Simone Magill secures Northern Ireland early advantage in Euro 2022 play-offs

Simone Magill fired Northern Ireland to a 2-1 win in Ukraine in the first leg of their Women’s Euro 2022 play-off.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 7:07 pm

They got off to a dream start with an away goal from Liverpool midfielder Rachel Furness after only five minutes.

But the hosts drew level in the 22nd minute through a header from Daryna Apanaschenko.

Northern Ireland suffered another blow on the half-hour mark when Furness had to go off injured.

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Northern Ireland's Simone Magill celebrates scoring against Ukraine during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 play-off first leg at the Kolos Kovalivka Stadium. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

But they grabbed the winner midway through the second half through Everton’s Magill to take a lead into Tuesday’s second leg.

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