Republic of Ireland 3-2 Ukraine
October 8, 2019: Greece 0-5 Germany
November 6, 2019: Montenegro 0-4 Greece
November 12, 2019: Greece 1-1 Republic of Ireland
March 5, 2020: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Greece
EURO 2021 FIXTURES
March 11, 2020: Montenegro v Republic of Ireland
April 11, 2020: Germany v Republic of Ireland
June 5, 2020: Ukraine v Republic of Ireland
September 22, 2020: Republic of Ireland v Germany
- Ireland and Montenegro have both yet to qualify for the UEFA Women’s European Championships.
- Midfielder Niamh Fahey is set to win her 90th senior cap having made her debut against Portugal in March 2007.
- Since the announcement of the provisional squad, Ireland have lost Megan Connolly (shoulder), Jessica Ziu (groin), Chloe Mustaki (knee), Leanne Kiernan (knee), and Heather Payne (hamstring) to injury.
- Stephanie Roche has been drafted back into the squad not long after confirming that she will rejoin Peamount United following stints in France, United States, England and Italy.
- Emily Whelan, who started in the 1-1 draw with Greece last November, was in Spain with the Ireland Women’s Under-19s preparing for two friendlies with Russia when she was recalled to the senior squad.
- The crowd of 4,511 that turned up for Ireland v Greece last week was the second-highest in the history of the Ireland Women’s Senior Team
- RTE2 will again provide live coverage, as they have done for each of Ireland’s games in Group I so far. The game will also be available worldwide via the RTE Player.
- Ireland have scheduled a friendly away to Serbia on April 14 – three days after their qualifier against Germany.
Montenegro v Republic of Ireland
Wednesday, March 11
Pod Malim Brdom, Budva
Kick-Off: 15:00 (Irish Time)
Live on TV: RTÉ2
Referee: Maria Marotta (Italy)
Game Hashtag: #MNEIRL
Ireland Team Hashtag: #IRLWNT