Ireland WNT: Head Coach Colin Bell names 21-player squad for Scotland test

Republic of Ireland Head Coach Colin Bell names 21-player squad for Scotland test

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Head Coach Colin Bell has named a 21-player squad for the international friendly against Scotland.

The Women’s National Team face Scotland on Friday, July 7th, at Raith Rovers’ Stark Park ground in their final game before the 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign begins in September.
Celtic midfielder Ruesha Littlejohn returns to the squad as well as Shelbourne Ladies forward Leanne Kiernan who has recently recovered from injury.

Sunderland forward Stephanie Roche has been included in the squad but will face a fitness test having sustained a hamstring injury on the final day of the Women’s Super League Spring Series.

UCD forward Dearbhaile Beirne, Peamount United forward Heather Payne and Cork City WFC goalkeeper Amanda Budden all remain in the squad having impressed during the Iceland camp.

WNT Head Coach Colin Bell said: “It is the final game before we start our World Cup qualification campaign so it is important we continue to improve on the form we’ve shown this year.

“I was really impressed with the spirit and determination shown against a strong Iceland side in difficult conditions and I’ll be looking for the same qualities in Scotland for what should be another difficult test. Scotland are currently in a pre-European Championships camp whilst our players will be coming back from holiday.

“The individual responsibility of my players will be vital and I’ve every confidence that the players will be well prepared for the game.

“We’ve brought Ruesha Littlejohn back into the squad as well as Leanne Kiernan. We’ve got to assess Stephanie’s fitness ahead of the match considering her injury in the final game of the season and a decision will be made in due course.

“I’d also like to thank Houston Dash for making Denise O’Sullivan available for selection outside of the international window.“

Republic of Ireland WNT squad v Scotland

Goalkeepers:

Marie Hourihan (Manchester City),
Emma Byrne (Brighton and Hove Albion),
Amanda Budden (Cork City WFC).

Defenders:

Harriet Scott (Reading WFC),
Sophie Perry (Brighton and Hove Albion),
Diane Caldwell (SC Sand),
Louise Quinn (Arsenal Ladies),
Niamh Fahey (Chelsea WFC),
Megan Campbell (Manchester City).

Midfielders:

Karen Duggan (UCD Waves),
Denise O’Sullivan (Houston Dash),
Megan Connolly (Florida State University),
Ruesha Littlejohn (Celtic),
Roma McLaughlin (Shelbourne Ladies),
Stephanie Roche (Sunderland Ladies),
Alex Kavanagh (Shelbourne Ladies).

Forwards:

Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves),
Dearbhaile Beirne (UCD Waves),
Leanne Kiernan (Shelbourne Ladies),
Heather Payne (Peamount United),
Katie McCabe (Arsenal Ladies).

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