Belfast Telegraph

NI girls hoping to cause title upset at the U21 Euros


By Richard Bullick

Scottish-based student Jenny Lewis will captain Northern Ireland at the Under-21 European Championships, which get under way in Aberdeen today.

Lewis is one of four exiles in the squad who will want to impress coach Jacqui Portis ahead of July's Junior World Championships in Botswana.

Both Belfast Ladies shooter Rachael Moore and Westside's Emma Magee are at the University of Northumbria, while Fionnuala Crosbie, currently studying at Leeds University, is the younger sister of Ciara, who has been capped at senior level.

However, the likes of Mary Carson and Olivia McDonald are now ineligible while Clodagh McCambridge, who captained Kingsway in last month's Senior Cup final, has opted out of the squad.

Three players who took part in the domestic final will be in action including McCambridge's Kingsway clubmate and fellow Lurgan girl Dearbhla Coleman.

Young Gaelic football star Coleman impressed shooting for Northern Ireland Under-17s in their European Championships at Antrim Forum in March and again in the recent club final.

Domestic double winners Larkfield supply young goalkeeper Rebecca McCullough and Claire McCammon. Frances Keenan is one of three schoolgirls along with Coleman and Michelle Magee of St Dominic's and Westside.

McCullough and McCammon are joined in a Larkfield quartet by Isabel Jess and English-born Shannon Smith. Holywood's Jessica Copeland completes a squad of 12 with the experienced Portis supported on the coaching ticket by star shooter Lisa Bowman.

The Elite section comprises the home nations, with England favourites for the trophy. They are Northern Ireland's opening opponents today (2pm) followed by Scotland tomorrow (3pm) and Wales on Sunday (12pm).

Northern Ireland U21s: J Lewis (capt), R Moore, F Crosbie, R McCullough, C McCammon, I Jess, S Smith, E Magee, M Magee, D Coleman, F Keenan, J Copeland.

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