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Women's World Cup Group C qualifier: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland

Lisa Marie Utland of Norway in action against Northern Ireland's Kerry Montgomery
Lisa Marie Utland of Norway in action against Northern Ireland's Kerry Montgomery

Northern Ireland's women were beaten 4-1 by Norway in their opening World Cup qualifier in Fredrikstad.

The 1995 world champions dominated as Northern Ireland keeper Lauren Perry made several fine saves.

Guro Reiten put Norway ahead on 15 minutes before Caroline Graham Hansen doubled the lead with a penalty.

Lisa-Marie Utland made it 3-0 after the break and, although Caragh Milligan replied with one minute left, Reiten scored her second in stoppage time.

Hansen and Kristine Minde also hit the woodwork as Norway, 14th in the world rankings, enjoyed 79% possession.

Northern Ireland's only first-half chance of note came shortly before Norway's second goal as Rachel Furness was denied by keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth.

Hansen doubled Norway's lead from the spot in first-half stoppage time after Milligan brought down Minde.

Alfie Wylie's Northern Ireland, ranked 60th in the world, face the 33rd-ranked Republic of Ireland at Mourneview Park in Lurgan on Tuesday.

European champions the Netherlands and Slovakia are also in Group C, with only the winners guaranteed qualification for the 2019 World Cup in France.

Line-ups

Norway Women

  • 1Hjelmseth
  • 2WoldSubstituted forTomterat 84'minutes
  • 4Pettersen Reinas
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 17Minde
  • 6Mjelde
  • 11SpordSubstituted forMaanumat 73'minutes
  • 10Graham Hansen
  • 13Reiten
  • 20HaaviSubstituted forThorsnesat 59'minutes
  • 21Karlseng Utland

Substitutes

  • 5Tomter
  • 7Leine
  • 9Thorsnes
  • 12Fiskerstrand
  • 14Hansen
  • 18Maanum
  • 22Sonstevold

N Ireland Wom

  • 1Perry
  • 2Newborough
  • 6Hutton
  • 5Nelson
  • 3Foy
  • 4Montgomery
  • 11SherwoodSubstituted forRaffertyat 82'minutes
  • 7Milligan
  • 8Callaghan
  • 13HyndmanSubstituted forKellyat 20'minutes
  • 10Furness

Substitutes

  • 12Callaghan
  • 14Rafferty
  • 15Lindsay
  • 17Carleton
  • 18Brennan
  • 19Kelly
  • 20McCarron
Referee:
Olga Zadinová
Attendance:
630

Match Stats

Home TeamNorway WomenAway TeamN Ireland Wom
Possession
Home79%
Away21%
Shots
Home35
Away5
Shots on Target
Home13
Away3
Corners
Home15
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 15th September 2017

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze Wom00000000
2England Women00000000
3Kazakhstan Women00000000
4Russia Women00000000
5Wales Women00000000

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland Women11004133
2Switzerland Women11004133
3Scotland Women00000000
4Albania Women100114-30
5Belarus Women100114-30

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway Women11004133
2Netherlands Women00000000
3R. of Ireland Wom00000000
4Slovakia Women00000000
5N Ireland Wom100114-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia Women10101101
2Ukraine Women10101101
3Denmark Women00000000
4Hungary Women00000000
5Sweden Women00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep Wom11008083
2Germany Women00000000
3Iceland Women00000000
4Slovenia Women00000000
5Faroe Islands Women100108-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy Women11005053
2Belgium Women00000000
3Portugal Women00000000
4Romania Women00000000
5Moldova Women100105-50

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria Women00000000
2Finland Women00000000
3Israel Women00000000
4Serbia Women00000000
5Spain Women00000000
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