Belfast Telegraph

Hutton is fired up for Italy battle

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland's senior women side plan to make their final home game of the UEFA Women's European Championship 2017 qualifiers one to cherish tonight.

Alfie Wylie's side face a formidable test against Italy at Mourneview Park (7.30pm) but defender Ashley Hutton is confident of a positive result ahead of the conclusion of their campaign with a visit to Switzerland on Tuesday.

"They are obviously a top side and they are going to be good but if we can be disciplined and continue to learn from our mistakes we can go out and get a good result," said Hutton.

"The team are on fire and the commitment level is unbelievable. The whole set-up has become a lot more professional and the Irish FA have been very supportive."

Managed by World Cup winner Antonio Cabrini, Italy defeated Northern Ireland 3-1 in Reggio Emilia in April when Simone Magill netted for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Club NI are taking part in a major tournament in Spain this weekend.

The Under-14s on the Irish FA's elite development programme will be competing in the ARC Madrid Football Cup, which is being staged at Alcobendas in Madrid.

The list of participants includes Spanish giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and other leading European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Sporting Lisbon, as well as teams from around the world.

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