Dan Ballard celebrates after opening the scoring for Northern Ireland in the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at the  LFF Stadium in Vilnius. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Lithuania 1 Northern Ireland 4 Shayne Lavery and Daniel Ballard scored their first international goals as Northern Ireland breathed life into their W(...)

Linfield’s Bastien Hery and Dundalk’s Chris Shields with United the Union Champions Cup tournament ambassador Pat Jennings at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Chris Shields has described the new cross-Border competition in which Dundalk will face Linfield next month as “a great initiative”, with the midfield(...)

 Stephanie Frappart awards a penalty in the Women’s World Cup final. Photograph: Reuters

Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a major European men’s game when she takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup between Liverpool an(...)

Sweden’s forward Stina Blackstenius is congratulated by team-mates after scoring her side’s second goal in the World Cup quarter-final against Germany at Roazhon Park in Rennes. Photograph:  Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden 2 Germany 1 Sweden pulled off a shock 2-1 victory over Germany in Rennes to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup and a meeting with (...)

Netherlands’ Lineth Beerensteyn celebrates scoring their second goal during the Women’s World Cup Group E game against Canada at Stade Auguste-Delaune in  Reims. Photograph:  Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Netherlands 2 Canada 1 Reigning European champions the Netherlands secured top spot in Group E at the Women’s World Cup, maintaining their 100 per ce(...)

 Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill: ‘As a woman you have far less room for error, but you learn to deal with it, and a lot is about player management.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Who brings a hot-water bottle to France in June? Michelle O’Neill, for one, thanks to her role at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup. As a Fifa-level “(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s  Denise O’Sullivan tries to get away from  Luica Suskova of Slovakia in the recent World Cup qualifier at Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women's World Cup Qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Netherlands, Talaght Stadium, Tuesday, 7pm (Live Eir Sport) Having reached the midway point of the(...)