Shamrock Rovers are pleased to announce the signing of Irish Underage International Joy Ralph. The U17 International striker joins the Hoops from DLR Waves.

Speaking on her arrival at Rovers, Ralph said: ‘’I am delighted to be signing for Shamrock Rovers. It is a great opportunity for me, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.  I hope that I can play my part in bringing success to the club.”

Head Coach Collie O’Neill said: “ I am delighted Joy has signed for us. She is one of the best young players in the country and I am looking forward to working with her over the next few months.”

Head of Women’s Football Jason Carey is also very happy to have Ralph on board for the rest of the season: “Joy is one of the best young strikers in the country, she is a player of tremendous quality, we have been monitoring her progress for quite a while.”


Joy is a 17-year-old, highly rated striker who joins us from DLR Waves. A Republic of Ireland underage International, the Greenhills native became DLR’s youngest-ever goal scorer last season, scoring twice on her senior debut against Treaty United at the age of 16.

Joy was part of the successful DLR Waves U19 league-winning side of last season and reunites at Rovers with Chloe McCarthy who made the move to Tallaght earlier this year.

Joy has already found the back of the net at Tallaght Stadium, bagging a hat-trick in last season’s 4-4 draw against the Hoops U19s, the first-ever underage girls match to take place in the Stadium.