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Berkeley names squad ahead of Bob Docherty Cup

THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLS will travel to Newcastle next month as the five day tournament kicks off in Cochrane Park on Sunday, April 10.

The Irish make the short trip as defending Champions following their successes in Salou in 2019, when the tournament last took place.

Following an absence of two years, Berkeley is relishing the return of competitive football this season, “It’s been a very long layoff and we’re really looking froward to getting back to football after all we’ve been through in recent years. We, of course, are hoping to retain the title. We won’t take anything for granted as it will be a huge challenge for this new look team but we’re definitely ready for it.”

Berkeley had a wonderful introduction at the helm capturing a double two years in a row with the Republic netting the John Read Trophy and Bob Docherty Cup in 2018 and 2019.

His winning streak was hampered in March 2020 when he lost the John Read Trophy to England in Abbotstown. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit a week later and put a halt to all Schools International football.

This season, an extended squad enjoyed a viable challenge against Northern Ireland last month. The scholars lost 2-1 in Belfast with some last minute goals in each half cancelling out Carndonagh Community School pupil Cache Crumlish’s perfect start. The run out was a good opportunity for Berkeley and his staff to access the players.

Despite this recent defeat, the Republic of Ireland will be confident going into their opening game against England on Monday, April 12. The Republic will then face Northern Ireland the following day. Both games will be streamed live with a 4pm kick off scheduled.  Depending on results in the two groups, there will be the play-offs on Thursday morning. The Republic of Ireland will be anticipating that they’ll be in the hunt for silverware as the competition draws to a conclusion.

With the squad now finalised, the last training session will take place this Sunday, April 3 as they face Shelbourne WNL Under-17s in a friendly in the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh (kick-off 2pm).

UNDER-15 GIRLS’ REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLS  | Cache CRUMLISH (Carndonagh Community School), Orlaith DOHERTY (St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar), Keeva FLYNN (St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina), Emma DUFFY (Davitt College, Castlebar), Emily FITZGERALD (Coláiste Iognaid, Galway), Clodagh FITZGERALD (Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig), Chloe WALLACE (Coláiste Nano Nagle, Sexton Street, Limerick), Emma MEANEY (Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally), Clodagh DALY (St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh), Leah McGRATH (St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary), Amy TIERNEY (John the Baptist Community School, Limerick), Kiera SENA (Coláiste an Chraoibín, Fermoy), Shauna SHEAHAN (Mount Mercy College, Cork), Annie O’BRIEN (Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown), Lucy O’ROURKE (St. Mary’s College, Naas), Kayla MAGUIRE (Kingswood Community College), Hannah HEALY (Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf), Lauryn McCABE (Tallaght Community School)

MANAGEMENT STAFF | Head Coach Richard Berkeley (Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh) Coach Katie McCarthy (Coláiste na Toirbhírte, Bandon), Coach Kaneshia McKinney (Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana) GK Coach Emmet Peyton (St. Muredach’s College, Ballina), Kit Person Tessa Mullins (Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew), Performance Analyst Aoife Gibbons (IT Tralee), Physio Denise Callaghan


Sunday, April 10 | Match Day 1 KO 4pm

England vs Northern Ireland

England 2 vs Wales

Monday, April 11 | Match Day 2 KO 4pm

Scotland vs England 2

Republic of Ireland vs England

Tuesday, April 12 | Match Day 3 KO 4pm

Northern Ireland vs Republic of Ireland

Scotland vs Wales

Wednesday, April 13 | Free Day

Thursday, April 14 | Match Day 4 KO 11am

3rd Group A vs 3rd Group B

2nd Group A vs 2nd Group B

1st Group A vs 1st Group B

Bob Docherty Cup | Roll of Honour

2002Republic of IrelandBallymena, Northern Ireland
2003ScotlandEdinburgh, Scotland
2004ScotlandClare, Republic of Ireland
2005Republic of IrelandBallymena, Northern Ireland
2006ScotlandDumfries, Scotland
2007***Republic of IrelandWrexham, Wales
2008Republic of IrelandSalthill Devon, Galway
2009ScotlandBelfast, Northern Ireland
2010Republic of IrelandGlasgow, Scotland
2011Northern IrelandCardiff, Wales
2012Northern IrelandAUL Complex, Dublin
2013ScotlandShaws Bridge, Belfast
2014EnglandRepton School, Derbyshire
2015ScotlandToryglen, Glasgow
2016EnglandDragon Park, Wales
2017WalesAUL Complex, Dublin
2018Republic of IrelandUlster University, Jordanstown
2019Republic of IrelandCambrils Park, Salou
***Renamed Bob Docherty Cup

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