Talented Cork trio Shine, O'Sullivan and O'Mahony included in Irish soccer squad

Talented Cork trio Shine, O'Sullivan and O'Mahony included in Irish soccer squad
Savannah McCaskill #9 of the Chicago Red Stars tries to stop Denise O'Sullivan #8 of North Carolina Courage. Picture: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

THREE Cork girls will travel to Greece next week with the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team for the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifier against Greece.

The qualifier, which will be Ireland's third in the campaign, will take place in Panionios, Athens next Tuesday at 1pm, Irish time.

Cork City's Eabha O'Mahony, Glasgow's Clare Shine and North Carolina's Denise O'Sullivan were picked as part of manager Vera Pauw's 24-player panel.

Midfielder Denise O'Sullivan, who recently helped North Carolina Courage retain their NWSL title in the United States, is a key performer for her county.

Douglas native Clare Shine, who has helped her side qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League, is in a rich vein of form too.

Cork's Eabha O'Mahony is delighted with the call-up and looking forward to the game.

"It is great for me to get called back into the squad for the upcoming game against Greece," said O'Mahony. "There is a lot of talent in the squad so I am happy to be part of it and I hope I will get to play a role."

The Ballincollig Community School student is a terrific prospect, as shown by her regular involvement at senior level lately.

Wexford Youths forward Rianna Jarrett is also part of the squad following last Sunday's triumph in the Só Hotels FAI Women's Cup Final at Aviva Stadium, while seven other home-based players have been called up.

Ireland sit second in Group I following wins over Montenegro and Ukraine with five goals scored and two conceded. This next game, against Greece, will be the final fixture of 2019 before action resumes in March 2020 with a double-header (home to Greece, away to Montenegro).

The squad will meet up on Wednesday, November 6th to begin preparations for the game before flying to Greece on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's qualifier.

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