Assembly Ministers Attend NI Senior Women’s Match

Ministers congratulate NI women’s football team on win over Montenegro

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

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.

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 against Montenegro.

“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.

“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.”

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.”