Irish U17 women set for Azzurri challenge

Before Giovanni Trapattoni and his side go head to head with Italy on October 10th in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier, the Republic of Ireland women's U17 side play host to Italy on September 10 and 12 in a pre-cursor to the UEFA Championship, first qualifying phase which will be held in Slovenia from October 10 and 15 where Noel King's side will face Denmark, Slovenia and Turkey.
10th Sep 2009

Before Giovanni Trapattoni and his side go head to head with Italy on October 10th in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier, the Republic of Ireland women's U17 side play host to Italy on September 10 and 12 in a pre-cursor to the UEFA Championship, first qualifying phase which will be held in Slovenia from October 10 and 15 where Noel King's side will face Denmark, Slovenia and Turkey. Of the ten qualifying groups, only the group winners and six best runners-up will qualify for the elite qualifying phase.


Ireland will be without two influential players due to injury, Grace Maloney (metatarsal) and Tanya Kennedy (ankle) but Irish coach, Harry Kenny has stressed that the Italian friendlies will be an ideal opportunity for fringe players to come in and stake a place in the team, "Obviously it is a blow to lose the two girls but we are extremely excited about the prospect of a number of newcomers that will be in the squad. We have Kerry Glynn and Zoe Boyd coming in from the USA while we have a number of girls coming in from the UK such as Lois Roche from Arsenal so it will be good to see these players perform against a top team such as Italy," said Kenny.


"Our ultimate aim is to qualify for the elite qualifying phase of the UEFA championships, as last year we missed out on the elite phase by just one goal. We have seven players who were involved in that squad and I believe that their experience is vital if we are to progress past this tough group which includes Denmark, Slovenia and Turkey. I feel that the Italian game will be a great preparatory tool for the Championships as the Italians historically have a strong set-up at this level and it will give us a great indication of where we are in our plans," added Kenny.


Double International friendly fixtures

Thursday, September 10th 2009
Republic of Ireland v Italy
Home Farm FC, Whitehall
Kick-off: 7.30pm


Saturday, September 12th 2009
Republic of Ireland v Italy
Amateur Football League, Oscar Traynor Rd
Kick-off: 3.00pm


UEFA Women's U17 first qualifying phase

Republic of Ireland
Denmark
Slovenia
Turkey

10th-15th October in Slovenia



Republic of Ireland

Grace Maloney - Reading
Amanda Budden - Wilton
Megan Cambpell - St Francis
Kerry Glynn - Thunderbolts, USA
Ciara O'Brien - Tramore
Jessica Gleeson - Tramore
Avril Kilkelly - Castlebar Celtic
Erica Cahill - Raheny
Laura Gormley - Fulham
Ciara Grant - Kilmacrennan Celtic
Dora Gorman - Salthill Devon
Nicole Owens - Raheny
Stacie Donnelly - Reading
Aileen Gilroy - Killala
Siobhan Killeen - Raheny
Lois Roche - Arsenal
Niamh Mclaughlin - Greencastle
Rianna Jarrett - Northend
Denise O Sullivan - Wilton
Rebecca Kearney - Lakewood Athletic
Zoe Boyd - Thunderbolts, USA


Manager

Noel King

Under 17 Womens