Dave Bell excited for Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 17s friendlies
Dave Bell wants to use two friendly games with the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 17s against Scotland to prepare for their upcoming UEFA European Championship qualifiers.
Having already played Northern Ireland in a friendly game, this double-header gives Bell some more time to work with his players having recently taken over the role of manager from Dave Connell.
Bell was previously assistant manager to Connell so he is familiar with the set-up and some of the players having previously coached several members of the current squad, including Saoirse Noonan and Heather Payne who both played in this summer’s UEFA U17 European Championships in Iceland.
The focus for Bell is very much on October’s three first phase qualifying games in Turkey and he is excited to have two tests against Scotland in Edinburgh to prepare for those games.
“I think they will be two tough games for us. The door is always open and it will be difficult to pick a squad (for the qualifying games) but hopefully I’ll have nailed down some places after the Scotland games,” said Bell.
“It is exciting to get going with these games but we know that we have a job to do and the girls will come up against a tough Scotland team, who I’ve seen on DVD. But these are the type of games that we need.”
Along with Noonan and Payne, Bell has included two other players in Lauryn O’Callaghan and Niamh Farrelly who have experience at this level and that should help him in these games.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND WOMEN’S UNDER 17 SQUAD
Sophie Lenehan (Ballindaggin United FC)
Zoe Green (Lagan Harps FC)
Leah Reybet-Degat (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United FC)
Alex Kavanagh (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Saoirse Noonan (Douglas Hall FC)
Heather Payne (Salthill Devon)
Rachel Baynes (Castlebar Celtic FC)
Naoisha McAloon (Peamount United FC)
Lauryn O’Callaghan (Peamount United FC)
Tiegan Ruddy (Peamount United FC)
Leanne Kiernan (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Jade Reddy (Shelbourne Ladies FC)
Lauren Homan (Lakewood FC)
Tara O’Gorman (Douglas Hall FC)
Danielle Burke (Passage AFC)
Tara Mannix (Regional United)
Chloe Connolly (Nenagh AFC)
Sadhbh Doyle (Sathill Devon)
Eimear Kiely (Lakewood FC)
Scotland WU17 v Republic of Ireland WU17, September 2, KO 7pm, Ainslie Park, Edinburgh
Scotland WU17 v Republic of Ireland WU17, September 4, KO 12:30pm, Ainslie Park, Edinburgh
Video: Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 17 manager Dave Bell speaks about the two friendly games against Scotland