McLaughlin earns first call-up for Ireland senior ladies squad

Alan Foley

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McLaughlin earns first call-up for Ireland senior ladies squad
Geraldine McLaughlin has been called up to the Republic of Ireland senior ladies squad ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly with Austria.

Geraldine McLaughlin has been called up to the Republic of Ireland senior ladies squad ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly with Austria.

McLaughlin was called up to the squad after manager Sue Ronan confirmed that Aine O’Gorman has been forced to withdraw because of injury. Ciara Grant, a Letterkenny native currently studying medicine in UCD and playing with Raheny Celtic, is also in the squad.

McLaughlin, a former student of Lorteo Letterkenny, has a reputation as a fine Gaelic footballer with both her club Termon and Donegal.

She previously played soccer for Kilmacrennan Celtic and has just completed a successful season with IT Sligo and is in the Ireland squad for next month’s World University Games in Russia.

“Aine is a big loss because she is an experienced player and key part of our attack but it does give me an opportunity to have a close look at Geraldine who has done well this season with IT Sligo and will be going to Russia next month with the Universities,” said Ronan.

Next week’s game is part of the squad’s build up to the Fifa Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign which will kick off in September with a home game against Slovakia. Also in Ireland’s group are Germany, Russia, Croatia and Slovenia, who were beaten 3-1 on June 2 by Austria.

Tuesday’s match in Tallaght Stadium kicks-off at 7.30pm