WU19: Connell picks strong squad for elite round


WU19: Connell picks strong squad for elite round

Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19s Head Coach Dave Connell has selected a strong Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19 squad for their three UEFA European Championship Elite Round games.
30th Mar 2017

Ireland will set up camp in Limerick with each of their games being played in Markets Field at the beginning of April as they set about securing a place in this summer's finals tournament in Northern Ireland.

A number of the Under 19s squad have already gained senior squad experience with striker Leanne Kiernan, midfielder Roma McLaughlin and goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan all in Cyprus for the Cyprus Cup. 


Head Coach Dave Connell admits he has a strong team to pick from and was delighted to see a number of players get game-time with the senior squad.


Connell said: "On paper, it's a strong team. We're carrying a couple of niggles coming into it so hopefully all will be well on Tuesday for the first game. 


"Some of the squad were able to get game-time in the Cyprus Cup which is great for them as that can be a valuable experience to have at an early age."


The WU19s have recorded some fantastic results over the past year with wins over Czech Republic, Portugal and Italy, and go into the Elite Stage full of confidence.


He continued: "We've always set our standards fairly high and we've had some fantastic results over the past year so we just need to build on that continuity.


"Our target from the word go has been to qualify for the European Championships. It's a tough group for us, taking one game at a time, but we fully focused on the task at home."


The WU17s qualified for the UEFA European Championships in May with wins over Serbia and Hungary, and a draw against Scotland. Connell has admitted there is a bit of 'healthy competition' between the two groups and that the players will benefit from playing in a great 'sporting City', Limerick.


He added: "It was great to see the Women Under 17s qualify. The groups get on really well with a number of 17's in and out of our squad. It's a bit of healthy competition I suppose and hopefully we'll be able to have two female teams in the European Championships this summer.


"It's a great ground for the players to play in. Limerick is a great sporting City and they're looking after us brilliantly. It would be great to get the support of the public down here and we're really looking forward to the week ahead."


Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19 Squad
Goalkeepers: Amanda McQuillan (Shelbourne Ladies), Naoisha McAloon (Peamount United)
Defenders: Lucy McCartan, Chloe Moloney (Peamount United), Fiona Donnelly, Jamie Finn, Lynn Craven, Niamh Prior (Shelbourne Ladies)
Midfielders: Alex Kavanagh, Roma McLaughlin (Shelbourne Ladies), Evelyn Daly, Saoirse Noonan (Cork City WFC), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Jessica Nolan (Manulla), Dearbhaile Beirne (UCD Waves)
Forwards: Eleanor Ryan Doyle (Peamount United), Leanne Kiernan (Shelbourne Ladies), Lauren Kelly (UCD Waves)


UEFA Women's Under 19 European Championship Elite Round - Group 4
Tuesday, 4 April: Republic of Ireland v Scotland, KO 19:00, Markets Field
Thursday, 6 April: Republic of Ireland v Ukraine, KO 19:00, Markets Field
Sunday, 9 April: Republic of Ireland v Finland, KO 14:00, Markets Field