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Magill's quickfire strike breaks international record

Northern Ireland 4-0 Georgia

Record-breaker: Simone Magill celebrates her goal after 11 seconds
Record-breaker: Simone Magill celebrates her goal after 11 seconds

By Stuart McKinley

Simone Magill wrote herself into Northern Ireland football history with a record-breaking goal that set the tone for a comprehensive 4-0 European Championship victory over Georgia.

After netting a stunning strike against Italy in the last international, the Everton Ladies forward scored after just 11 seconds to give Northern Ireland a dream start.

Magill’s finish is now the fastest goal ever scored by a Northern Ireland player in an international of any kind.

Marissa Callaghan marked her first competitive appearance as captain with a first-half double and Rachel Furness added to her tally in a green shirt when she score the fourth in injury time.

Northern Ireland attacked straight from the kick-off. The ball was sent out wide to Avilla Bergin from the start and Magill was on the end of her cross to fire it into the net and stun the Georgians.

Cliftonville midfielder Callaghan, leading the team on her home patch, doubled the lead in fine style 20 minutes later. Picking up the ball just outside the box after being supplied by Sarah McFadden, she cracked a shot that flew straight into the top corner, leaving the Georgia goalkeeper with no chance.

The 30-year-old stretched Northern Ireland’s lead five minutes before the break, this time with a low drive into the into the bottom corner of the net, just a minute after she had missed another great opportunity.

Northern Ireland survived a scare early in the second half when a mix-up in the defence gave Teona Bakradze a chance, but after lobbing her effort over   goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns Julie Nelson was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

 Seventeen-year-old Emma McMaster replaced Callaghan for the final few minutes, but she was still able to make an impact in injury time.

Furness, who had seen an effort come back off a post 20 minutes earlier, was set up by McMaster and the Sunderland Ladies striker coolly finished to make it 4-0.

Northern Ireland: Burns, Lindsay, Foy, Hutton, Nelson, McFadden, Bergin, Callaghan (McMaster 90 mins), Magill (Sherwood 81 mins), Furness, McGuiness (Wade 78 mins) Subs: Adams, Kelly, Rafferty, Newborough.

Georgia: Nadirashvili, Kvelidze, Chkhartishvili, Kochlamazashvili, Bakradze, Cheminava, Tchkonia, Gabelia, Danelia (Pasikashvili 81 mins), Tatuashvili, Sutidze. Subs: Sukhashvili, Sturua, Zakaidze, Kvaliashvili, Tevdoradze, Basiladze.

Referee: Viola Raudzina (Latvia)

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