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Thursday 07 Apr 2016
Northern Ireland Women v Czech Republic preview

Northern Ireland midfielder Marissa Callaghan has issued a rallying cry ahead of Friday night's Women European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic at Mourneview Park (7:30pm). Admission is free.

The Cliftonville Ladies star, with 25 caps to her name, is urging the public to get themselves down to Lurgan to urge Alfie Wylie's side on as they resume their campaign against the nation ranked 31st in the world.

"Bring it on, we're up for the challenge! We've got a great squad and we're going forward. We're very positive and we think we'll get a result." she said.

"Come along and support us. We do work so hard off the pitch and we do try our best whenever we're on the pitch as well.

"Just come down and cheer us on. If our fans are behind us it's going to give us the extra drive. It is going to be a tough match and we are going to need that 12th player behind us and that's our fans."

Northern Ireland got their campaign off to a great start back in October with victory over Georgia in Tbilisi before falling to defeat against Switzerland at the end of last year.

However, they warmed up for the next round of qualifiers with a number of excellent performances in the Istria Cup in early March, including victory over tournament hosts Croatia.

Remember, admission is free tomorrow night so why not come along and take a look?

After that, Wylie takes his players off to Reggio Emilia to face the Italy on Tuesday night.

Northern Ireland squad:

Jacqueline Burns (Mid Ulster Ladies), Tiarna McKenna (Cliftonville Ladies)

Defenders: Ashley Hutton (Linfield Ladies), Hayley Crackle (Aston Villa), Julie Nelson (Crusaders Strikers), Laura Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies), Rachel Newborough (Doncaster Belles)

Midfielders: Rachel Furness (Sunderland), Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville Ladies), Ciara Sherwood (Millwall Ladies), Simone Magill (Everton Ladies), Trudi Harbinson (Cliftonville Ladies)

Forwards: Sarah McFadden (Durham City Ladies), Avilla Bergin (Tottenham Hotspur Ladies), Kirsty McGuinness (Linfield Ladies), Jessica Foy (Glentoran Belfast United), Cathy Hyndman (Sion Swifts), Jade Lindsay (Celtic), Lauren Brennan (Sion Swifts)