Womens Premiership


30 Aug 2022
© Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press Caragh Hamilton

Glentoran Women star Caragh Hamilton and Cliftonville Ladies ace Grace McKimm have been added to the Northern Ireland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and Latvia.

Hamilton, 25, has returned from a long-term injury having missed Euro 2022 while McKimm has starred for the Reds this season – with the two replacing Cliftonville’s Kelsie Burrows and Laura Rafferty, who both had to withdraw.

That brings the total Danske Bank Women’s Premiership representation in the squad up to 15 including Mid Ulster Ladies goalkeeper Lilie Woods, who is in the squad for the first time.

Seven players from league leaders Cliftonville Ladies are included, with sisters Caitlin and Kirsty McGuinness joined by captain Marissa Callaghan, winger Louise McDaniel and defensive trio Toni-Leigh Finnegan and Abbie Magee being joined by McKimm.

Hamilton joins Glentoran Women quartet Joely Andrews, Nadene Caldwell, Chloe McCarron and Kerry Beattie are also included, along with their former teammate Lauren Wade – who left the East Belfast club to join WSL side Reading this month.

Crusaders Strikers duo Julie Nelson and Emily Wilson complete the local-based representation on the panel.

© Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press Grace McKimm