WU16 squad named for UEFA Development Tournament

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WU16 squad named for UEFA Development Tournament

SHARON Boyle has named her squad for the forthcoming UEFA Women's U16 Development Tournament in Hungary.
3rd May 2016

The Irish will face Slovakia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the hosts in the four-team tournament in Bük.

Ireland are preparing for the UEFA WU17 Championships Qualifying Round which will take place in October when we will host a group including Iceland, Belarus and Faroe Islands.

Boyle’s side beat Wales 2-0 and 4-0 in two friendly internationals in Newport earlier this month so will travel to Hungary in good form.

"The expectations would be to try and win all the games if we can and hopefully that the girls will develop and progress to Dave Bell's U17s next season," said Boyle.

"Some of them have already been up there - Tiegan Ruddy, Heather Payne and Sadhbh Doyle  - and it's great to have the three of them back to lead the other girls. They can show what the standard is like at U17 level.

"I wouldn't underestimate the sides we're playing against. They're all developing well and you can see countries like Azerbaijan reaching UEFA WU19 Finals that teams across Europe are making progress.

"All around the park we've a strong group of players to work with. We have players who can play in different positions, which is something we've been working on over the past year.

"We showed with our clean sheets in Wales last month that we're strong defensively and we've worked on shape and not conceding goals but we are also focused on the attacking side of the game.

"We'll train in the FAI National Training Centre on Thursday then fly out to Hungary on Friday. It should be an excellent experience for the squad."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND WU16 SQUAD:

Erica Turner (Shelbourne Ladies FC)

Aoife Fennell (Shelbourne Ladies FC)

Sadhbh Doyle (Salthill Devon)

Heather Payne (Salthill Devon)

Emma Lawlor (Emo Celtic FC)

Tiegan Ruddy (Peamount United)

Harriet Lambe (Bristol City Academy)

Hannah O'Donoghue (Killarney Celtic)

Lauryn Grier (Kentstown Rovers FC)

Amy Boyle Carr (Donegal Town FC)

Bethany Fensom Carroll (Piltown AFC)

Megan MacKey (Chelsea Ladies FC)

Tyler Toland (Maiden City)

Aoife Lynagh (Salthill Devon)

Carla McManus (Bealnamulla FC)

Gillian Keenan (Emo Celtic FC)

Tara Cully (Shelbourne Ladies FC)

Rachel Baynes (Castlebar Celtic)

Keelin McEntee (Peamount United)

Sally Kelly (Tramore FC)

FIXTURES

UEFA Women's U16 Development Tournament

Sunday, May 8

Republic of Ireland v Slovakia, Bük, Hungary (12.30pm Irish)

Tuesday, May 10

Bosnia & Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland, Bük, Hungary (12.30pm Irish)

Thursday, May 12

Hungary v Republic of Ireland, Bük, Hungary (9.00am Irish)