Brosnan Gears Up for Chelsea Clash Post World Cup
|Republic of Ireland's Courtney Brosnan and Heather Payne during a team walk before the UEFA Women's Nations League B match between Albania and Republic of Ireland at Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkoder, Albania. (Image-Getty)
Everton's goalkeeper, Courtney Brosnan, freshly experienced from her debut World Cup appearance, is no stranger to facing world-class strikers in England's top-flight league. As Women's Super League champions Chelsea prepare to visit Everton's Walton Hall Park stadium on Sunday, featuring formidable attackers like Sam Kerr, Lauren James, and Fran Kirby, Brosnan is poised for another demanding test of her skills.
Despite Chelsea's financial advantage in the WSL, Everton, led by Brosnan, refuses to use it as an excuse. The 28-year-old Irish goalkeeper, having enjoyed one of her career's best years, emphasized the importance of focusing on their own abilities and team performance rather than dwelling on budget disparities.
Reflecting on the fast-paced nature of the game, Brosnan revealed to Reuters, "During the game, you're so focused on the action and the ball, we're not really thinking about who is on the ball, if that makes sense."
Chelsea leads the standings with 13 points from five games, while Everton holds the 10th position with four points in the competitive 12-team league. Brosnan noted the growing quality and competitiveness in the league, evident in the unexpected performance of teams like Liverpool and Leicester City.
Brosnan's confidence in goal, especially during set-pieces and corners, has endeared her to fans. Her penalty save in Ireland's playoff against Scotland further solidified her position in the hearts of Irish supporters.
While proud of her role in helping Ireland reach the World Cup, Brosnan acknowledges the need to excel at the club level. Anticipating the challenging match against Chelsea, she expressed enthusiasm for the competition and the opportunity to face one of the world's best teams.
"We know it will be a really tough test on Sunday and a big challenge," Brosnan affirmed. "But we're obviously up for it and really looking forward to that challenge and to competing against one of the best teams in the world."