Ireland doesn’t have the most robust reputation as a producer of international quality women’s soccer talent. They’ve never qualified for a World Cup or a European Championship, and they finished third in their qualifying group for the 2015 World Cup, 13 points adrift of group champs Germany. It wasn’t even that close.
But can a single world class talent turn their fortunes? Katie McCabe aims to find out.
McCabe smashed in this 35-yard free kick golazo over the weekend to guide her Raheny United club side to a cup final victory. It was one in a long line of notable recent successes for the 19-year-old phenom, who’s produced three hat tricks this year as one of the world’s most exciting young wingers. McCabe’s quietly becoming one of the Names To Know on the international soccer scene, and believe it or not, this golazo here isn’t an outlier.
It’ll take more than just McCabe for Ireland to become more relevant on the international WoSo stage, but moments like these sure augur better days ahead.