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Thursday 18 Feb 2021
Wylie puts 21-strong WU19 panel through their paces at Belfast camp

Northern Ireland’s Women’s Under-19 squad have been in a training camp this week ahead of Euro qualifiers this spring.

The WU19s are due to play Switzerland and Turkey along with hosts Armenia in early April in a qualifying round mini tournament for the WU19 European Championship finals this summer.

WU19s boss Alfie Wylie has been using the week-long camp in Belfast to prepare a 21-strong group of players for the three-match tournament.

Northern Ireland WU19s will begin their WU19 Euros 2021 qualifying campaign with a match against Turkey at the FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan on 6 April before facing the Armenians at the same venue on 9 April. Their final match in the qualifying round will see them take on the Swiss at the FFA stadium on 12 April.

The top team in each of 12 qualifying groups will progress to a further play-off round in June (single leg play-offs) along with top seeds Spain, who have been given a bye in round one, and the runners-up with the best record against the first and third-placed teams in their section.

Seven teams will then qualify from the play-offs for the finals along with hosts Belarus, who are aiming to stage the WU19 Euros 2021 from 21 July to 2 August. The finals will also act as a qualifier for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Back in December UEFA cancelled the Women’s U17 Euros which were due to be played in Bulgaria this summer but European football’s governing body is continuing to push ahead with plans for the WU19 finals.

Players at the Northern Ireland WU19 training camp this week include:

Goalkeepers – Rachael Norney and Lauren Welsh (both Cliftonville Ladies).

Defenders – Jane McMaster, Kathryn McConnell and Grace McKimm (all Linfield Ladies), Fi Morgan (Cliftonville Ladies), Erin McGreevy and Tierna Bell (both Lisburn Rangers), Aimee Neal (Sion Swifts Ladies), Aimee Lee Peachey (Glentoran Women).

Midfielders – Jessica Rea and Holly Otter (both Crusaders Strikers), Mia Fitzsimmons (Linfield Ladies), Helen Parker and Talia Keenan (both Lisburn Rangers), Abbie McHenry (Cliftonville Ladies).

Forwards – Eve Reilly, Sophie Megaw and Ellie-Mae Dickson (all Lisburn Rangers), Kerry Beattie (Glentoran Women) and Katie Dickson (Linfield Ladies).