Irish star O'Sullivan ready for Wanderers stint

Wanderers bound Denise O’Sullivan has warmed up for her stint with the Red & Black in this season’s W-League with a solid performance in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw in a qualifier for the European championships in 2021.

Playing in her 72nd game for her country, O’Sullivan worked hard throughout the 90 minutes but could only watch in despair as the Irish defence conceded a last gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Greece.

Ireland had taken an early lead through Amber Barrett on 13 minutes and had looked comfortable until substitute Anastasia Spiridonidou helped the Greeks snatch an important draw.

The result means the Irish now face an uphill battle to qualify automatically for the 2021 tournament in England.

They sit in second place on seven points, five behind leaders Germany and will now likely have to qualify via a playoff.

O’Sullivan, who has signed as a Guest Player with the Red & Black, almost put her side 2-0 ahead five minutes into the second half when she swept past two defenders but the goalkeeper was up to the task of keeping her effort out.

Unfortunately,the 25-year-old attacker won’t arrive in Sydney in time to take part in the Wanderers opening game of the Westfield W-League season against Adelaide United at Marconi Stadium tomorrow night.

O’Sullivan is one of three players the Wanderers have signed from US NWSL champions North Carolina Courage. She will join teammates Lynn Williams and Kristen Hamilton.