Boyle delighted with new WU16 crop

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Boyle delighted with new WU16 crop

Head Coach Sharon Boyle is delighted with how her latest batch of women's U16 players fared in their opening game of the season against Northern Ireland last night.
14th Jan 2015

A first half goal from Niamh Sheehan gave the home sides the win on a chilly night in Oriel Park and sets the Irish up nicely for next month's four-team tournament which features games against the Czech Republic, Austria and Denmark in Dublin.

“Good overall I was very happy with the playing shape from the team. Their attitude was very good and it wasn't easy for them on their first appearance at this level and after just coming together on Monday," said Boyle.

"There was some excellent individual performances from the likes of Alex Kavanagh, Heather Payne and Tiegan Ruddy to name a few who all did very well," said Boyle.

“We also had three players involved from the U15 schools - Heather, Tieigan and Rachel Baynes - so its credit to the work done that is being done there.

"We defended very well. Of course there is room to improve but it was a good display in many ways. We worked on building it up from the back.

“Niamh Sheehan is devastating in the penalty area so it was not surprising she finished very well. We made changes in the second as we wanted everybody to play. There was some great performances from those players too - Nicole Plunkett did very well when she came on.

“Overall it was great preparation for February. We’ve to pick 20 players and that’ll be very difficult as everybody did so well.”