Womens Premiership


04 Sep 2019
© Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com Ashley Hutton

A last-minute equaliser from Linfield defender Ashley Hutton rescued a draw for Northern Ireland against Wales in the Euro 2021 qualification match.

Simone Magill's header had given Kenny Shiels’ side the lead at Rodney Parade but the hosts turned the game on its head and led 2-1 going into the closing minutes, before the dramatic equaliser.

Another Danske Bank Women's Premiership star - Marissa Callaghan of Cliftonville - had struck the crossbar a minute before Hutton’s memorable headed equaliser on her 100th international cap.

Northern Ireland are 27 places behind Wales in the world rankings and had been hurt by their opening 6-0 home defeat against Norway, while the Welsh had beaten the Faroe Islands by the same scoreline.

Those four nations, along with Belarus, make up Group C, while Hutton was one of four Women’s Premiership players to start for Northern Ireland on Tuesday - along with Glentoran duo Emma Higgins and Demi Vance, along with Julie Nelson of Crusaders.

Another former Danske Bank Women's Premiership star, Tyler Toland, scored her first international goal as Republic of Ireland beat Montenegro 2-0.

Toland, 18, joined Manchester City from Sion Swifts this summer.