Breen's first senior cap
Carol Breen of Wexford Youths marked the high point of her return to soccer when she made her debut with the Republic of Ireland in the Istria Cup last week.
Having been an under-age international ten years ago, the 29-year-old won her first Senior cap on Friday when she came on as a second-half substitute, and she admits that she is still pinching herself at the way this season has gone for her after a long absence from the sport.
'I was out of soccer for a long time as after college I went backpacking in Australia for a couple of years and didn't play for five or six years as I concentrated mainly on Aussie Rules and Gaelic football,' she said.
'I came back to Ireland from Canada last March and played summer league football with Benfica, my local club in Waterford. I had heard about the Women's National League and wanted to give it a try so I went up to Wexford Youths for pre-season and it just took off from there.'
It certainly did. She quickly established herself in the Wexford team and has helped them into pole position in the Continental Tyres Women's National League with four games to go. Along the way she has won a player of the month award, earned her first Senior international call-up when joining the squad for the winter training camp in La Manga, and has now won her first cap.
'It's been a crazy year but it has been great getting back into soccer. I didn't expect things to go so well but so far so good. I was a bit nervous heading to Spain but excited as well. It was a good few days and a chance to get to know a few of the girls, play a bit of football and see the standard.
'At this level it is obviously a lot quicker than what I am use to so it is good to see how fast international football is.
'It was exciting to get my first cap on Friday. Sue said to go and warm up and get ready to go on. I didn't really have time to get nervous because I thought all the subs had been made.
'Obviously I would like to get a couple more minutes on the pitch and maybe try and have a positive impact.'
Breen played again in the 2-0 defeat to Austria yesterday (Monday).