Northern Ireland Women’s squad named for Scotland friendly

Northern Ireland line up
Photo: Presseye/William Cherry

Northern Ireland women’s manager Kenny Shiels has named a 22-strong squad for next week’s friendly against Scotland.

One newcomer is young Cliftonville midfielder Fi Morgan, who makes the step up from the U-19s having played for the U-17s previously.

Returning after not featuring in the last squad are; Lisburn Rangers defender Ella Haughey, Glentoran forwards Casey Howe and Lauren Wade, plus Glentoran midfielder Joely Andrews.

Experienced defender Ashley Hutton is not available for the camp after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in her knee while playing for Linfield last week, while Everton striker Simone Magill is also unavailable.

And Shiels is still without a handful of players who are recovering from long term injuries, including Rachel Furness, Demi Vance, Megan Bell, Caragh Hamilton and Abbie Magee.

The match against Scotland is being staged at Seaview next Thursday (10 June) with a 7pm kick-off, with supporters permitted to attend.

Northern Ireland squad

Goalkeepers – Jackie Burns (Glentoran Women), Becky Flaherty (Blackburn Rovers Women).

Defenders – Julie Nelson (Crusaders Strikers), Rebecca McKenna (Linfield Ladies), Rebecca Holloway (Birmingham City Women), Laura Rafferty (unattached), Toni-Leigh Finnegan (Cliftonville Ladies), Ella Haughey (Lisburn Rangers).

Midfielders – Marissa Callaghan, Louise McDaniel and Fi Morgan (all Cliftonville Ladies), Nadene Caldwell, Joely Andrews and Sam Kelly (all Glentoran Women), Chloe McCarron (unattached), Sarah McFadden (Durham Women), Ciara Watling (unattached).

Forwards – Kerry Beattie, Casey Howe and Lauren Wade (all Glentoran Women), Kirsty McGuinness (Cliftonville Ladies), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers).

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