The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-16 Head Coach Sharon Boyle has unveiled her 20-player playing squad for the forthcoming UEFA Development Tournament in Sweden that is due to take place next week.
The Girls in Green are due to face host nation Sweden, Austria and Turkey in a series of games that will run from Saturday the 12th of May right up until Wednesday the 16th as Boyle is looking to grant her inexperienced side some much needed international experience in the coming days.
The squad also includes eight players who were named in Colin Bell’s Under-17 squad for the UEFA European Championship Elite Round qualifiers in March.
“This age group is about development and getting them ready for competition at the Under-17 level. We want to improve the players' confidence too on the international stage”, Boyle revealed after speaking with the Football Association of Ireland.
“The three games will be a huge test for the squad. Plenty of the players are playing outside Ireland for the first time.”
Ireland kick of their tournament on Saturday afternoon at 2pm against host nation Sweden before they will face a showdown against Austria on Monday evening at 5.30pm.
Boyle’s charges will then look to finish their campaign off on a positive note on Wednesday morning with a clash against Turkey in Lysekil at 9.30am.
All times stated are in Irish time.
Republic of Ireland WU16 Squad
Goalkeepers: Courtney Maguire (Cabinteely), Ria McPhilbin (Salthill Devon)
Defenders: Robyn Bolger (UCD Waves), Kayla Brady (Lucan United), Bobbi Downer (UCD Waves), Ellie Ferguson (Shelbourne), Zara Foley (Lakewood FC), Eabha O’Mahony (Lakewood FC), Hana Ueno (Castlebar Celtic)
Midfielders: Aoibheann Clancy (Tipperary Town Ladies FC), Nadine Clare (UCD Waves), Muireann Devaney (Manor Rangers), Mia Dodd (Shelbourne), Taylor White (Shelbourne), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Shauna Carroll (UCD Waves), Lauren Egbuloniu (Passage), Blessing Kingsley (Hanover Harps), Sophie Liston (AK United), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne)
UEFA Women’s Under-16 Development Tournament
Saturday, May 12th: Sweden v Republic of Ireland, Smogen, 3pm (2pm Irish time)
Monday, May 14th: Republic of Ireland v Austria, Grebbestad, 6.30pm (5.30pm Irish time)
Wednesday, May 16th: Turkey v Republic of Ireland, Lysekil, 10.30am (9.30am Irish time)