International football comes to Limerick this Wednesday (October 20) and who better for the Republic of Ireland side to host first than our English neighbours.
The Irish U-19 women’s team are set to play England in a European Championship qualifier in Markets Field, home of Treaty United.
The “girls in green” will also host Switzerland at Markets Field on Saturday (October 23), before hosting Northern Ireland the following Tuesday at Jackman Park (October 26).
Speaking to FAI.ie, Ireland manager David Connell has welcomed the decision to play the games in Limerick:
“We’ve had fantastic support from the people of Limerick in the past. It’s a real football city, and it would be great if we could get a big crowd again, as that would mean a lot to the players and spur them on,” said Connell.
Treaty United’s Jenna Slattery has been selected for the squad. The defender is one of fourteen squad members (out of twenty) to have played in the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League so far this season.
Limerick native Nicole McNamara, who currently plays for Galway WFC, has also made the cut.
Tickets will be available for the games at the gate.
It’s set to be a busy week ahead for the U-19 side. The details are as follows:
Wednesday, October 20:
Republic Of Ireland vs England
Saturday, October 23:
Republic Of Ireland vs Switzerland
Tuesday, October 26:
Republic Of Ireland vs Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19 Squad
Goalkeepers: Rugile Auskalnyte (DLR Waves), Savannah Duffy (Asane)
Defenders: Therese Kinnevey (Galway WFC), Jenna Slattery (Treaty United), Della Doherty (Wexford Youths), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Emma Bucci (University of South Carolina), Shauna Brennan (Galway WFC)
Midfielders: Teegan Lynch (Wexford Youths), Eva Mangan (Cork City), Muireann Devaney (Athlone Town), Nicole McNamara (Galway WFC), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Maria Reynolds (Shamrock Rovers), Melissa O’Kane (Athlone Town), Kate Slevin (Galway WFC)
Forwards: Aoife Horgan (Central Connecticut State University), Rebecca Watkins (Peamount United), Kerryanne Brown (Sion Swifts), Erin McLaughlin (Sion Swifts)