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Carey looks at Docherty pluses

IRELAND U15 Girls School side boss Jason Carey insists the positives have to be taken from last week's Bob Docherty disappointment in Wales.

Despite the best possible start, with an impressive 3-1 win over the hosts on the opening day, the girls in green were edged out by Scotland on day two and eventual winners Northern Ireland on the final day.

Carey, however, who is in his first season in charge, believes the long-term advantages of the trip, and the hard work put into the preparation for it, outweigh any negatives.

"Simply the experience of playing in an international tournament alone was essential for the players," said the Ireland manager.

"One of the major positives was the fact that 16 players made their international debuts this year and we did have the top goalscorer in the tournament.

"Compared to the other teams we were very inexperienced; as a lot of their squads played in last year's tournament. For example, six of the Northern Ireland starting 11 against us actually took part in the competition last year.

"The whole experience last week has exposed the girls to what is required to play on the international stage. Three of them have already been called into the U17 international squad, which is progress already, and the rest have a year to do the same. We are, of course, disappointed not to have won the three games but you have to take a long-term view.

"The tournament was the short-term goal and the long-term goal is now the rest of their careers.

"The girls have been exposed to what is required and now they can decide is playing at that level what they really want to do, and they know what they must do to make it a reality."

It looked so good for Ireland on the opening day as Amber Barrett grabbed a second-half double to go with Ciara Rossiter's opener against Wales at the University of Glamorgan.

Twenty-four hours later, three goals in the opening 20 minutes from Scotland stunned Carey's side at the Cardiff venue. A fine second-half comeback was capped by two more goals from the superb Barrett and she would clinch the tournament's goalscoring award with her side's only goal in the 3-1 loss to Northern Ireland the next day.

IRELAND SCHOOLS U15 GIRLS SQUAD: A O'Neill (St Flannans, Ennis), C Gillen (Col Iognáid, Galway), K Carter (Dominican Coll, Galway), L Casserly (Seamount Coll, Kinvara), A Frawley (St Angela's Ursilines Con, Waterford), M Connolly (Christ the King, Cork), C McNamara (Col an Chroí Naofa, Cork), A O'Connor (St Vincent's, Cork), Michelle O'Regan (Col Na Toirbhirte, Cork), Mary Tyrell (Col Bríde, Enniscorthy), Ciara Rossiter (Pres, Wexford), R Carroll (Confey Coll, Kildare), R Doyle (St Josephs of Cluny), A Brierley, A Corcoran (Our Lady's Grove, Jesus and Mary College, Goatstown), N Crawford (Loreto Convent, Letterkenny), E Lafferty (Moville CC), Amber Barrett (Loreto CS, Milford).