TWO DONEGAL players have been named on the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 squad for the UEFA Under-17 Championship qualifying round in Lithuania.
Inishowen girls Erin McLaughlin and Kerry Brown are part of a 20-player squad named by head coach James Scott.
The Girls in Green will take on Albania (Tuesday, September 10th), Lithuania (Friday, September 13th) and Greece (Monday, September 16th) as part of the first round of qualifying as they look to take a step closer to next year’s tournament in Scotland.
McLaughlin plays for Culdaff in the North West Women’s Super League, while Brown is at Danske Bank Women’s Premier League challengers Sion Swifts.
Speaking ahead of the games, Scott said: “I’m delighted with the squad of 20, we have four players in who are born a year early so that’s great experience for them.
“We’ve got a good balance and there’s four girls in the squad who played with the Under-17s last year, it was a great experience for them and now coming in this year they know what to expect.
“We have a group of talented players coming through and we’re all really looking forward to heading out Lithuania.”
Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 squad
Goalkeepers: Leah Coen Hayes (Cork City), Emma Ring (Peamount United)
Defenders: Kate Slevin (Galway WFC), Therese Kinnevey (Galway WFC), Shauna Brennan (Galway WFC), Amiee Bates Crosby (Wexford Youths), Chloe McCarthy (Shelbourne), Jenna Slattery (Fairview Rangers)
Midfielders: Olivia Gibson (Cork City), Aoibheann Clancy (Limerick FC), Della Doherty (Peamount United), Muireann Devaney (Sligo Rovers), Kate O’Dowd (Sligo Rovers), Ellen Molloy (Thomastown United)
Forwards: Aoife Horgan (Limerick FC), Rebecca Watkins (Peamount United), Orlagh Fitzpatrick (Peamount United) Erin McLoughlin (Sea Rovers), Kerry Brown (Sion Swifts), Laura Shine (Wilton United)
September, 10: Ireland v Albania, (KO 13:00, Irish time), SRC Alytus – Alytus
September, 13: Ireland v Lithuania, (KO 16:00, Irish time), Stadium of Marijampole – Marijampole
September, 16: Greece v Ireland, (KO 13:00, Irish time), SRC Alytus – Alytus