Dillon names promising Leinster U-18 side

Kate Dillon has named a Leinster U-18 girl’s side with a smattering of division one quality for the upcoming interprovincial series in Stormont which is set for October 22 and 23.

Fresh from first division one goals for Old Alex and Railway Union respectively on Saturday, skipper Emma Russell and Orla Macken are among a couple of the marquee names along with Irish U-18 panelist of this summer Kate Lloyd also among a list of six players back for a second spell with the side. Nicola Walsh is back between the posts while vice-captain Laura Gray and Orla Patton are the other returnees.

Glenanne first teamer Jennifer Rynne is emerging apace, too, at the Tallaght club while Anna-May Whelan is another who has played in Alex’s first team in recent times.

Eight players, meanwhile, have stepped up from 2010’s Leinster U-16 side. Among them, Molly Lamb and Sarah Hawkshaw bring a ladies football flair to proceedings, both part of Dublin underage panels which reached All-Ireland finals in the past two years.

Hawkshaw was in the Irish U-16 panel this summer along with goal-getter Hannah McDermott, sweeper Millie O’Donnell and keeper Carolyn Crampton while Claire Foley, Jessica McGirr and Jennifer Long move up from the blues’ U-16 setup.

Dillon takes over the coaching duties from Justin Sherriff and is joined in the management setup by Corinthian first team coach Colm Blennerhassett and the side is managed by Holly Jenkinson. They seek to win back the title from Ulster for the first time since 2007.

Leinster U-18 girls: Carolyn Crampton (GK, Wesley College/Old Alex), Nicola Walsh (GK, Mount Anville/Railway Union), Anna-May Whelan (Wesley College/Old Alex), Claire Foley (St Gerards), Cliodhna Loughlin (St Andrews/Railway Union), Emma Russell (captain, Holy Child Killiney/Old Alex), Hannah McDermott (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Jen Rynne (High School/Glenanne), Jenny Long (High School/Corinthian), Jessica McGirr (Loreto Beaufort/Loreto), Kate Lloyd (Loreto Dalkey/Railway Union), Laura Gray (vice-captain, St Andrews/Old Alex), Millie O’Donnell (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Molly Lamb (Loreto Foxrock/Railway Union), Orla Macken (Rathdown/Railway Union), Orla Patton (Loreto Dalkey/Hermes), Sarah Evans (Rathdown/Loreto), Sarah Hawkshaw (Mount Sackville/Railway Union)
Coach: Kate Dillon
Assistant Coach: Colm Blennerhassett
Manager: Holly Jenkinson

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