Northern Eire booked their place at Ladies’s Euro 2022 on Tuesday evening by securing a 2-0 win over Ukraine.
Going into the sport, Kenny Shiels’ facet solely required a draw on the evening after they gained 2-1 within the first leg because of objectives from Rachel Furness and Simone Magill.
They practically took the lead inside six minutes when goalkeeper Kateryna Samson flapped at a nook, however Laura Rafferty narrowly poked huge. Magill then pressured Samson into a reasonably routine save simply earlier than the half hour mark. Ukraine struggled to carve out many possibilities with the scores stage at 0-0 going into the break.
Early within the second half, Northern Eire would discover the breakthrough with Cliftonville’s Marissa Callaghan displaying tenacity and composure to complete from a good angle. Ukraine once more provided little in response, with Chloe McCarron practically setting Magill up for a second aim earlier than full time.
Within the closing minutes of stoppage time, Nadene Caldwell added some gloss to the scoreline, rounding the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 on the evening. Earlier than the sport, Shiels claimed that his workforce of largely amateurs reaching Euro 2022 could be one of many sport’s all-time nice underdog tales.
He was equally emotional after the victory, saying: “I take a look at my workers, grown males, over there crying. I’m practically in bits myself. It’s all the way down to the women on the finish of the day. Once I got here in in 2019 the women have been traumatic, in bits, in items, and I used to be a brand new face.
“However they have been self-driven and took it on. It’s a must to take it in context, you take a look at Rory McIlroy and Steven Davis for what they’ve executed for Northern Eire. This right here, far and away, is one of the best ever sporting achievement for Northern Eire. For the UK, really.”