Gleeson keen to push on

Published 30/01/2016 | 00:00

There can't be many players who have started their Senior international career with two caps, eight months apart, against the best team in the world but Jessica Gleeson of Wexford Youths is one.

However, she is now eager to start making appearances against others after putting in two impressive performances against U.S.A.

Gleeson made her debut last May in San Jose when she started but went off at half-time after suffering concussion in a clash of heads with Abby Wambach.

She didn't feature again until she was introduced as a second-half substitute in San Diego on Saturday and played a major role in ensuring the Irish defence was much tighter after leaking four goals in the opening period.

Pointing out the manner in which she has now won her two caps earns a smile from the 22-year-old central defender, who was joined in San Diego by club colleague Ciara Rossiter, an unused substitute.

'I have been lucky the way it has fallen for me,' she admitted. 'I suffer a lot from injuries but somehow when these trips come along I just seem to get the nod. It has worked out well for me, I suppose.

'My New Year's resolution is to stay injury-free. I am going to work hard this year to hopefully put all the injuries behind me and just tip on, get a run of games in and hopefully get into the squad more often.

Commenting on last year in its entirety, Gleeson said: 'It was pretty special to be honest. We have worked very hard over the past five years in Wexford and to finally get over the line and win it and get into the Champions League was just amazing.

'To top that off by getting called into the squad to go to America after we had won the league, and then to get my first cap against them before they went off to the World Cup, and then win the Cup, certainly made it a pretty special year. I loved it.'

Now Gleeson has also set her sights on making the international squad for the Cyprus Cup in March.

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