N Ireland women beaten by Iceland in European qualifier

Rachel Furness and Ol'na Vioarsdottir
Rachel Furness battles with Ol'na Vioarsdottir at the Oval

Northern Ireland's women's team suffered a 2-0 home defeat by Iceland in Wednesday's European Championship qualifier at the Oval.

The Northern Irish went into the game with high hopes after beating Bulgaria 1-0 on Saturday.

Alfie Wylie's side dominated possession early on but were then hit by two goals late in the first half.

Holmfridur Magnusdottir hit the first after a goal mouth scramble and Dagny Brynjarsdottir headed the second.

Linfield Ladies' Kirsty McGuinness had Northern Ireland's best first-half chance but shot straight at the keeper in the 29th minute.

Iceland dominated the second half but the home side battled well to keep the score down against a team that are ranked in the world's top 15.

Wylie's team are 64th in the world rankings.

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