Muireann Devaney named in Irish U16 development squad

Manorhamilton’s Muireann Devaney has been named in the Irish women’s U16 development squad for three games in Sweden starting this weekend.

The Manor Rangers club player has made the step up to the U16 squad having been named player of the tournament for the U15 international team in their winning Bob Docherty Cup campaign in April.

The U16 development side will play Sweden, Austria and Turkey in the space of five days, starting this Saturday at 2pm Irish time with a game against the host nation.

They will then face Austria on Monday and Turkey on Wednesday.

Head coach Sharon Boyle’s squad includes eight players who were named in Colin Bell’s Under-17 squad for the UEFA European Championship Elite Round qualifiers in March.

“This age group is about development and getting them ready for competition at the Under-17 level. We want to improve the players’ confidence too on the international stage”, Boyle revealed.

“The three games will be a huge test for the squad. Plenty of the players are playing outside Ireland for the first time.”

Ireland’s campaign begins on Saturday at 3pm (2pm Irish time) with a game against Sweden.

Republic of Ireland WU16 Squad
Goalkeepers: Courtney Maguire (Cabinteely), Ria McPhilbin (Salthill Devon)
Defenders: Robyn Bolger (UCD Waves), Kayla Brady (Lucan United), Bobbi Downer (UCD Waves), Ellie Ferguson (Shelbourne), Zara Foley (Lakewood FC), Eabha O’Mahony (Lakewood FC), Hana Ueno (Castlebar Celtic)
Midfielders: Aoibheann Clancy (Tipperary Town Ladies FC), Nadine Clare (UCD Waves), Muireann Devaney (Manor Rangers), Mia Dodd (Shelbourne), Taylor White (Shelbourne), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Shauna Carroll (UCD Waves), Lauren Egbuloniu (Passage), Blessing Kingsley (Hanover Harps), Sophie Liston (AK United), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne)

UEFA Women’s Under-16 Development Tournament
Saturday, May 12th: Sweden v Republic of Ireland, Smogen, 3pm (2pmIrish time)
Monday, May 14th: Republic of Ireland v Austria, Grebbestad, 6.30pm(5.30pm Irish time)
Wednesday, May 16th: Turkey v Republic of Ireland, Lysekil, 10.30am(9.30am Irish time)