Colin Bell names squad for crucial World Cup double header
Ireland women's team boss Colin Bell has named a 22-player squad for the crucial World Cup double header against Slovakia and the Netherlands in Tallaght next week.
The Girls In Green are unbeaten in the qualifying campaign so far with wins over Northern Ireland and Slovakia whhile securing an impressive 0-0 draw away to group leaders the Netherlands last November.
Bell's side take on Slovakia on Friday, April 6 (kick off 5pm) with the Netherlands coming to Tallaght the following Tuesday (kick off 7.30pm).
Player of the Year Harriet Scott has been ruled out of the two matches due to a collarbone injury whilst striker Stephanie Roche continues her spell on the sidelines with a long-term injury. Megan Campbell is also a long-term absentee but Bell welcomes Aine O'Gorman back to the squad after the Peamount striker recovered from a knee injury.
Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (Manchester City), Amanda Budden (Cork City), Amanda McQuillan (Shelbourne)
Defenders: Claire Walsh (Peamount United), Sophie Perry-Campbell (Brighton and Hove Albion), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Niamh Fahey (Bordeaux).
Midfielders: Tyler Toland (Maiden City), Megan Connolly (Florida State University), Karen Duggan (Peamount United), Denise O'Sullivan (NC Courage), Roma McLaughlin (Shelbourne), Amy Boyle-Carr (Sion Swifts).
Attackers: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Leanne Kiernan (Shelbourne), Amber Barrett (Peamount United), Isibeal Atkinson (Shelbourne), Ruesha Littlejohn (Celtic), Aine O'Gorman (Peamount United), Claire O'Riordan (Wexford Youths), Dearbhaile Beirne (UCD Waves)