Teenage Payne in for Irish senior debut

by Gazette Reporter

PEAMOUNT United teenager Heather Payne could be in line to make her Republic of Ireland senior international debut following her brilliant performances for the Under-17s earlier this year.
The forward has been named in head coach Colin Bell’s squad for the international friendly against Iceland on Thursday, June 8 at 7.30pm in Tallaght stadium.
It marks the beginning of his preparations for the 2019 Women’s World Cup qualification campaign which will start against Northern Ireland in September.
Peamount United forward Payne is one of the fresh faces in the side having played for the Under-17 side in the recent European Championships. She gets her first call-up along with UCD Waves forward Dearbhaile Beirne.
Coach Bell said of the newcomers: “The next two internationals against Iceland and Scotland in July will be crucial in our preparations for the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
“There is plenty of competition for places throughout the squad and I’m really looking forward to working with a few new faces.
“I was with the Under-17s squad at the European Championships and I was impressed by Heather Payne so it will be a great experience for her to step up to the senior squad.
“No single place in the squad is guaranteed and I want to assess as many options as possible ahead of the start of the qualification campaign.
“It will be a difficult game as Iceland have qualified for the European Championships but I want to see us to continue to build momentum towards September.”
Midfield duo Alex Kavanagh and Roma McLaughlin have been promoted to the senior squad from the Under-19s squad whilst goalkeeper Amanda Budden also comes into the squad as five Continental Tyres Women’s National League teams are represented. Defender Louise Quinn, a former Peamount player, recently moved to Arsenal and scored a brace of headers in a 4-2 win over Birmingham City in the Women’s Super League.

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