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Match report: Northern Ireland miss out on World Cup qualifier

August 15, 2017 in Blogs, Match report, News, Under-19s

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Match report: Northern Ireland miss out on World Cup qualifier

Northern Ireland missed out on a World Cup qualifier with England after falling to a 6-0 defeat to Germany on Monday evening if Northern Ireland had bettered Scotland’s goal difference they would have set up the historical tie.

Germany took the lead inside five minutes as Lauren Perry made a fine save to deny Kristin Kogel the ball rebounding out to Klara Buhl and she made no mistake in tucking the ball into the net.

Germany could have gone two ahead on 13 minutes as Dina Orschmann turned in the Northern Ireland penalty area before her low strike was well blocked by the recovering Megan Reilly. Read the rest of this entry →

Match report: England crash out of U19 Euros

August 15, 2017 in Blogs, Match report, News, Under-19s

Match report: England crash out of U19 Euros

Match report: England crash out of U19 Euros

England’s Uefa Euro under 19 championship tournament ended after a 1-0 defeat to France at the Ballymena showgrounds thanks to a late Lina Boussaha goal.

France had the first chance of note on 13 minutes as Sarah Galera slammed her free-kick of the wall after Chloe Peplow had brought down Sana Daoudi.

England goalkeeper then had to be alert on 17 minutes as Mathilde Bourdieu hit a powerful low shot from the edge of the area before Sandy Maclver got down low to hold her powerful effort. Read the rest of this entry →

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by Gina

“There’s not enough interest in women’s football…” They said

August 8, 2017 in Blogs, EURO 2017, Euro2017, News

Netherlands celebrate UEFA Women's Euro 2017

“There’s not enough interest in women’s football…” They said

How proud am I to write about an historic European Women’s Championship, both on and off the pitch, with record stadium crowds, millions more TV viewers and a nation that is truly celebrating in style.

I have lost count the amount of times I have had to listen to the words “There is just not enough interest in women’s football” – and I would work tirelessly to highlight that there is in face a HUGE global demand for women’s football, if only the constant barriers that surround are sport be removed, if only our sport was made more available to watch on a regular basis and you will see that the result will be exactly what we have witnessed in the Netherlands and more… Read the rest of this entry →

Match report: Austria create history

July 31, 2017 in Blogs, EURO 2017, Euro2017, News

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Match report: Austria create history

Austria reached the semi finals of their first ever major tournament after a 5-3 penalty shootout success against Spain on Sunday evening.

Spain were lucky to quality for the quarter final after they lost 1-0 to Scotland on Wednesday.

However it was the Spanish who started the better as Vicky Losada saw her strike from point blank range well saved by Manuela Zinsberger in the Austria goal as she spread herself to keep the effort out with her leg. Read the rest of this entry →

Match report: Denmark shock Germans

July 30, 2017 in Blogs, EURO 2017, Euro2017, News

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Match report: Denmark shock Germans

Denmark shocked the football world on Sunday morning as they knocked consecutive seven times European champions Germany out of Euro 2017 with a 2-1 win in Rotterdam.

The rearranged game called off originally last night due to a waterlogged pitch got off to a lively start as Steffi Jones Germany side took the lead after only three minutes when Isabel Kerschowski took advantage of a poor goalkeeping mistake by Stina Petersen to fire the ball high into the net. Read the rest of this entry →

Match report: Netherlands advance into the semi-finals

July 30, 2017 in Blogs, EURO 2017, Euro2017, News

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Match report: Netherlands advance into the semi-finals

Host nation Netherlands advanced to the semi-finals of the Uefa Euro 2017 championship with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday.

After what proved to be a slow start it was the Dutch who created the first opening as Sherida Spitse lashed a fierce right footed freekick just over the top of Hedvig Lindahl’s crossbar from twenty-five yards out.

New Arsenal signing Vivianne Miedema who is having a very good tournament thought she had put her side into the lead after her shot was well blocked by Nilla Fischer at the last attempt. Read the rest of this entry →

Match report: Linfield Crowned League Cup Champions

July 28, 2017 in Blogs, Match report, News

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Match report: Linfield Crowned League Cup Champions

Linfield were crowned Women’s premiership league cup champions as a Thunder storm hit Solitude on Wednesday night.

Newry created the first chance inside the opening minute as Celine Curtis hit a low effort just wide of Lauren Perry’s right-hand post.

Linfield took the lead inside six minutes as Kirsty McGuiness hit a low freekick from a central position as she lashed it through a crowd of players beating Dheboara Barbosa. Read the rest of this entry →

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by Izzy

Women’s football in South America

July 24, 2017 in Blogs, News

Women's football in South America

Women’s football in South America

When people think about women’s football in South America, the first thoughts that come to their minds are Brazil’s women national team and names such as Formiga, Marta and Cristiane.

It is true that since the beginning of its trajectory, the Brazilian women’s football has dominated South America and has been its main representative in the international tournaments. Of the seven editions already held of the Copa America, Brazil was champion of almost all the editions, except in 2006, when it was runner-up against Argentina. Furthermore, the Brazilian women’s team participated in all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the tournament was created and was runner-up in the 2007 edition. Already in the Olympic Games, Brazil won Silver Medal in 2004 and 2008 editions. Read the rest of this entry →

Match report: England make it two from two

July 24, 2017 in Blogs, EURO 2017, Euro2017, News

Match report: England make it two from two

Match report: England make it two from two

Goals from Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor saw England win 2-0 against Spain in what was a fantastic match in Breda.

The game started in a frantic fashion with Spain close to taking the lead inside one minute as on an extremely greasy pitch as Steph Houghton slipped the ball feel to Vicky Losada and she fired her shot wide. Read the rest of this entry →

Match report: Switzerland knock Iceland out of Euro 2017

July 24, 2017 in Blogs, EURO 2017, Euro2017, News

Match report: Switzerland knock Iceland out of Euro 2017

Match report: Switzerland knock Iceland out of Euro 2017

Iceland’s Euro 2017 adventure came to an end on Saturday after they lost 2-1 to Switzerland in Group C.

The game got underway with Switzerland and it was they who came close inside 8 minutes as Vanessa Bernauer rattled her shot just wide from outside the box.

Bernauer was involved in the next move for the Swiss as she was played in by Lia Walti but she was denied a shot by a last-ditch tackle by Dagný Brynjarsdóttir. Read the rest of this entry →