WFAI Under 17s bid to top group and book finals ticket to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Abbie Larkin, Orlaith O’Mahony and Tara O’Hanlon SPORTSFILE
|The task for the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17s is straightforward: top the group after three games and the reward is qualification to the UEFA WU17 European Championships this summer in Bosnia and Herzegovina.|
Home advantage could be a factor as James Scott’s squad will be in Tallaght Stadium to take on Slovakia (Wednesday, March 23), Finland (Saturday, March 26) and Iceland (Tuesday, March 29).
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Ireland are ranked third in Europe going into these key qualifiers following their superb showing in Round 1 last October, where they beat Hungary, Bulgaria and Norway.
Included in the squad are six players who have already featured in the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League, as well as Donegal sisters Jodie & Keri Loughrey.
Liverpool ace Sophie Morrin is the only foreign-based player to be called up, while forward Abbie Larkin is recalled after making her Women’s National Team debut last month in the Pinatar Cup.
The Ireland squad will assemble on Sunday, March 20th and begin preparations at the FAI National Training Centre ahead of the first game in Tallaght Stadium.
Republic of Ireland WU17 Squad
Goalkeepers: Summer Lawless (Peamount United),
Claudia Keenan (Wexford Youths)
Defenders: Meabh Russell (Wexford Youths),
Heidi Macken (Cork City),
Eve Dossen (Galway WFC),
Tara O’Hanlon (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Aoife Kelly (Shelbourne),
Michaela Lawrence (Treaty United),
Orlaith O’Mahony (Shamrock Rovers),
Sophie Morrin (Liverpool),
Jodie Loughrey (Donegal Women’s League)
Abbie Larkin, Lia O’Leary, Katie McCarn (Shelbourne),
Joy Ralph (DLR Waves),
Héidí O’Sullivan (Treaty United),
Keri Loughrey (Donegal Women’s League),
Chloe Atkinson (Cork City)
UEFA Women’s Under-17 European Championship Qualifiers Round 2 – League A
Wednesday, March 23 | Republic of Ireland v Slovakia, Tallaght Stadium, KO 19:00
Saturday, March 26 | Republic of Ireland v Finland, Tallaght Stadium, KO 14:00
Tuesday, March 29 | Republic of Ireland v Iceland, Tallaght Stadium, KO 12:00