Republic of Ireland v Montenegro - where can I watch it and what do I need to know?

Tue, Sep 03 2019

Leanne Kiernan, who misses out with injury, finishes during Ireland's 4-0 win over Northern Ireland in World Cup qualifying. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

The Republic of Ireland open their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign with the visit of Montenegro to Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Ireland are without a permanent manager and will be led on an interim basis by Tom O’Connor, who was assistant to Colin Bell before his departure for Huddersfield Town in July.

O’Connor was also in charge for last month’s 3-0 friendly defeat to newly-crowned world champions the United States at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The squad for this game sees the return of North Carolina Courage’s Denise O’Sullivan and new Manchester City recruit Tyler Toland, as well as Steph Roche’s first call-up in two years.

Montenegro have already had one hit-out in the group so far as they fell to a 10-0 defeat to Germany in Kassel last week.

Ireland will expect to rack up a similarly comfortable win against the bottom seeds, who were beaten 9-0 the last time they visited Dublin in qualifying for Euro 2017.

What time is the match?

Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Where is the match?

Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.

Who is the referee?

Catarina Campos of Portugal will take charge of the game.

Are there tickets available?

Tickets for the home end can be bought at the stadium or online here.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ2.

Can I stream it online?

Republic of Ireland residents can watch the game on the RTÉ Player here.

Who are they key players to watch?

Ireland will be understrength up front due to the absence of West Ham United’s Leanne Kiernan, meaning more of the burden will fall on captain Katie McCabe to make things happen.

The Arsenal playmaker has played something of an understated role since taking over as captain aged 21 two years ago.

The past 12 months have seen her come of age in an Arsenal shirt, becoming indispensable on their way to the WSL title, and she’ll hope to translate her club influence to the international arena.

Team news:

Leanne Kiernan misses out with injury while Clare Shine was forced to pull out late on, to be replaced by Claire Singleton of Galway.

Betting:

Shamrock Rovers 1/200; Draw 15/2; Bohemians 45/1.