Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels names two new faces in squad for Pinitar Cup in Spain

Thu, Feb 27 2020

The Northern Ireland line-up pictured before their 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to the Republic of Ireland in 2018. Credit: Hugh de Paor (ETPhotos)

Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels has named two new caps in his squad to travel to the Pinitar Cup in Spain next month.

The Green and White Army will take on Iceland, Ukraine and Scotland in Murcia over six days in preparation for the Euro 2021 qualification games against Belarus in April and May.

16-year-old Mid-Ulster Ladies goalkeeper Lilie Crooks has been selected for the first time after Sheffield United stopper Becky Flaherty had to pull out with injury.

Glentoran’s 17-year-old midfielder Danielle Maxwell has also been included in the squad for the first time for the round-robin tournament.

Northern Ireland face Iceland in their opening game on Wednesday, March 4th before facing Ukraine on the 7th and Scotland on the 10th – all three teams are ranked ahead of Northern Ireland.

Shiels’ charges face Belarus away in their next Euro 2021 qualifier on April 14th before welcoming the same opposition to Belfast on June 5th.

They will face the Faroe Islands at home four days later before travelling to the Faroes for their final qualifying game on September 18th.

Goalkeepers: Jackie Burns (IBV Iceland), Lilie Crooks (Mid Ulster Ladies).

Defenders: Kelsie Burrows (Blackburn Rovers LFC), Toni-Leigh Finnegan (Cliftonville Ladies), Ashley Hutton (Linfield Ladies), Julie Nelson (Crusaders Strikers), Rachel Newborough (Charlton Athletic Women), Demi Vance (Rangers Women).

Midfielders: Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville Ladies), Rachel Furness (Liverpool Women), Danielle Maxwell (Glentoran Women), Chloe McCarron (Linfield Ladies), Sarah McFadden (Durham Women FC), Rebecca McKenna (Linfield Ladies), Emma McMaster (Glentoran Women).

Forwards: Megan Bell (Rangers Women), Casey Howe (Linfield Ladies), Simone Magill (Everton Women), Caitlin McGuinness (Linfield Ladies), Lauren Wade (Glasgow City Ladies).