A female team of McDonald’s staff from Northern Ireland managed to go a couple of stages further than Michael O’Neill ’s men when they reached the final of the McDonald’s 2016 Euro Cup.
The pan-European 6-a-side competition for staff, saw the Coleraine girls compete against teams from the likes of England, France, Denmark and Italy.
The team qualified for the tournament in Nice, France after winning the UK McDonald’s Cup tournament which saw a record number of entries this year with over 650 teams and 5500 UK staff players taking part.
McDonald’s Coleraine Business Manager Jennie Holmes, a former player on the team explained; “Every year McDonald’s hold a national tournament and every second year when there is a World Cup or European Cup then the winning team gets to go.
“The last three years we were runners-up, once at Wembley and twice at Hampden Park and this year the girls went one better and made it to France.”
“Some of the teams like England had elite players on their side and our girls played all their matches back to back when others had breaks of over 40 minutes which makes the fact they reached the final even more impressive. Unfortunately they were beaten 2-0 in the final by Denmark but they played out of their skin doing all of us proud.