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Five Wicklow star footballers selected for Irish teams

Seniors taking on the Phillipines in a friendly on June 19

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Stephanie Roche (left) returns to the Irish team for the first time since 2019.

Stephanie Roche (left) returns to the Irish team for the first time since 2019.

Stephanie Roche (left) returns to the Irish team for the first time since 2019.

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FIVE Wicklow players have been selected for Ireland teams for upcoming international fixtures.

The under-19s will face England in a friendly on June 30, with manager Dave Connell selecting a new-look squad for the occasion with many unavailable due to Leaving Cert commitments.

Amongst those called up is Aoife Mohan. The 18-year-old former Bray Wanderers midfielder is now playing with Wexford Youths, for whom she has impressed at under-19s.

To date, she has made 10 appearances for Wexford’s U19s, winning seven and drawing three, while she has also made a couple of substitute appearances for their senior side.

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She is joined on the Ireland panel by Shamrock Rovers duo Abby Tuthill and Maria Reynolds. Tuthill is into her third season with the Hoops, having stepped up to under-19s from under-17s this year.

The defender has also got experience at international level, having been part of the under-19s squads in the past.

As for Maria Reynolds, she, too, has stepped up to under-19 level with Shamrock Rovers this year, and was part of the same Ireland squad as Tuthill.

As for the seniors, coming off relegation from the Women’s Super League with Birmingham City, Louise Quinn will be hoping to rebound by winning her 95th cap for Vera Pauw’s side.

The Girls in Green will be facing a World Cup qualifier away to Georgia on June 27, with a win putting them in a great position to earn a play-off with just two games to go.

The last time the two sides met was in November 2021, when Ireland hammered Georgia 11-0 in Tallaght.

Also in the squad is Aine O’Gorman, who will be hoping to carry her excellent Peamount Utd form into the international camp. She has scored 15 goals so far this term.

The big news is the return of Stephanie Roche to an Ireland team for the first time since 2019. She, too, has more than earned her place with 12 goals so far this year, including a hat-trick in the most recent 5-0 win over Sligo Rovers.

Ireland will face the Philippines in a friendly on June 19 in preparation for that clash against Georgia the following week.


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