Six new faces for Northern Ireland Women’s training camp squad


Northern Ireland Manager Alfie Wylie has called up six new faces to take part in a senior women’s international team training camp this weekend, reports

Among the players who will be training with the senior squad for the first time are goalkeepers Becky Flaherty (Everton) and Maddie Clifford (Crusaders).

Other new names are Gemma McGuinness of Derry City, who has played for the Republic of Ireland at underage level, as well as Lauren Robson (Manchester City), Abbie Magee (Linfield) and Caitlyn Hamilton (Crusaders Strikers), who have all previously played for Northern Ireland at under-age level.

Natalie Johnston, a defender with Leicester City, has trained with the senior team in the past but this will be her first taste of a full training camp with the senior squad.

The remainder of the panel taking part in the three-day camp is made up of experienced players and up and coming young players who have already featured in the senior set-up.

Centurion Julie Nelson (Crusaders Strikers), veteran defender Ashley Hutton (Linfield), captain Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville), Everton forward Simone Magill and midfielders Sarah McFadden (Durham) and Rachel Furness (Reading) are among the familiar faces who will be there.

Emma McMaster (Cliftonville), Brenna McPartlan (unattached), Megan Bell, Louise McDaniel and Kelsie Burrows (all Linfield) are some of the younger players called up by Wylie.

The 23-strong group were put through their paces at Ulster University’s Jordanstown campus tomorrow on Friday, while today will seem them involved in tactical work and a practice game at the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise’s Greenmount complex in Antrim on both Saturday and Sunday.

The panel for the training camp features:

Goalkeepers – Becky Flaherty (Everton Ladies), Maddie Clifford (Crusaders).

Defenders – Emma McMaster (Cliftonville Ladies), Ashley Hutton (Linfield Ladies), Julie Nelson (Crusaders Strikers), Natalie Johnston (Leicester City Ladies), Demi Vance (Glentoran Women), Lauren Robson (Manchester City).

Midfielders – Sarah McFadden (Durham Ladies), Rachel Furness (Reading), Megan Bell (Linfield Ladies), Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville Ladies), Ciara Sherwood (Crystal Palace Ladies), Rebecca McKenna (Linfield Ladies), Victoria Carleton (Lewes), Brenna McPartlan (unattached), Abbie Magee (Linfield Ladies), Caitlyn Hamilton (Crusaders Strikers).

Forwards – Simone Magill (Everton Ladies), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers), Gemma McGuinness (Derry City Ladies), Louise McDaniel and Kelsie Burrows (both Linfield Ladies).

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