King gets first chance to see women in action - September 22, 2000

New Irish women's international manager Noel King has decided to watch his players in competitive action to see what they are made of, rather than hold a training session.

He has entered the team in the Celt Cup which starts in Northern Ireland today and it will give him a good opportunity to assess what he has to work with.

The four-country tournament, which includes Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, begins at 14:00 today with the Irish taking on Scotland.

Straight afterwards, the North take on the Isle of Man. The losers of both matches meet tomorrow morning with the final taking place tomorrow afternoon.

The Republic squad has a experienced look about it. Six of the seven-strong irish contingent at Arsenal make the squad, with only goalkeeper Emma Byrne missing as she is on holidays.

The Arsenal girls have been on outstanding form so far this season, brushing aside all-comers in the League. They even beat Liverpool 10-0, which bodes well for the Irish team.

Also included is Ronnie Gibbons from the all-conquering Fulham women's team. Gibbons made her international debut when he came on as a substitute in the 4-0 loss against the Czech Republic but since then her form has taken off while captaining the Fulham team to the top of the league.

Fulham have scored a massive 38 goals from their first four games while they have yet to concede.

Ireland squad: Angie McNally (Rathfarnham), Louise Kelly (Rathfarnham), Yvonne Tracey (Arsenal), Ronnie Gibbons (Fulham), Olivia O'Toole (Shamrock Rovers), Michelle Kane (Shamrock Rovers), Ciara Grant (Arsenal), Carol Conlon (Arsenal), Sylvia Gee (Benfica), Carmel Kissane (Shamrock Rovers), Caroline Thorpe (Arsenal), Susan Heapes (Arsenal), Paula O'Neill (Shamrock Rovers), Grainne Kierans (Arsenal), Catriona Connolly (Sligo), Niamh Connolly (Bealnamulla), Sinead Forde (Wilton), Michelle Walsh (St. Brendan's).

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