AMY Boyle Carr (Glenties) and Tyler Toland (St Johnstton) have been named in the Irish squad for the forthcoming UEFA Women’s U16 Development Tournament in Hungary.
Boyle Carr, who plays her club football with Donegal Town, and Toland (Maidan City) are part of a 20-strong Irish will face Slovakia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the hosts in the four-team tournament in Bük.
Ireland are preparing for the UEFA WU17 Championships Qualifying Round which will take place in October when we will host a group including Iceland, Belarus and Faroe Islands.
Sharon Boyle’s side beat Wales 2-0 and 4-0 in two friendly internationals in Newport earlier this month so will travel to Hungary in good form.
“The expectations would be to try and win all the games if we can and hopefully that the girls will develop and progress to Dave Bell’s U17s next season,” said Boyle.
“Some of them have already been up there – Tiegan Ruddy, Heather Payne and Sadhbh Doyle – and it’s great to have the three of them back to lead the other girls. They can show what the standard is like at U17 level.
“I wouldn’t underestimate the sides we’re playing against. They’re all developing well and you can see countries like Azerbaijan reaching UEFA WU19 Finals that teams across Europe are making progress.
“All around the park we’ve a strong group of players to work with. We have players who can play in different positions, which is something we’ve been working on over the past year.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND WU16 SQUAD
Erica Turner (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Aoife Fennell (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Sadhbh Doyle (Salthill Devon)
Heather Payne (Salthill Devon)
Emma Lawlor (Emo Celtic FC)
Tiegan Ruddy (Peamount United)
Harriet Lambe (Bristol City Academy)
Hannah O’Donoghue (Killarney Celtic)
Lauryn Grier (Kentstown Rovers FC)
Amy Boyle Carr (Donegal Town FC)
Bethany Fensom Carroll (Piltown AFC)
Megan MacKey (Chelsea Ladies FC)
Tyler Toland (Maiden City)
Aoife Lynagh (Salthill Devon)
Carla McManus (Bealnamulla FC)
Gillian Keenan (Emo Celtic FC)
Tara Cully (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Rachel Baynes (Castlebar Celtic)
Keelin McEntee (Peamount United)
Sally Kelly (Tramore FC)
UEFA Women’s U16 Development Tournament
Sunday, May 8
Republic of Ireland v Slovakia, Bük, Hungary (12.30pm Irish)
Tuesday, May 10
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland, Bük, Hungary (12.30pm Irish)
Thursday, May 12
Hungary v Republic of Ireland, Bük, Hungary (9.00am Irish)