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Northern Ireland girls must use dejection of loss against Italy as a spur, says Wylie

By Stuart McKinley

Published 03/06/2016

Boost: Ashley Huttons is back in the squad after work commitments.
Boost: Ashley Huttons is back in the squad after work commitments.

Alfie Wylie has told his Northern Ireland women's team to use the disappointment of their defeat in Italy as motivation as they prepare to face Georgia in a European Championship qualifier at Solitude tonight (7.45pm).

A stunning goal from Simone Magill had Northern Ireland 19 minutes away from pulling off a famous victory against the Italians back in April, with only two goals in the final four minutes denying them a point.

Wylie's girls started their qualifying campaign with a win in Georgia last October and that has raised expectations of another victory.

"We need to be winning games like this and I have stressed that to the girls," said Wylie, who has captain Ashley Hutton back after missing a number of games through work commitments.

"I've told them that it's no good sitting in a dressing room in Italy gutted after losing a game we could have won and then not do something about it in a home game against Georgia."

Northern Ireland squad: Jacqueline Burns, Nicole Adams, Jade Lyndsay, Sarah McFadden, Ashley Hutton, Julie Nelson, Jessica Foy, Rachel Newborough, Laura Rafferty, Rachel Furness, Emma McMaster, Marissa Callaghan, Ciara Sherwood, Samantha Kelly, Pamela McRoberts, Avilla Bergin, Kirsty McGuiness, Simone Magill, Lauren Wade, Laura Nicholas.

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