Liverpool attacker Rachel Furness has acknowledged that Northern Ireland gave a couple of soft goals away as they were defeated 6-0 by England at St George’s Park this afternoon.
Furness partnered Everton’s Simone Magill in attack for Kenny Shiels’ side for the full 90 minutes against a star-studded Lionesses side but she was helpless from preventing her country from falling to a heavy loss.
Speaking to Northern Ireland’s official media team after the match, Furness said that her side gave some soft goals away, particularly early in the game.
“We made a few mistakes in the first half” said Furness. “We have handed them goals and we know that if you make a mistake against a top side, they are going to punish you.
“Kenny (Shiels) told us to not be afraid to make mistakes and to learn from it.
“We have to continue to try to do the right things and if we can put them mistakes right in the next game, that is the most important thing.”
Prior to the match, the two nations were separated by 43 places in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and Furness and her teammates knew that getting a result against England would be a tall order. She went on to say that the team would be taking the positives from the finer details from the game despite the heavy defeat.
“It was a massive test” said Furness. “We were under no illusions, we knew that England have some of the best players in the world.
“We knew it was going to be difficult today and it was. I just think that we’ve got to take the small positives out of today, we tried to play football at times.
“We’ve got to learn going into the play-off. If we learn two or three things that bodes well for the play-off, then that is the most important thing.”
Northern Ireland are next expected to be in action during the April international window in their play-off for a place in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament finals.