Larne’s Julie Nelson will face French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the last eight of the Women’s Champions League, writes John Gorrod.
Nelson is an integral part of the Glasgow City squad which became the first-ever Scottish side to reach the quarter-final stages. But to synchronise with the men’s competition, they won’t play the tie until March.
It’s been a memorable year for Nelson who recently won the Scottish Cup to capture a third successive domestic treble for City.
In contrast, the club has found European progress far from straightforward. Against Polish outfit Medyk Konin, they went into the second leg 2-0 down.
Nelson said: “We didn’t play to our potential out there so we knew that we’d have to score three to win the tie. We hadn’t scored by half time but everybody was calm. We got two and scored quite early in extra-time.”
The last-16 tie against FC Zurich proved to be even more dramatic. City lost 2-1 away and a yellow card ruled Nelson out of the home clash. “It was actually more nerve-wrecking watching,” she admitted. With the Swiss leading 4-3 on aggregate with 23 minutes to go, City had to score twice. “We never gave up,” added Nelson. “Thankfully we found the strength and got the two goals.”