Record crowd feel pain against Spain
All that was missing was a winning start for Northern Ireland as the Uefa U19 European Women's Football Championship kicked off in Belfast last night.
Coach Alfie Wylie hailed the efforts of his Northern Ireland team, ranked 60 in the world, as they lost 2-0 to No13 ranked Spain in front of a 4,289 Windsor Park crowd, a record for women's football here.
"Spain must have come here thinking we are amateur league compared to them but we really put it to them," Wylie said.
"The girls gave everything they had against one of the best sides in the world. I had been at the previous record, a crowd of 2,600 when the senior women played England, so knowing there were that many people last night is just incredible.
"The girls deserve that kind of support, they have worked so hard and I think they gave everyone something to cheer about here."