Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Wylie feels proud after Northern Ireland women's gutsy display

Alfie Wylie praised the battling qualities of his Northern Ireland women's team after they put up a brave performance against a Sweden team ranked third in Europe and fifth in the world.

Northern Ireland lost 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier at Shamrock Park, but the scoreline took a more one-sided look when Sweden doubled their goal tally in the final six minutes.

It could have been much worse after the Swedes scored a penalty after six minutes and then added a second on 18 minutes, but for the next 65 minutes there was little to separate the teams, with Rachel Furness, Marissa Callaghan and Aimee Mackin all having chances to score.

"I am very proud of the girls, they have done Northern Ireland women's football proud," said Wylie.

"They worked their way back into game after going 2-0 down and the second half performance was tremendous.

"We took the game to them, had a number of shots on goal and there were some really exciting performances.

"Aimee Mackin up front, a 16-year-old child, terrorised a world class defence. Rachel Furness, who was a big doubt, worked so hard."

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