UK news Gareth Hanna: Rachel Furness and Northern Ireland's very own mentality monsters proved their prowess on biggest night with Women's Euro 2022 play-off on the line last news
MetiNews.Com - Before kick-off on what was the biggest night in Northern Ireland women's footballing history, the team gathered arm in arm.
Breaking News ! "Before kick-off on what was the biggest night in Northern Ireland women's footballing history, the team gathered arm in arm. Liverpool star Rachel Furness could be seen rallying her troops before the battle - leading the huddle with some final, impassioned instructions. As soon as the first whistle blew, they flew at their unwitting opposition.Furness is a star turn round Anfield way these days, having been named Liverpool's Player of the Month for both September and October after a stunning start to their Women's Super League 2 season.She's bound to have been influenced by the buzzwords round the club; Mentality Monsters. It's the tag attached to the men's first time by their charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp.With Furness at the heart, Northern Ireland boss Kenny Shiels could say exactly the same thing about his girls tonight.When the pressure was on and the trials were thrown at them, they answered each one with even louder defiance than before.It had seemed like they might breeze past Belarus when Kirsty McGuinness tucked home a second minute opener. They had shocked their host with that fast-paced, high-pressing start. The size of the prize on offer was clear in their energy. They weren't going to let this slip.Then came the first set-back to overcome. An originally-awarded goal for Furness was chalked off, followed by a crushing equaliser to level the scores at the break.It had knocked the stuffing from Kenny Shiels' girls.
. But not this one. Not tonight.Perhaps they were reminded of the run they'd been on - gaining vital victories away in the Faroes and Belarus to set up this home double-header - or of the magnitude of the night itself.Whatever was said in the Seaview dressing room, Northern Ireland proved exactly what they're made of throughout a thrilling second half. The high press, the drive, the heart was back in abundance, all led by the outstanding Furness.Her ice-cool penalty restored the lead and even when Belarus levelled against the run of play, it only ever felt like a bump in the road.The intensity of the performance gave the impression of inevitability.They weren't going to let this opportunity go. Not our Mentality Monsters.From Julie Nelson in defence, through captain Marissa Callaghan in midfield, the platform had been built for the free-flowing front four - Furness, McGuinness, Lauren Wade and Emily Wilson - to show what they could do.And they all put in a performance befitting the biggest night in Northern Ireland women's footballing history.But, if they can match it on Tuesday, then the magnitude of even this victory will be far surpassed.A win over the Faroes - and any other result would be a shock - will rubber-stamp an historic spot in the Women's Euro 2022 play-offs. After these last three games, I have no doubt these girls will get the job done."
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