Republic of Ireland Women’s squad named for UEFA U-19 Elite Round

Bristol City’s Heather Payne to bolster the attack. (Photo: @FAIreland)

Republic of Ireland U-19 Head Coach, Dave Connell has named a 20-player squad for his side’s UEFA Elite Round, which kick-off in Spain next week.

Connell has made four changes from the group that he brought to Rome for January’s double-header of friendly games against Italy.

Bristol City striker Heather Payne will join up with the squad from the senior team to bolster the attack, while Tiegan Ruddy, Michelle O’Driscoll and Niamh Reynolds are also among the 20 selected.

“They’re three tough games. The Spain game is built to be the toughest; I’m sure it will be. At the minute though, we’re focusing on Hungary, and hopefully we can take a positive result into the Serbian game. We want to go into the last game in a winner-takes-all scenario,” Connell told

Republic of Ireland U-19 squad

Goalkeepers: Erica Turner (DLR Waves), Rachael Kelly (Shelbourne)

Defenders: Sadhbh Doyle (Galway), Roisin McGovern (DLR Waves), Rachel Baynes (Galway), Aoife Slattery (Wexford), Leah Brady (Galway), Katie Burdis (DLR Waves)

Midfielders: Lucia Lobato (Galway), Megan Mackey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Chloe Singleton (Galway), Tiegan Ruddy (Shelbourne), Sinead Donavan (Galway)

Forwards: Alannah McEvoy (Shelbourne), Carla McManus (Kilkenny United), Kelly Brady (World Class), Heather Payne (Bristol City), Niamh Reynolds (Reading), Michelle O’Driscoll (Daytona State University), Keelin McEntee (DLR Waves).

UEFA Women’s U-19 European Championship – Elite Round

03/04 – Hungary v Republic of Ireland (Campo Municipal de A Lomba, 12pm)
06/04 – Republic of Ireland v Serbia (Campo Municipal de A Lomba, 12pm)
09/04 – Republic of Ireland v Spain (San Lázaro, Santiago de Compostela, 5.30pm)

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