13-year-old Cherry Orchards defender Jessie Stapleton has been called to the Senior Women's International squad for next week's training camp by boss Colin Bell.
The highly regarded Dublin teen has already played for the Ireland U15 and made history early in her career when she became the first female to play in the Dublin & District Schoolboys League with her club Cherry Orchard.
Huge congratulations to Orchards Jessie Stapleton pictured here receiving her official International cap after representing the FAI Schools International girls team. Vice Chairman Mr. Robert Moran presents Jessie with her award, the Class of 2018 🇮🇪⚽️🍒 pic.twitter.com/sPGBHKi9sC
— Cherry Orchard FC (@CherryOrchardFC) March 25, 2018
POTM | Leanne KIERNAN awards Player of the Match to Jessie STAPLETON Palmerstown CS | CONGRATULATIONS Jess, super performance in the park today for Republic of Ireland Schools 👍 Tks to #IRLWNT for signed jersey pic.twitter.com/C3V3zvzzSS
— FAI Schools (@faischools) February 17, 2018
Stapleton is unable to play a full international until she is sixteen but is one of the emerging stars within Irish youth football. Cherry Orchard released a statement congratulating Stapleton on the impressive feat.
A remarkable achievement from a player at such a young age. Jessie has a huge career ahead of her as she has a fantastic attitude and love for the game, and everyone at the Cherry Orchard FC are so proud of her.
Huge congratulations to Jessies Orchard coach Brendan Wynne and his coaching team for guiding Jessie to this stage of her career.