Mayor congratulates NI women on reaching Euros
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Colr. Brian Tierney, has congratulated the Northern Ireland women’s football team on their European Championship play-off success against Ukraine which has seen the team qualify for the first major tournament in their history.
Following a 2-1 victory in the first leg in Kovalivka on Friday, the team ensured they would be part of the Euros finals in England next summer with goals from Marissa Callaghan and Nadene Caldwell in last night’s second leg.
Led by former Derry City manager Kenny Shiels, Mayor Tierney said the team’s achievement would inspire women and girls to chase their own sporting dreams.
“As Mayor I just want to offer my huge congratulations to the NI team on what is a success that simply cannot be underestimated.
“Every one of the players involved have made great sacrifices to reach the top level, and last night they cemented their place in the history books through togetherness, commitment, talent and hard work.
“This is an achievement that I have no doubt will inspire women and girls locally and further afield and show them that anything is possible. It’s amazing that such a large part of the squad play in the NIFL Premiership and are regular visitors to the Brandywell and Melvin with their club teams. Infact, Kirsty McGuinness who started in both legs of the play-off was playing for our own Sion Swifts just last season.
“We are lucky to have dedicated teams and volunteers within our Council area growing women’s football, and women’s sport in general, and milestones like this will help them to drive that progress forward even more.
“My congratulations also to the team’s manager Kenny Shiels who is well-known locally for his time with the Derry City men’s team, leading them to Europe and to League Cup success.
“After a challenging year, last night’s history-making victory has united everyone in celebration and it’s a huge lift for all. A big well done to the team.”