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Shiels: Scoreline harsh from ‘learning curve’ Norway humbling

Kenny Shiels stated his Northern Eire aspect would study from a 4-1 defeat to Norway however felt the scoreline was harsh on the Girls’s European Championship debutants.

Making their first look at a serious event, Northern Eire discovered themselves 3-0 down with half an hour performed in opposition to one of many darkish horses for the competitors, however rallied both aspect of half-time and gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Julie Nelson pulled a objective again shortly after the break.

Though Guro Reiten’s free-kick went on to present the match an particularly one-sided scoreline, Shiels stated he was happy with how his staff had responded to a “nervous” opening half-hour to keep away from conceding one other objective in open play within the closing hour of the match.

“You are not blissful if you’re beat 4-1,” he advised BBC Sport. “We had been nervous within the first 25 to half-hour. Graham Hansen and Hegerberg, how good they’re, they’re the 2 greatest strikers on this planet and we drew the final hour of the sport. In the event you take out the penalty kick, we really received it.

“It was onerous to take the top scoreline. I believe we deserve higher than that. Their high quality, we’re three years into this programme and it will take 10 years to get us into the highest 20 in Europe. Ten years to consolidate the coefficient of that degree. If we will proceed to progress then we will do it a bit faster than that.

Norway saw a brave Northern Ireland side 4-1 in the Green and White Army's first ever game at a major tournament
Picture: Norway raced right into a 3-0 lead within the first half hour of the sport at St Mary’s

“We’ve to get actual and perceive it is an rising recreation in Northern Eire. We created a monster as a result of we have been rising too fast.

“Groups of this ilk, it is powerful however we matched them within the final hour. That they had extra territorially however in that final hour we obtained 1-1. I felt we did a whole lot of good things, there was creativity, we obtained in behind them down the edges.

“For half an hour, we have pinned them again, that offers us encouragement, The ladies had been excellent, as a gaggle they’ve all the things for the nation. The followers must be happy with them.

“It is studying on a regular basis, we began to imagine a little bit bit extra as the sport matured. Expertise is good for them, particularly the youthful ones. Caitlin McGuiness and Emily Wilson approaching, they’re all beneath 21s. What a studying curve for the 5 youthful U21s. They’ll assist the expansion of the sport.”

Goalscorer Nelson: ‘Unimaginable’ to make historical past

Julie Nelson nodded in Northern Ireland's first ever goal at a major tournament
Picture: Julie Nelson nodded in Northern Eire’s first objective at a serious event

Julie Nelson not solely turned Northern Eire’s first goalscorer at a serious finals but in addition the oldest in Girls’s European Championship historical past, nodding house on the age of 37 years and 33 days to present the Inexperienced and White Military one thing to have a good time inside St Mary’s on a day the place they had been decided to not let their spirits be dampened.

The Crusaders Strikers centre-back and her defensive colleagues discovered life troublesome up in opposition to Norway’s effervescent entrance three early on, however improved to stifle them in open play and keep away from a busier evening for goalkeeper Jackie Burns than had appeared probably at first.

She stated: “We knew it could be a troublesome match. We had been a bit nervous first quarter-hour and concede a few targets and stepped up after that and gave our greatest.

“I believe we restricted them to not many possibilities within the second half. We constructed on the power we had after conceding, that is what we would have liked to do.

“Completely unbelievable [to score]. I did not suppose I used to be getting on the scoresheet. It has been a few years since I scored!”

What’s subsequent?

Norway and Northern Eire are again in motion on Monday. Norway will face England on the Amex Stadium (kick-off 8pm) whereas Northern Eire tackle Austria at St Mary’s (kick-off 5pm).

Group A will conclude on Friday July 15. Northern Eire will face event hosts England in Southampton with Norway {playing} Austria on the Amex Stadium. Each video games will kick off at 8pm.

Observe Euro 2022 throughout Sky Sports activities

Sustain with all the newest from Euro 2022 throughout Sky Sports activities and Sky Sports activities Information this summer time.

Protection can be anchored by Sky Sports activities WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. In the meantime, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give evaluation all through the event.

They will even be joined by skilled England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester Metropolis defender Esme Morgan.

The pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports activities Girls’s Euro 2022 Cellular Presentation Bus, which is able to comply with the Sky Sports activities Information staff across the nation to the assorted stadiums the place matches are being performed.

As well as, Sky Sports activities’ Important Soccer Podcast can be rebranded for the event to Sky Sports activities Girls’s Euros Podcast from 21 June. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it can function unique information and participant interviews along with a powerful programme line up across the event.

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