Republic of Ireland Women's Under-16 Head Coach Sharon Boyle has announced her 20-player squad for the upcoming UEFA Development Tournament in Sweden and included in the squad is Manorhamilton's Muireann Devaney who impressed during Ireland's recent victory in the U-15 Bob Docherty Cup.
Muireann was named as player of the tournament in the Bob Docherty Cup and scored a stunning goal against England as she helped Ireland claim victory in the tournament that also featured Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The WU16s play Sweden, Austria and Turkey in the space of five days, starting on Saturday in Smogen against the hosts.
Boyle’s squad includes eight players who were named in Colin Bell’s Under-17 squad for the UEFA European Championship Elite Round qualifiers in March.
“This age group is about development and getting them ready for competition at the Under-17 level. We want to improve the players' confidence too on the international stage”, Boyle revealed.
“The three games will be a huge test for the squad. Plenty of the players are playing outside Ireland for the first time.”
Ireland’s campaign begins on Saturday at 3pm (2pm Irish time) with a game against Sweden.
Republic of Ireland WU16 Squad
Goalkeepers: Courtney Maguire (Cabinteely), Ria McPhilbin (Salthill Devon)
Defenders: Robyn Bolger (UCD Waves), Kayla Brady (Lucan United), Bobbi Downer (UCD Waves), Ellie Ferguson (Shelbourne), Zara Foley (Lakewood FC), Eabha O’Mahony (Lakewood FC), Hana Ueno (Castlebar Celtic)
Midfielders: Aoibheann Clancy (Tipperary Town Ladies FC), Nadine Clare (UCD Waves), Muireann Devaney (Manor Rangers), Mia Dodd (Shelbourne), Taylor White (Shelbourne), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Shauna Carroll (UCD Waves), Lauren Egbuloniu (Passage), Blessing Kingsley (Hanover Harps), Sophie Liston (AK United), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne)
UEFA Women’s Under-16 Development Tournament
Saturday, May 12: Sweden v Republic of Ireland, Smogen, 3pm (2pm Irish time)
Monday, May 14: Republic of Ireland v Austria, Grebbestad, 6.30pm (5.30pm Irish time)
Wednesday, May 16: Turkey v Republic of Ireland, Lysekil, 10.30am (9.30am Irish time)