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Thursday 29 Sep 2022
Women's U15s to take part in development tournament

Northern Ireland’s Women’s Under-15 development team are set to take on Montenegro’s WU15s in Bulgaria tomorrow (30 September).

The game against the Montenegrins (10am kick-off UK time) is the first of three matches for the WU15s in a UEFA development tournament which is being staged at the Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium in Sliven over the next week.

Northern Ireland’s other opponents in the east-central Bulgarian city will be Bulgaria and Faroe Islands.

The game against the host country’s WU15s is due to be played on Sunday (2 October), with a 3pm start UK time, while the match against the Faroese is scheduled for next Wednesday (5 October). That game will begin at 2pm UK time.

The Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium is a multi-purpose venue and is the home ground of OFC Sliven 2000, who play in the third tier of Bulgarian senior football.

A 20-strong panel has been chosen to make the trip to Bulgaria, with 12 of the players coming from the one team - Crusaders Strikers.

The Northern Ireland squad for the WU15 development tournament is as follows:

Goalkeepers – Abbie Smith (Crusaders Strikers), Isla Mitchell (Linfield Ladies).

Defenders – Emma Brown, Lillie Horner, Caitlin Carlisle, Emi Wynne (all Crusaders Strikers), Ellie McLarnon (Linfield Ladies), Caitie McGurnaghan (Glentoran Women).

Midfielders – Sophie Pollock, Sophie Hutchinson, Niamh Hassan, Jessica McGuinness (all Crusaders Strikers), Natnicha Mills (Sion Swifts Ladies), Morgan Beattie (Larne Ladies).

Forwards – Lucy Kelly, Kayli-Ann Clayton and Mia Reilly (all Crusaders Strikers), Anna Walsh (Glentoran Women), Molly Weir (Ballyclare Comrades Ladies), Mia Snoddy (Larne Ladies).