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Womens Premiership


24 Oct 2021

A large contingent from the Danske Bank Women's Premiership played their part for Northern Ireland in Saturday's Women's World Cup qualifying clash with England at Wembley.

They may have eventually lost to four quick fire second half goals but Kenny Shiels' side won many admirers for a determined performance that held their illustrious hosts for over an hour in front of a 23,000-strong crowd.

Six locally based players started the game under the arch with Julie Nelson (Crusaders) and Chloe McCarron (Glentoran) getting a full 90 minutes on the big stage.

Cliftonville's Marissa Callaghan played 81 minutes before being replaced by Crues striker Emily Wilson whilst her Solitude team-mate, Kelsie Burrows, was substituted after 73 minutes by Ciara Watling.

Glentoran duo Lauren Wade and Caragh Hamilton were also named amongst the starting XI, and were replaced deep into the second half by Kerry Beattie (Glentoran) and Cliftonville's Kirsty McGuinness respectively.

Louise McDaniel (Cliftonville) also got time on the hallowed Wembley turf as a 74th minute substitute for Rachel Furness.

Crusaders duo Maddy Harvey-Clifford and Rachel McLaren plus Glentoran pair Nadene Caldwell and Joely Andrews were all unused subs.