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Womens Premiership


22 Aug 2019
© Presseye Kenny Shiels

Nine Danske Bank Women's Premiership stars have been included in the first Northern Ireland squad of new manager Kenny Shiels.

Linfield and Glentoran both have three players apiece while Cliftonville, Sion Swifts and Crusaders are all represented in the squad.

Experienced internationals Julie Nelson (Crusaders) and Ashley Hutton (Linfield) are included in the defence, along with Claragh Connor (Sion Swifts) and former Under-19 star Yasmin White (Glentoran).

White's Glens teammates Emma Higgins and Demi Vance are also involved while Blues midfielder Chloe McCarron, who last played for Northern Ireland in three friendlies back in 2015, is included.

Linfield forward Rebecca McKenna is also there alongside former teammate Megan Bell - who joined Durham this summer.

Cliftonville midfielder and international captain Marissa Callaghan is also involved for the games which will see the side face Norway at Seaview on 30 August before playing Wales in Newport four days later.