The Republic of Ireland will have home advantage when they take on England, Switzerland and Northern Ireland at Markets Field in their three UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship qualifiers.
Head Coach Dave Connell has named a 20-player squad of which 15 play in the domestic leagues. Of the 15, 14 have already played in the senior Women’s National League this season. Wexford Youths talisman Ellen Molloy has earned four senior caps for Ireland.
Talking to fai.ie, Connell said he is looking forward to the experience of playing in front of a home crowd.
"We've had fantastic support from the people of Limerick in the past. It is a real football city and it would be great if we could get a big crowd again, as that would mean a lot to the players and spur them on."
He is under no illusions on how tough the challenge will be to emerge from this group and is targeting a good start to get momentum going.
"We are in a tough group with Switzerland top seeds and England being the best second seed, while we recently played Northern Ireland so we know about their qualities. If we can get off to a good start then you never know but that is what we need to focus on."
The squad in full is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Rugile Auskalnyte (DLR Waves), Savannah Duffy (Asane)
Defenders: Therese Kinnevey (Galway WFC), Jenna Slattery (Treaty United), Della Doherty (Wexford Youths), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Emma Bucci (University of South Carolina), Shauna Brennan (Galway WFC)
Midfielders: Teegan Lynch (Wexford Youths), Eva Mangan (Cork City), Muireann Devaney (Athlone Town), Nicole McNamara (Galway WFC), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Maria Reynolds (Shamrock Rovers), Melissa O'Kane (Athlone Town), Kate Slevin (Galway WFC)
Forwards: Aoife Horgan (Central Connecticut State University), Rebecca Watkins (Peamount United), Kerryanne Brown, Erin McLaughlin (Sion Swifts)
The schedule of games is as follows:
UEFA Women's Under-19 European Championships Round 1
Wednesday, October 20 | Republic of Ireland v England | KO 19:00 | Markets Field
Saturday, October 23 | Republic of Ireland v Switzerland | KO 19:00 | Markets Field
Tuesday, October 26 | Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland | KO 13:00 | Markets Field
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