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Monday 22 Nov 2021
NI Player Watch | Simone Magill on target for Everton Women

Northern Ireland striker Simone Magill came off the bench to seal all three points for Everton in Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League contest against bottom-of-the-table Leicester City. 

It was Magill’s second goal in successive matches for the club and she admitted to a touch of déjà vu having scored as a substitute against Manchester United the previous week.  



“I’m delighted,” the 27-year-old told, “You always want to make an impact when you come off the bench, I did that last week and it’s déjà vu, I’ve done it again.

“I put the ball into the back of the net but the work into the goal was a real team effort. I’m just delighted that we managed to get the win today.”

Also on target over the weekend was striker Conor Washington whose fourth goal of the season confirmed Charlton Athletic’s 2-0 win over League One leaders Plymouth Argyle at the Valley. 

Midfielder Matty Lund was on target as Salford City won 2-0 at Harrogate Town in League Two while in Scotland, former international Billy Mckay scored a brace in Inverness Caledonian’s 2-1 victory at Queen of the South. 

Northern Ireland under-21 international Lewis McCann, brother of Preston North End midfielder Ali, bagged his first-ever goals in 47 appearances for Scottish Championship outfit Dunfermline Athletic when he scored twice in the 3-0 home success over Ayr United to lift off the Pars off the foot of the table. 

Elsewhere, another U21 international, Kyle McClelland, was also on the scoresheet when he fired home his first of the season as Rangers B side recorded a comfortable 5-1 win at home to Broomhill in the Lowland League. 

In the Premier League, 18-year-old Conor Bradley was an unused sub for Liverpool in their comprehensive 4-0 win over Arsenal, while Craig Cathcart followed up his impressive display against the Italians last week with another confident performance as Watford put four past Manchester United. 

However, it was a difficult weekend for Jonny Evans whose Leicester City side lost 3-0 at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea and Stuart Dallas was in the Leeds United team which fell to a 2-1 defeat at Spurs a result that leaves Marcelo Bielsa’s two points off the relegation places.  

There was also welcome return for Northern Ireland striker Shayne Lavery, who after six weeks out with a hamstring injury played the final 20 minutes of Blackpool’s draw at Swansea City. 

Midfielder Megan Bell, who has missed the last 18 months with a leg injury, played the opening half of Rangers Women’s narrow 1-0 success over Partick Thistle on Sunday. 

“It’s been a long 18 months for me,” she told RangersTV, “I’m delighted to be back on the pitch especially getting a win.

“It’s been a really long road for me, minutes on the pitch is the most important thing now, a few balls went off my shin and a few touches went all over the place, but I’m just delighted to be back on the pitch.”

Finally, what a few weeks it has been for 16-year-old Omari Kellyman, who after scoring twice for Gerard Lyttle’s under-17 side earlier this month, was drafted into the Derby County squad by manager Wayne Rooney for the Championship clash at home to AFC Bournemouth. 

The Derby manager admitted that Kellyman, who had impressed the former Manchester United and England star in training last week, was close to making his debut in the 3-2 win over the Cherries. 

“I was going to bring him on but at the end,” stated Rooney, “But an injury to Lee (Buchanan) meant I had to bring Craig Forsyth on instead. 

“We are always looking at young players to see how they’re developing and he’s done really well, he deserves his opportunity.”