Ireland U-17 impress in Youth Olympics warm-up

The squad includes three newcomers to the panel originally named with Alexandra College flyer Emily Beatty joined by Joanne Orr and Katie Morris to complete the panel of 16 (pictured in the SengKang Stadium stands).

IHA U-18 player of the year Dora Gorman, however, steps out of the panel – the Youth Olympics the event that had to give in an incredibly busy summer which has seen her prosper on three different sporting stages.

She will contest the U-17 soccer world championships in the West Indies following Ireland’s run to the European final while also helping her club, Salthill Devon, to the women’s FAI Senior Cup final.

Gorman also lined out in midfield for Galway as they won the minor ladies All-Ireland title in late July and was an ever-present in Ireland’s U-18 Home Nations’ hockey success.

Dave Passmore’s panel arrived in the south-east Asia four days ago and have since been taking in the sights and sounds of the Olympic village and arena with Leah Ewart and Roisin Upton have already been interviewed about their thoughts on the country and competition.

Ireland begin with a tough opener on Monday (4pm Singapore time; 9am Irish time) against the Netherlands who were so impressive in the European U-16 championships though their attitude left the Irish management unimpressed at that tournament.

New Zealand, Argentina, Korea and South Africa follow in the group stages before the classification matches take place on August 24 and 25 in which the top two from the two groups reaching the semi-final stages.

Ireland U-17 panel: Rebecca Barry (Laurel Hill/Catholic Institute), Chloe Brown (Nendrum College/North Down), Lucy Camlin GK (Ballyclare HS/Pegasus), Amy Cooke (Ballyclare HS/Lisnagarvey), Leah Ewart (Royal School Armagh/Armagh), Gemma Fraser (Omagh HS/Omagh), Dora Gorman (Taylors/Greenfields), Jenna Holmes GK (Carrickfergus/Randalstown), Lisa McCarthy (Mount Anville/Railway Union), Kerri McDonald (Banbridge Academy/Dromore), Antonia McGrath (Ursuline Convent/Cork Harlequins), Lucy McKee (Banbridge Academy/Armagh), Katie Mullin (Dalriada/Ballymoney), Roisin Upton (Crescent College Comprehensive/Catholic Institute), Emily Beatty (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Joanne Orr (Royal School, Armagh/Armagh), Katie Morris (Strathearn/Lisnagarvey)

Match Schedule:
Monday, August 16 (9am, Irish time):
Ireland vs Netherlands
Tuesday, August 17 (11.30am, Irish time): Ireland vs New Zealand
Thursday, August 19 (11am, Irish time): Ireland vs Argentina
Friday, August 20 (9.30am, Irish time): Ireland vs Korea
Sunday, August 22 (1pm, Irish time): Ireland vs South Africa
Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25: Classification matches

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