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Seven Laois girls selected on Midlands squad for U-13 Gaynor Cup

The Midlands League have confirmed a 20-player squad for the U-13 Gaynor Cup competition – and seven Laois-based girls have made it.

Traditionally, the showpiece national event for underage girls soccer would be due to get underway in early June.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown all of that out the window.

Nevertheless, the SFAI have committed to staging the Gaynor Cup (both U-13 and U-15) as well as the Kennedy Cup for the boys, in August.

Of the seven Laois players selected on this squad, six of them come from Portlaoise AFC.

Doireann Brennan, Emma Francis, Holly Murphy, Leah Brennan, Sally Morgan and Ciara Breslin make up the Portlaoise contingent.

Meanwhile Timahoe native Niamh Dundon, of T&S United, is the seventh Laois based member of the squad.

It will be a piece of history for her later in the year as she will become the first player from the club to feature at the tournament.

She will follow in the footsteps of Eimear Devoy who represented the Midlands at the U-15 Gaynor Cup in 2019.


Adeline Bowen (Swans)
Aleesha Joyce White (Hodson Bay)
Ava Shine (Bealnamulla)
Doireann Brennan (Portlaoise)
Ella Cuskelly (Killeigh)
Emma Francis (Portlaoise)
Franziska O’Reilly (Kinnegad)
Holly Murphy (Portlaoise)
Isabelle Keyes (Killeigh)
Katie Glynn (Bealnamulla)
Kayla Lawlor (Killeigh)
Laura Condron (Killeigh)
Lauren Byrne (Killeigh)
Leah Brennan (Portlaoise)
Molly Dignam (Kinnegad)
Niamh Dundon (T&S United)
Roisin O’Brien (Hodson Bay)
Ruth Quirke (Ballinahown)
Sally Morgan (Portlaoise)
Susie Kelly (Bealnamulla)
Ciara Breslin (Portlaoise)
Isabelle McCumiskey (Tullamore)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.