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Quintet to wave Ulster flag as Irish U16 girls sit Six Nations test

By John Flack

Published 27/06/2016

Ireland Under-16 coach Ali McNeill
Ireland Under-16 coach Ali McNeill

Five Ulster girls have been included in the Ireland Under-16 squad for a prestigious Six Nations tournament in Belgium next month.

The Irish youngsters, coached by Ulster woman Ali McNeill, will face the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and England as well as the hosts.

Gemma Ferguson (Ballyclare High School), Anna Nawn (Limavady Grammar), Rachel Houston (Wallace HS) and Rainey Endowed duo Betty Scott and Erin Anderson have all made the cut.

Meanwhile, the Ulster U18 girls fought out a 1-1 draw with Wales in Cardiff yesterday to end the three-match series on a positive note. Lurgan Premier League player Emily McStea scored a second-half equaliser after Wales had taken the lead against the run of play.

Ulster High Performance manager Stephen Watt said: "The girls responded very well after the first two games and it was an excellent development exercise for the players, all of whom will still be available at this age level next year."

Ulster had also drawn their opening game (0-0) before going down 4-2 in their next encounter against the hosts.

The Ulster U18 boys completed a clean sweep of victories against their Welsh counterparts at Jordanstown with a 2-0 success, the goals coming from Danny Kerr and Michael Kerr.

They also recorded a 3-0 win on Saturday following Friday's 5-2 victory.

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