Aoibheann joins Irish team in Spain for World Cup prep camp

Aoibheann Clancy in action with Wexford Youths against Athlone Town early in October. (Picture: Wexford Youths)

Kilbehenny’s teenager and Wexford Youths midfielder Aoibheann Clancy, will be amongst 26 players that Republic of Ireland Women’s national team manager Vera Pauw is bringing to Spain for an eight-day training camp, that includes an International friendly against Morocco.

The national team is destined for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand. Manager Pauw is keen to use this camp to begin preparations, with international camps to follow in February, April and June next year ahead of the tournament.

The squad linked up in Marbella last Monday to begin the training camp, with the friendly against Morocco to be played next Monday at 5pm Irish time.

The squad announcement was made last Friday. Aoibheann Clancy’s club, Wexford Youths, were unfortunate to lose 4-0 against Shelbourne at the end of October, meaning they finished the season fourth in the league.

Speaking with The Avondhu after the loss, Ms Clancy said that the result was ‘disappointing’, but said “there’s always next season.”

“I don’t think we really turned up when it came down to it. It was a tough one to take. However, there’s never been a lack of belief in Wexford Youths. There’s a culture of winning, and going into next year, there’ll be a real hunger for winning.”