Womens Premiership


21 Nov 2020
© PressEye Linfield's Kelsie Burrows is one of 15 locally based players called up
A remarkable 15 players from the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership have been called up to the Northern Ireland senior women’s team for the forthcoming home Euro qualifiers against Belarus and Faroe Islands.
Five of the league’s clubs are represented by multiple players in the squad, while three of the other eight players in Kenny Shiels' 23-player squad were playing in the division last year.
In-form Crusaders Strikers forward Emily Wilson is including the squad for the first time and is joined by her club teammate - the ever-present Julie Nelson.
18-year-old defender Toni Leigh Finnegan of Cliftonville Ladies is also back in the squad, where she joins Reds teammate Marissa Callaghan.
Glentoran Women striker Kerry Beattie is also back in the squad - one of six Glens players in the squad along with Jackie Burns, Danielle Maxwell, Joely Andrews, Nadene Caldwell and Samantha Kelly. Their teammates Caragh Hamilton and Emma McMaster miss out through injury.
Sisters Kirsty and Caitlin McGuinness of Sion Swifts retain their place in the squad and would be the first ever sisters to play for Northern Ireland on the pitch at the same time.
Linfield Ladies defensive trio Ashley Hutton, Kelsie Burrows and Abbie Magee are also in the ranks for the double header.