Blanch IT trio’s Ireland call

by Dave Donnelly

BLANCH IT hotshot Eleanor Ryan Doyle has been selected in the 20-strong Colleges and Universities side to take part in the University Games in Taipei next month.
The Peamount United striker has been in fine form in the Women’s National League this season, scoring three times since making the move back to Greenogue from UCD Waves.
Blanch IT also has two representatives in the men’s squad that will travel at the same time in the form of Firhouse Clover goalkeeper Ian Molloy and Drogheda United midfielder Jamie Hollywood.
Lucan native Ryan Doyle spearheaded Blanch’s attack as they were crowned WSCAI Division Two champions following a 4-2 victory over Cork IT in Kilkenny in March.
The 19-year-old scored hat-tricks in each of her side’s three games, including one in the final as the game ended 3-3 after extra time, as the northside college were crowned champions.
Senior international team manager Colin Bell will lead Ireland into the tournament, where they will face Mexico and Canada in the group stages.
“We’ve had several training sessions with the players and the standard has been really high, so there have been a few players unfortunate to miss out on the final squad,” Bell said.
“I’m really looking forward to working with these players throughout the tournament where we not only want to be successful but also help to develop these players for potential international squads in the future.”
Former Leeds United and Longford Town goalkeeper Ian Molloy was part of the Firhouse squad that avoided relegation in LSL Senior Sunday this year.
He helped the Tallaght club reach the quarter-finals of the Leinster Senior Cup, where they’ll meet St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park early next month.
Hollywood is a former Bohemians under-19 who joined up with Pete Mahon’s Drogs at the beginning of the current season, debuting as a sub against Finn Harps in early July.
Both squads travel to the island off China on August 11 and spend a week in training before kicking off their respective campaigns on Friday, August 18.
The women’s side open against Mexico at Hsinchu County Second Stadium before facing Canada at Fu Jen Catholic University on August 20.
Should they finish in the top two, they’ll face a quarter-final on Thursday, August 24, otherwise they’ll take part in placement matches on August 26 and 28.
The men’s side face France in their tournament opener at Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City before facing Mexico and the hosts on August 23.

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