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Thursday 19 Aug 2021
Wylie on WU17 friendlies and talented player pool

Northern Ireland Women’s U17 boss Alfie Wylie reflects on a 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland in the first of two friendlies.

After Wednesday’s stalemate, the two teams meet again in Belfast tomorrow afternoon in what Wylie says will be another strong test for his new look squad.

The double-header serves as vital preparation for the UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championship qualifiers in September when Northern Ireland take on Spain, Serbia and Iceland on 24, 27 and 30 respectively. All three of these games will be played in Serbia.

Wylie, along with coach George McCartney - a former Northern Ireland international - and WU17 captain Ryleigh Marks, talk about the player pathway established by the Irish FA to help develop young players which is helping provide what is hoped will be a bright future for the girls' and women's game in Northern Ireland. 

Click on the video below to hear what they had to say.


Northern Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Ellie Scott (Lisburn Rangers), Lilie Crooks (Mid Ulster Ladies).

Defenders: Sarah Tweedie (Linfield), Niamh Coyle (Sion Swifts), Abi Sweetlove (Linfield) Sofie Keenan (Linfield), Megan Neill (Mid Ulster Ladies), Rebecca Magee (Glentoran), Molly Loughran (Lisburn Rangers), Clarah Quigg (Sion Swifts), Cerys Madden (Cliftonville).

Midfielders: Lucy Johnston (Linfield), Rhyleigh Marks (Linfield), Aoibhe O’Neill (Sion Swifts), Aimee Kerr (Carnmoney Ladies) Faye Loughran (Lisburn Rangers), Tara Gilmore (Carnmoney Ladies).

Forwards: Keri Halliday (Linfield) Chelsea Scott (Killen Rangers), Emily Reid (Ballymoney), Rachael McIntyre (Limavady Boys) Tara Reilly (Cliftonville).