Republic of Ireland Women's National Team manager Sue Ronan has selected a squad of 22 players for forthcoming training camp in Wales.
The camp will include two challenge matches on Friday, 19th and on Sunday, 21st of August against Wales with the squad mainly consists of home-based players.
The squad includes nine first call-ups for Tiegan Ruddy, Roma McLaughlin, Saoirse Noonan, Leanne Kiernan, Amber Barrett, Niamh Farrelly, Sadbh Doyle and Chloe Moloney.
Niamh Prior, Roma McLaughlin, Saoirse Noonan and Chloe Moloney were all part of the Ireland Women's Under 17 squad for the 2015 UEFA European Championships in Iceland and all but five of the squad have played in the Continental Tyres Women's National League.
Ireland manager Sue Ronan wants to use the training camp as a chance to assess the young talent progressing through the age groups along with the home-based talent.
Ronan said: "There is no doubt we have many exciting players in our underage squads who I feel have the ability to be the future of the national team. This camp gives me and my coaching staff the perfect opportunity to get a closer look at our young players and assess where they're at in their development.”
Sue sounds a cautionary note. "The step up to senior international football is a huge one so we need to be patient with these young girls. However, the camp, as well as the two challenge matches against Wales, means they can experience the level without any pressure, while training and playing alongside experienced players like Niamh Fahey, Karen Duggan, Stephanie Roche & Julie-Ann Russell will help immensely with their development.”
The manager is excited about the upcoming events. "The games will also give me the opportunity to have a closer look at other home-based players like Noelle Murray & Jetta Berrill who have done really well at club level. I'm really looking forward to the camp and to see whether any of the players will be able to force their way into the squad for the upcoming game against Portugal at Tallaght Stadium in September."
The full squad is:
Goalkeepers: Niamh Reid-Burke (Shelbourne Ladies FC), Grace Maloney (Reading FCW)
Defenders: Jetta Berrill (UCD Waves), Meabh De Burca (Galway WFC), Sophie Perry (Reading FCW), Niamh Fahey (Chelsea WFC), Chloe Moloney (Galway WFC), Sadbh Doyle (Salthill Devon), Niamh Prior (UCD Waves).
Midfielders: Siobhan Killeen (Shelbourne Ladies FC), Karen Duggan (UCD Waves), Tiegan Ruddy, Niamh Farrelly, Roma McLaughlin (Peamount United WFC), Saoirse Noonan (Cork City WFC), Emma Beckett (London Bees), Julie-Ann Russell (UCD Waves), Katie McCabe (Arsenal Ladies).
Forwards: Leanne Kiernan, Noelle Murray (Shelbourne Ladies FC), Stephanie Roche (Sunderland WFC), Amber Barrett (Peamount United WFC)
John Manning began writing for Extratime.ie this year after retiring from the insurance industry. He has been a regular attendee at League of Ireland football matches since the 1970s. He has particularly supported Cork Hibs, Cork Celtic, Cork United, Cork City but has attended many other matches also.
He was formerly Webmaster of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland website (www.ppui.ie) to which he still contributes. He is currently Webmaster of the International Pitch and Putt Association website (www.fippa.org).
John broadcast Pitch and Putt on the airwaves from 1994 to 2005 – on CKR, KFM, KCLR FM, Midlands Radio 3, Radio Kerry and Cork 103 FM.
John held many administrative posts within the sport of Pitch and Putt
· Treasurer Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland 1992-93
· Public Relations Officer Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland 1994 – 2005
· General Secretary European Pitch and Putt Association 2000 - 2010
John Manning was the Editor of ‘Backspin’ – official monthly magazine of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland – between 1989 and 2005. He still currently contributes to ‘Backspin’.
He is a fervent supporter of the Republic of Ireland football team – home and sometimes away.
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