A Laois player has been selected on the Republic of Ireland U-19 Women’s squad for a European tournament this week.
Portarlington’s Della Doherty is one of 22 players selected for the competition in Portugal.
Dave Connell’s side will face the host nation, as well as Norway and Denmark in a mini tournament that will allow him to see his players up against elite opposition.
Ireland had two training camps in Limerick, which came off the back of playing Northern Ireland, as they ramp up preparations for their UEFA Under-19 Women’s European Championship qualifiers in October.
Having both being capped and captained the Republic of Ireland at youth level, 18-year-old Doherty has been at the heart of the Wexford Youths defence this season.
Previously at Peamount in Dublin, Doherty transferred south early in the season and her side sit third in the table – four points behind Peamount.
Best of luck Della!
Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19 Squad
Goalkeepers: Rugile Auskalnyte (DLR Waves), Savanna Duffy (Asane, Norway)
Defenders: Therese Kinnevey (Galway WFC), Teegan Lynch (Wexford Youths), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Della Doherty (Wexford Youths), Eve O’Sullivan (Treaty United), Shauna Brennan (Galway WFC)
Midfielders: Aoibheann Clancy (Wexford Youths), Nicole McNamara (Galway WFC), Abby Tuthill (Shamrock Rovers), Eva Mangan (Cork City), Muireann Devaney (Athlone Town), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jenna Slattery (Treaty United), Maria Reynolds (Shamrock Rovers), Kate Slevin (Galway WFC), Melissa O’Kane (Athlone Town)
Forwards: Rebecca Watkins (Peamount United), Kerry Brown (Sion Swifts), Emma Doherty (Donegal Women’s League), Erin McLaughlin (Sion Swifts)
International Friendly Games
Thursday, September 16 – Republic of Ireland WU19 v Norway WU19 | KO TBC
Saturday, September 18 – Portugal WU19 v Republic of Ireland WU19 | KO TBC
Tuesday, September 21 – Denmark WU19 v Republic of Ireland WU19 | KO TBC