Northern Ireland v Austria LIVE: Shiels’ team eye win but ace suffers ACL injury

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Northern Ireland take on Austria tonight in their second group game of the 2022 European Women’s Football Championship.

Kenny Shiels’ side are the underdogs in the tournament and lost their opening tie 4-1 to Norway last week.

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Sheils’ Northern Ireland take on Austria this afternoon

Meanwhile, Austria lost to England in their first Group A tie so the loser this evening will likely be out of the Euros.

Northern Ireland, who are ranked 47th in the world and only became full-time in January, looked much better after the break against Norway.

And Shiels will hope to see more from his side against the Austrians.

Northern Ireland v Austria: Live commentary

This Group A tie will take place on Monday, July 11.

talkSPORT 2 will have live coverage of the game at Southampton’s St. Mary’s Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 5pm.

Shebahn Aherne will be your presenter while commentary will come from Joe Shennan and former Leeds striker Lucy Ward.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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Austria lost to England in their Group A opener

Austria lost to England in their Group A opener


Northern Ireland v Austria: Team news

Northern Ireland’s full 23-player squad

  • Goalkeepers: Jackie Burns (BK Hacken), Becky Flaherty (Brighouse Town), Shannon Turner (Wolverhampton Wanderers Women)
  • Defenders: Kelsie Burrows (Cliftonville Ladies), Rebecca Holloway (Racing Louisville), Ashley Hutton (Linfield Ladies), Abbie Magee (Cliftonville Ladies), Sarah McFadden (Durham Women), Rebecca McKenna (Lewes Women), Julie Nelson (Crusaders Strikers), Laura Rafferty (Southampton Women), Demi Vance (Rangers Women)
  • Midfielders: Nadene Caldwell (Glentoran Women), Joely Andrews (Glentoran Women), Chloe McCarron (Glentoran Women), Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville Ladies), Louise McDaniel (Cliftonville Ladies), Rachel Furness (Liverpool Women)
  • Forwards: Simone Magill (unattached), Caitlin McGuinness (Cliftonville Ladies), Kirsty McGuinness (Cliftonville Ladies), Lauren Wade (Glentoran Women), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers)
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Northern Ireland v Austria: What has been said?

Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan insists her side will play their clash against Austria for injured striker Simone Magill.

Magill sustained an ACL injury during the opening game but Callaghan believes that blow will serve as an added incentive to the rest of the side as they look to bounce back.

“The girls have been heartbroken for Simone,” the skipper said.

“She’s a really important player for us and, not only that, she’s a close friend.

“We always speak about this family unit we have and there were a lot of tears for her but it’s a massive incentive for us to go out and get a result for her.

“Tomorrow night it will be for Simone.

“It’s an incredible thing to be here at a major tournament and the big thing for us is that we won’t be as nervous (against Austria).

“That’s all out of the way and this is the second game against a team that we’re really familiar with.

“We’ve played Austria twice in the last eight months (in World Cup qualifying), so we’ll go out and hopefully we’ll enjoy the game and hopefully get a result.

“I thought Austria were brilliant against England. They set up really well and gave England a really good game. They are a top side.”

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