Méabh De Búrca

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Méabh De Búrca
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Personal information
Full name Méabh De Búrca
Date of birth (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Galway W.F.C.
Youth career
Salthill Devon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2009 Salthill Devon
2007–200x Galway
2009–2011 New Haven Chargers
2011 Boston Aztec 13 (0)
2012 Amazon Grimstad
2013 Eskilstuna United
2013– Galway W.F.C.
National team
2006– Republic of Ireland 30 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Méabh De Búrca (born 11 August 1988) is an Irish footballer who plays for the Republic of Ireland women's national football team and Women's National League club Galway W.F.C.. At club level she previously played in America for Boston Aztec, in Norway for Amazon Grimstad and for Swedish club Eskilstuna United. De Búrca can play in defence or midfield.

Club career[edit]

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De Búrca joined Salthill Devon in 2000, initially playing in the boys' team.[1] She progressed through the ranks alongside Niamh Fahey,[1] and the pair helped Galway win the 2007 FAI Women's Cup.[2] While Fahey departed to Arsenal Ladies, De Búrca stayed in Ireland and represented Galway in the 2008–09 UEFA Women's Cup.[3]

In 2009 De Búrca moved to the University of New Haven on a soccer scholarship.[4] In the 2011 season she also played for Boston Aztec, the Boston Breakers' reserve team, who compete at WPSL level. De Búrca made 13 appearances as Aztec won their conference and reached the national semi–final.[5]

After graduating with a Master's degree in Sports Management, De Búrca signed a professional contract to play the 2012 season with Norwegian club Amazon Grimstad.[6]

De Búrca spent the 2013 season playing for Eskilstuna United alongside compatriot Louise Quinn. The team won the Elitettan and promotion into the Damallsvenskan.[7] In December 2013 De Búrca signed for new Women's National League entrant Galway W.F.C..[8]

International career[edit]

De Búrca has won over 40 caps for Ireland,[4] having previously represented her country at Under–17 level and as captain of the Under–19 team.[4] Her full international debut came in a 1–0 defeat to Italy at Richmond Park in September 2006.[9]

In 2007, while a student at NUI Galway, De Búrca played for Irish Universities at the 2007 Summer Universiade in Bangkok.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kieran Beckles (24 August 2009). "Irish stars prepare for World Cup qualifying". The Sport Review. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Galway League 1-0 Raheny United". RTÉ. 14 October 2007. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Meabh De Burca". UEFA.com. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "#9 Meabh De Burca". University of New Haven. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011 National Championship" (PDF). WPSL. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011 National Championship". Women’s Soccer Alumna Signs Professionally in Norway. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Landy, Barry (11 October 2013). "Meabh De Burca – "I knew my time was limited and I wanted to try something else"". The Emerald Exiles. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Galway WFC sign De Búrca from Swedish side". Galway Independent. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ladies Soccer". Salthill Devon. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Irish Delegation for World University Games Announced". Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland. 24 July 2007. Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 

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