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 targets 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 vast. Magill then compelled Samson into a reasonably routine save simply earlier than the half hour mark. Ukraine struggled to carve out many probabilities with the scores degree 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 decent angle. Ukraine once more provided little in response, with Chloe McCarron practically setting Magill up for a second objective 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 staff of largely amateurs reaching Euro 2022 can 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 right down to the ladies on the finish of the day. After I got here in in 2019 the ladies had been traumatic, in bits, in items, and I used to be a brand new face.
“However they had been self-driven and took it on. You need to take it in context, you take a look at Rory McIlroy and Steven Davis for what they’ve performed for Northern Eire. This right here, far and away, is the perfect ever sporting achievement for Northern Eire. For the UK, truly.”