NI women suffer late defeat by Hungary in Euro 2013 qualifier

Northern Ireland's women suffered a major setback in their hopes of making the Euro 2013 finals as they went down 1-0 to Hungary at Mourneview Park.

The Hungarians scored the winner through a Fanny Vago penalty in the second minute of added time after Ashley Hutton fouled Sosia Siaracz.

Sarah McFadden, Jessica Stephens and captain Hutton had first-half chances.

Kimberley Turner and Simone Magill went close in the second period, before that late winner for the Hungarians.

Northern Ireland had the better of the first half and their best chance fell to Hutton, whose header came off the upright.

Simone Magill hit the woodwork in the 52nd minute and Turner had a shot from inside the area smothered by the visiting goalkeeper.

Alfie Wylie's team had been 2-0 ahead in their game in Hungary in November, before having to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The undoubted highlight of the campaign so far was an historic 3-1 victory over Norway and Alfie Wylie's girls still face a testing away trip against the Norwegians.

Northern Ireland remain third in the table, three points behind Belgium, but have a game in hand on the leaders.

The finals will be staged in Sweden in July 2013.

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