#WU19EURO Qual Rd: Northern Ireland Women’s squad named

Northern Ireland squad for '#WU19EURO qualifiers
Manchester City midfielder Beth Smyth has been included in the Northern Ireland U-19 squad. (Photo: irishfa.com)

Northern Ireland are hosting their qualifying round group for the 2020 UEFA European Women’s U-19 Championship over the next seven days.

Norway, Wales and Moldova will provide the opposition in a mini tournament, with the games being staged across Northern Ireland.

Alfie Wylie has chosen a 20-strong panel for the mini tournament and he believes he has assembled a strong squad for the three matches.

His group features several players who have performed on the international stage before – and who also featured regularly in Northern Ireland’s top flight this season, including eight members of the Linfield squad who won the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership title.

Northern Ireland U-19 squad :

Goalkeepers – Lauren Perry (Linfield), Maddy Clifford (Crusaders Strikers).

Defenders – Libby Gilmore (Bristol City), Kelsie Burrows (Linfield), Beth Chalmers (Crusaders Strikers), Naomi Donnan (Linfield), Kirsty Cameron (Linfield), Toni-Leigh Finnegan (Cliftonville).

Midfielders – Mia Fitzsimmons (Linfield), Jessica Rea (Crusaders Strikers), Kerry Beattie (Glentoran), Rebecca McKenna (Linfield), Beth Smyth (Manchester City), Joely Andrews (Glentoran), Sasha Clare (Crusaders Strikers).

Forwards – Caitlin McGuinness (Linfield), Faith Johnston (Crusaders Strikers), Casey Howe (Linfield), Alexandra Collighan (Life University Atlanta, USA), Danielle Maxwell (Glentoran).

Fixtures:

Weds 2 Oct – Norway v Moldova (Stangmore Park, 2pm), Northern Ireland v Wales (Shamrock Park, 7.30pm)

Sat 5 Oct – Norway v Wales (Shamrock park, 2pm), Northern Ireland v Moldova (The Showgrounds, 7.30pm)

Tue 8 Oct – Northern Ireland v Norway (Seaview, 2pm), Wales v Moldova (Solitude, 2pm)

The top two sides in 12 groups plus the four third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in their section will go into an elite round draw on 21 November, with the elite round games in spring 2020. Seven teams will eventually join hosts Georgia in the finals in July 2020.

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