Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Check out the 18 brilliant young women making Irish soccer history with a UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship semi-final appearance tonight.

The goalkeepers

Amanda McQuillan - Shelbourne FC

From a Dublin family - but now living in Meath - this 16-year-old may be the baby of the group, however she is a key member of the team with lightning reaction times.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Brooke Dunne – Peamount United

A Kildare native, 17-year-old Brooke also played Ladies Football at underage level and is growing into her role as the side’s shot-stopper.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

The defenders

Keeva Keenan – Raheny United

This 16-year-old Ballymun player was gutted to miss the opening match against Spain due to suspension, but quickly made up for it by scoring against England in the next game.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Savannah McCarthy – Listowel Celtic

Kingdom representative Savannah is just 17 and has already proved her worth with important goals against both England and Sweden in the group stages

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Chloe Mustaki (Captain) – UCD Waves

18-year-old Chloe was made captain of the side because of her leadership skills both on and off the field. The Dublin UCD student can play at both left-back and midfield and has shown her versatility by excelling in both positions during the group games.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Grace Wright – Texas A&M University

Grace is 19 and from Texas, playing her football with American university Texas A&M. She is eligible to play for Ireland through her Limerick grandfather and has played at left-back throughout the campaign.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Ciara McNamara – Holyhill LFC

18-year-old Ciara plays her club football with Cork club Holyhill. She is a consistent and courageous defender, comfortable with the ball at her feet.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Ciara O’Connell – Wilton United

Defender Ciara is headed to UCC on a scholarship and the 19-year-old is the rock of the team in the heart of defence.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

The midfielders

Lauren Dwyer – Wexford Youths

17-year-old Lauren is from Carlow and plays in defence for her club Wexford Youths. She has adapted her skills to a midfield role for the Ireland team.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Hayley Nolan – Peamount United

17-year-old Hayley is a Kildare native who plays her club football for Peamount and is improving all the time in the Irish set-up.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Amy O’Connor – Wilton United

18-year-old Amy is a versatile midfielder who can play in a variety of positions and cause problems for the opposition in all of them.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Megan Connolly – College Corinthians

Clever midfielder Megan, 17, provided three assists during the group games before scoring the winning goal against Sweden with a brilliant free kick.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Shannon Carson – Holyhill LFC

18-year-old Shannon is an energetic midfielder and has been vital coming off the bench in the group stages.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Jessica Gargan – Peamount United

Another Peamount United player, 17-year-old Jessica uses her turn of pace to great effect in midfield.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Roma McLaughlin – Greencastle

Donegal girl Roma is still only 16. Her passing in the middle of the park is already impressive and improving all the time.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

The forwards

Sarah Rowe – Castlebar Celtic

18-year-old Sarah is a star in both soccer and Ladies Football. Lethal when attacking at pace, she scored the goal in the qualifying match against Turkey that took them to these finals

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Katie McCabe – Raheny United

Older brother Gary plays for Shamrock Rovers, but 18-year-old winger Katie is now becoming a star in her own right.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Clare Shine – Raheny United

19-year-old Clare scored the winning goal in their opening match against Spain; a remarkable achievement given she suffered a broken leg earlier this year.

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

The gaffer

Coach – Dave Connell

Meet Ireland’s newest soccer stars as they prepare for Euro semi-final

Dubliner Connell works for the FAI as a football in the community development officer and previously managed the Ireland women's U17 team.

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