Women's Euro 2017 Group Six qualifier: Northern Ireland 0-3 Italy

Northern Ireland's Kerry Montgomery battles with Italy's Sara Gama at Mourneview Park
Italy defeated Northern Ireland 3-1 earlier in Group Six

Northern Ireland's women suffered a fourth defeat in their Euro 2017 campaign as Italy won 3-0 at Mourneview Park to stay on course for the finals.

Cristiani Girelli's goal in first-half injury-time gave Italy a deserved lead with Melania Gabbiadini's 76th-minute strike doubling their advantage.

Girelli hit Italy's third in injury-time to complete a straightforward win.

NI keeper Emma Higgins made a number of fine saves while Girelli also struck the woodwork.

The Irish remain fourth in Group Six with qualification out of reach as Italy edge closer to a place in the Netherlands next year.

Group leaders Switzerland are already through as they cannot be caught after winning their opening seven games.

The Swiss host Northern Ireland in Biel in the final round of qualifiers on Tuesday evening.

Italy, managed by 1982 World Cup winner Antonio Cabrini, have guaranteed second place and victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday will ensure their qualification as one of the six-best group runners-up.

Italy dominate at Mourneview Park

Home keeper Higgins was kept busy in the first half as she saved a Barbara Bonansea effort superbly and also denied Alice Parisi and Gabbiadini.

However Higgins was beaten right on the stroke of half-time as Girelli put the Italians ahead after being set up by Gabbiadini.

Italy were even more dominant in the second period, forcing a series of corners, with Higgins denying Daniela Stracchi and Girelli hitting the frame of the goal.

The inevitable second goal came on 76 minutes as Bonansea set up Gabbiadini to score and Girelli added the third in added time.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 16th September 2016

As It Stood


1Iceland Women77003303321
2Scotland Women76012862218
3Slovenia Women7304211749
4Belarus Women7205820-126
5Macedonia Women8008451-470


1Spain Women77003423221
2Finland Women74121771013
3Portugal Women73131411310
4R. of Ireland Wom7304171349
5Montenegro Women8008251-490


1France Women77002102121
2Romania Women7412138513
3Ukraine Women84131412213
4Greece Women7205915-66
5Albania Women7007325-220


1Sweden Women77002212121
2Denmark Women75112011916
3Slovakia Women83051113-29
4Poland Women7214616-107
5Moldova Women7007129-280


1Germany Women77003403421
2Russia Women732299011
3Hungary Women7223819-118
4Croatia Women7214810-27
5Turkey Women8116324-214


1Switzerland Women77003032721
2Italy Women75022371615
3Czech Rep Wom63031114-39
4N Ireland Wom6204917-86
5Georgia Women8008234-320


1England Women76103012919
2Belgium Women75202732417
3Bos-Herze Wom7304613-79
4Serbia Women7214619-137
5Estonia Women8008033-330


1Norway Women76102422219
2Austria Women75111841416
3Wales Women73131311210
4Kazakhstan Women8116230-284
5Israel Women7025212-102
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