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Northern Ireland women now pose a real threat, insists captain

European qualifier

Published 20/09/2016

Aim: Marissa Callaghan is out to end the series on a high
Aim: Marissa Callaghan is out to end the series on a high

Marissa Callaghan believes the Northern Ireland women's side have discovered a real attacking edge in their European qualifying campaign.

Their Euro 2017 series concludes tonight against Group 6 leaders Switzerland in Biel (7.45pm) and Alfie Wylie's side will be looking to finish on a high note against the Swiss, who will progress to the finals in Holland next year.

Northern Ireland, who lost 3-0 to Italy at Mourneview Park on Friday, are likely to finish fourth in the group but they have netted 10 goals in seven games and Cliftonville Ladies ace Callaghan is thrilled the team have found their shooting boots. "In the World Cup qualifiers we didn't do as well as we hoped and didn't score until the last match," said the Northern Ireland captain.

"We went into this campaign wanting to score more and we've done that. We've got some good results and our overall performance has improved.

"It was important to create chances and now we look like we can score. Beating Georgia 4-0 at Solitude was a highlight and it was great to perform like that in front of a good crowd. We trust one another and are more confident, in defence and attack."

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