Sean Dancer has named his Ireland Women's hockey squad for the huge two-legged Olympic qualifier against Canada next weekend.

Ireland's men team - who were also facing Canada - missed out on a ticket to Tokyo in heartbreaking, and controversial, fashion last night. 

A late penalty decision by the officials led to a shootout in which the Canadians prevailed, ending the Green Machine's Olympic hopes. 

Dancer will be desperate to avoid a similar fate but the Green Army do at least have the comfort of home advantage. Both games will take place at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin, on 2 and 3 November.

"I'm very happy with the squad we’ve chosen to represent Ireland in this Olympic qualifier," said head coach Dancer.

"Canada are a good side. When you get to this level everyone is, you can’t underestimate any team you come up against. We’ve been working hard the past few months and I’m confident in this team’s ability to be successful."

Ireland squad: Ayeisha McFerran (Ulster), Roisin Upton (Munster), Nikki Evans (Leinster), Kathryn Mullan (Capt, Ulster), Shirley McCay (Ulster), Elena Tice (Leinster), Gillian Pinder (Leinster), Beth Barr (Ulster), Serena Barr (Ulster), Chloe Watkins (Leinster), Lizzie Colvin (Ulster), Nicola Daly (Leinster), Hannah Matthews (Leinster), Sarah Hawkshaw (Leinster), Anna O’Flanagan (Leinster), Zoe Wilson (Ulster), Deirdre Duke (Leinster), Elizabeth Murphy (Leinster)

Watch Ireland v Canada live on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player on Saturday and Sunday from 6.30pm