King out to 'finish the job'
ON A temporary break from his Ireland men's U-21 duty, Noel King yesterday named his squad for the Women's U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago next month.
The Dubliner admitted his delight at being allowed to "finish the job" with the girls team, in the wake of his appointment as Don Givens' successor, after they were cruelly denied a European Championship trophy when they lost to Spain on penalties in June's final.
But while they qualified for a first ever World Cup finals with impressive performances in Switzerland, the hard work only begins here for King's side as they face the unenviable task of facing football giants Brazil in their first match.
"While Ireland are not considered a massive power in world football, I believe that we go into this competition as the second best team in Europe and I think that we will get the respect from all of the teams that we play," said King yesterday.
"We all think of Brazil as a super nation. If you are going to play in a World Cup, I certainly want to play against them.
"The positive thing from the kids is that they don't really understand how strong Brazil are and I don't think we will educate them until the match is over."
Republic of Ireland (Women's U-17 World Cup squad) -- G Moloney (Reading), C O'Brien (Tramore), M Campbell (St Francis), J Gleeson (Tramore), J Byrne (Bealnamulla), C Grant (Kilmacrennan Celtic), A Gilroy (Killala), D Gorman (Salthill Devon), Z Boyd (Montclair Thunderbolts), D O'Sullivan (Wilton United), S Killeen (Raheny United), S Donnelly (Reading), R Jarrett (Northend United), T Kennedy (Finn Valley), K Glynn (Montclair Thunderbolts), A Budden (Wilton United), C Shine (Douglas Hall), H Scott (Reading), R Kearney (Lakewood Athletic), J Maloney (Roswell Santos), E Hansberry (Strand Celtic).