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McGovern set for Elite Round battle with Ireland WU19s

Dave Connell’s side will play three matches in Spain

Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19s begin their UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Elite Round on Wednesday afternoon.

Dave’s Connell’s side are based in the north-west of Spain, and will play Hungary on Wednesday before games against Serbia and the hosts Spain.

Roisin McGovern (pictured above) is one of four DLR Waves players in the squad, and has starred for the Dublin side in their opening matches in this season’s Só Hotels WNL.

McGovern is the latest player to feature in the FAI’s Club and Country series, and speaking in Spain ahead of the side’s opener, the centre-half revealed the team have prepared well and that the first training session on Spanish soil was a success.

“We’re all raring to go for the Hungary match. We had some of the girls as part of the Elite Round squad last year, so the experience they have brought to the squad and the sessions has been great.”With games to come against Hungary, Serbia and the reigning champions Spain, McGovern knows the side face a tough task to qualify for July’s Finals in Scotland.

“We have to take it game by game, and if we win both of our opening matches, we can then focus on Spain. We need to focus on the first game to have any chance of qualifying.

Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19 squad
Goalkeepers: Erica Turner (DLR Waves), Rachael Kelly (Shelbourne)
Defenders: Sadhbh Doyle (Galway WFC), Roisin McGovern (DLR Waves), Rachel Baynes (Galway WFC),  Aoife Slattery (Wexford Youths), Leah Brady (Galway WFC), Katie Burdis (DLR Waves)
Midfielders: Lucia Lobato (Galway WFC), Megan Mackey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Chloe Singleton (Galway WFC), Tiegan Ruddy (CCSU), Sinead Donavan (Galway WFC)
Forwards: Alannah McEvoy (Shelbourne), Carla McManus (Kilkenny United), Kelly Brady (World Class), Heather Payne (Bristol City), Niamh Reynolds (Reading), Michelle O’Driscoll (Daytona State University), Keelin McEntee (DLR Waves)

.UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship – Elite Round
03/04 – Hungary v Republic of Ireland, Campo Municipal de A Lomba, KO 13:00 (12:00 Irish time)
06/04 – Republic of Ireland v Serbia, Campo Municipal de A Lomb,. KO 13:00 (12:00 Irish time)
09/04 – Republic of Ireland v Spain, San Lázaro, Santiago de Compostela, KO 18:30 (17:30 Irish time)

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