Three Donegal girls are currently in Cardiff on international duty with the Republic of Ireland U-15 side at the Bob Doherty Tournament.
Managed by Claire Wehrley, the Irish schoolgirls are part of the four-team competition competing against Scotland, Northern Ireland and host nation Wales. Nadine Crawford from Manorcunningham is a schoolgoer at Loreto Convent in Letterkenny, while Amber Barrett from Loreto Community School in Milford and Moville Community College’s Eimear Lafferty are also involved.
Ireland opened with a 3-1 win against hosts Wales at the University of Glamorgan Playing Fields in Treforest on Tuesday and then were due to take on Scotland at the same venue. They conclude this morning, Thursday, against Northern Ireland with a 10am kick-off time back in Treforest.
The Irish girls have an incredible record in the tournament as they have captured the crown no less than five times since its inception in 2002.
Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland U-16 Head Coach John Morling has urged his players to make an impression this week against Belgium in what will be their final games of the season.
Morling named an extended panel, divided into A and B selections, for the pair of double-headers against Belgium. The first games took place on Tuesday evening at Turner’s Cross in Cork, and Kyle McFadden from Swilly Rovers was part of the back four for the game, which Belgium won by a goal to nil thanks to David Cino’s goal right on the half-hour. McFadden came closest to a leveller but his looping header in stoppage time spun just over. The nations meet again tonight at O’Shea Park in Blarney