It’s been just shy of 14 years since the Republic of Ireland last made the play-offs of a major international tournament.
Back then it was a meeting with Iceland, with a place at Euro 2009 up for grabs.
A 1-1 draw at Richmond Park meant the Girls in Green knew they had to score over there, but it wasn’t to be as they shipped a 3-0 defeat in Reykjavik on a pitch that has been described as various versions of an ice rink over the years.
The starting team that day included Niamh Fahey and Áine O’Gorman, while defender Louise Quinn was also in the squad.
While there was disappointment at the time, there was a sense that the game was heading in the right direction. However, since that setback, hope has gradually been replaced by frustration as campaign…