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Friday 14 Jul 2023
Northern Ireland girls to compete against boys at Foyle Cup

A Northern Ireland Under-15/U14 girls’ development squad will be taking part in the Foyle Cup next week.

Coach Stephen Graham, assisted by Heather Mearns, has chosen an 18-strong squad to compete in the international youth football tournament – in the boys’ U13 section.

Their first game at the Foyle Cup, on Monday (17 July), will see them take on Maiden City Colts, while Sion Swifts will provide the opposition the following day.

Both games are scheduled to have 3pm starts. The venue for the match against Maiden City is Clooney Park West 1 in Derry-Londonderry, while the game against Sion is due to be played at The Glebe in Strabane.

In their final group game on Wednesday they will be up against Cootehill Harps from Co Cavan. That match will also kick off at 3pm - at Prehen Playing Fields in Derry-Londonderry.

The WU15/U14 girls will then play further games at the tournament next Thursday and Friday which will determine overall positions in their section.

More than 450 teams from across the island of Ireland, Britain, the rest of Europe and North America are set to take part in the week-long Foyle Cup.

Sponsored by sportswear firm O’Neills, and run in association with Derry City and Strabane District Council, the tournament features 16 categories, ranging from U8 to U19 for boys’ teams plus five girls’/ladies sections.

Each year Foyle Cup matches are staged across Northern Ireland's North-West and in Co Donegal.

The Northern Ireland WU15/U14 squad for the Foyle Cup is as follows:

Goalkeepers – Madison Bell (Linfield Ladies), Zara McAvoy (Glentoran Women).

Defenders – Chloe Beckinsale (pictured), Sophie Geddis and Daisy Moore (all Crusaders Strikers), Lily-Brooke Wallace and Grace Campbell (both Linfield Ladies), Holly Hilton (Glentoran Women).

Midfielders – Charlotte Havern, Lauren Morrison and Abbie Smyth (all Linfield Ladies), Emilee Leacock and Heidi Curran (Crusaders Strikers).

Forwards – Mirjana Karrabecaj, Grace McAllister, Ruby Adair and Aoife Gargan (all Linfield Ladies), Ava Hurl (Magherafelt Sky Blues).