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Tuesday 27 Aug 2019
Crumlin and Larne to host Northern Ireland Women's U19 international friendlies this week

Northern Ireland Women’s U19s are playing two challenge matches against Scotland’s WU19s this week.

Game one takes place later today (Tuesday 27 August) at Mill Road in Crumlin (1800 start), the home of Crumlin United FC.

And the second match is on Thursday (29 August) at Larne FC’s Inver Park stadium, beginning at noon.

Alfie Wylie’s WU19 squad features several players who have moved up from the WU17s along with players who have either senior squad experience or have previously played for the WU19s.

New senior women’s team boss Kenny Shiels has chosen a squad packed with experienced senior players for the Women’s Euro 2021 qualifier against Norway at Seaview on Friday, however he has insisted WU19 players will be considered for inclusion in future if they perform well at their level.

Included in the WU19 squad this time around is Linfield Ladies goalkeeper Lauren Perry, who has a handful of senior appearances under her belt, while club team-mates Kelsie Burrows and Caitlin McGuinness have previously been in and around the senior set-up.

This week’s games against Scotland will help Wylie prepare his squad for WU19 Euro 2020 qualifiers against Wales, Moldova and Norway in October. 

Northern Ireland WU19s squad: 

Goalkeepers – Lauren Perry (Linfield Ladies), Maddy Clifford (Crusaders Strikers).

Defenders – Kirsty Cameron (Linfield Ladies), Kelsie Burrows (Linfield Ladies), Naomi Donnan (Linfield Ladies), Libby Gilmore (Bristol City Women), Beth Chalmers (Crusaders Strikers), Ebony Lecky (Sion Swifts Ladies), Sasha Clare (Crusaders Strikers), Beth Smyth (unattached), Toni-Leigh Finnegan (Cliftonville Ladies).

Midfielders – Mia Fitzsimmons (Linfield Ladies), Jessica Rae (Crusaders Strikers), Sophie Megaw (Lisburn Rangers Ladies), Kerry Beattie (Glentoran Women), Olivia Marshall (Glentoran Women).

Forwards – Caitlin McGuinness (Linfield Ladies), Rachel McLaren (Crusaders Strikers), Joely Andrews (Glentoran Women), Danielle Maxwell (Glentoran Women).

Image: Lauren Perry is in the WU19s squad for the games against Scotland.