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Ministers congratulate Northern Ireland women’s football team

First Minister, Michelle O'Neill (left) with deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly and Irish Football Association President, Conrad Kirkwood at Windsor Park before the start of the senior women's match this evening.

First Minister, Michelle O'Neill (left) with deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly and Irish Football Association President, Conrad Kirkwood at Windsor Park before the start of the senior women's match this evening.


The First Minister and deputy First Minister have congratulated the NI senior women’s team following their UEFA Nations League success against Montenegro tonight.


The 1-1 draw secured a 3-1 aggregate play-off victory to ensure the team retained League B status in the competition.



First Minister, Michelle O’Neill said:


“This is my first time attending a match at Windsor Park and it really was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I believe in the power of sport to unite communities and bring people together from across the political divide, North – South and across these two islands.”


First Minister, Michelle O'Neill and deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly pictured at Windsor Park with some young football fans before the start of the senior women's match.

First Minister, Michelle O'Neill and deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly pictured at Windsor Park with some young football fans before the start of the senior women's match.


“I want to congratulate the senior women’s team on their well-deserved success tonight – they are magnificent role models for young women and girls who aspire to be like them. 


“I also want to thank the IFA and everyone who attended the match for the warm welcome I have received.”



Pictured at the NI Senior Women's team Nations League play-off in the National Stadium at Windsor Park are (left to right): Junior Minister, Aisling Reilly; Irish Football Association (IFA) Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson; First Minister, Michelle O'Neill; deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly; Communities Minister, Gordon Lyons; IFA President, Conrad Kirkwood, and Junior Minister Pam Cameron.

Pictured at the NI Senior Women's team Nations League play-off in the National Stadium at Windsor Park are (left to right): Junior Minister, Aisling Reilly; Irish Football Association (IFA) Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson; First Minister, Michelle O'Neill; deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly; Communities Minister, Gordon Lyons; IFA President, Conrad Kirkwood, and Junior Minister Pam Cameron.


Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly said:


“Congratulations to the team on a great result. It was a fantastic match in front of passionate supporters who created an amazing atmosphere.


“Everyone played with such energy and passion and should be proud of what they have achieved in such a high-stakes game.



“I have no doubt the team’s performance tonight, and their efforts across the tournament, will inspire so many young girls who dream of following in their footsteps.


“The Northern Ireland Women's team have been superb ambassadors and I am immensely proud of their achievements.”

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