Women's World Cup Qualifying
N Ireland Wom0Norway Women3

Northern Ireland Women 0-3 Norway Women

Celebrations for Norway as they secured all three points against Northern Ireland in Portadown
Celebrations for Norway as they secured all three points against Northern Ireland in Portadown

Northern Ireland went down to a fourth defeat in five Women's World Cup qualifiers after losing out to Norway at Shamrock Park in Portadown.

Norway bossed possession but failed to penetrate the home defence as Julie Nelson went close for the hosts.

The deserved breakthrough came on the hour when the outstanding Caroline Graham Hansen slotted in.

Superb late strikes from Caroline Graham Hansen and Isabell Herlovsen sealed the Group C victory for Norway.

Northern Ireland were aiming to bounce back from Friday's 7-0 hammering by group leaders Netherlands and they made a solid start.

Norway gradually seized control but a resolute defensive display kept out the visitors with keeper Lauren Perry making a fine save to deny the dangerous Graham Hansen.

The hosts rarely threatened but they squandered a good chance on 31 minutes when Nelson pushed her shot wide from a corner.

Herlovsen netted 10 minutes after the restart but it was ruled out for offside although the opener finally arrived five minutes later.

Guro Reiten's through-ball put Graham Hansen clear and the forward slipped the ball beyond the advancing Perry and into the net.

Hensen completed her double with an outstanding finish on 85 minutes, swivelling on the edge of the area to send a dipping volley in off the crossbar.

Herlovsen also showed a touch of class for the third in added time with a neat cut inside before curling the ball off the bar and into the net.

Norway, who beat Alfie Wylie's 4-1 in their first group meeting, lie third in the standings and six points clear of fourth-placed Northern Ireland.

Line-ups

N Ireland Wom

  • 1Perry
  • 14Simpson
  • 6Hutton
  • 5Nelson
  • 3Foy
  • 16HoldawaySubstituted forBellat 84'minutes
  • 8Callaghan
  • 10McFaddenBooked at 28minsSubstituted forSherwoodat 60'minutes
  • 9Furness
  • 20Vance
  • 11McGuinnessSubstituted forSmythat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Newborough
  • 4Rafferty
  • 7Sherwood
  • 12Mckenna
  • 13Smyth
  • 17Bell
  • 19McPartlan

Norway Women

  • 1Hjelmseth
  • 2Wold
  • 6Mjelde
  • 3ThorisdottirSubstituted forLeineat 88'minutes
  • 17Minde
  • 10HansenSubstituted forHaaviat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Maanum
  • 14Engen
  • 16Reiten
  • 9Herlovsen
  • 7ThorsnesSubstituted forUtlandat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ryland
  • 8Risa
  • 11Utland
  • 12Fiskerstrand
  • 13Gausdal
  • 15Leine
  • 20Haavi
Referee:
Lina Lehtovaara
Attendance:
504

Match Stats

Home TeamN Ireland WomAway TeamNorway Women
Possession
Home18%
Away82%
Shots
Home2
Away20
Shots on Target
Home0
Away9
Corners
Home1
Away21
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 10th April 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England Women54101701713
2Wales Women532030311
3Russia Women42119727
4Bos-Herze Wom5104313-103
5Kazakhstan Women5005012-120

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland Women55001531215
2Scotland Women430110289
3Poland Women521210827
4Albania Women7115520-154
5Belarus Women5104310-73

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands Women54101501513
2R. of Ireland Wom531163310
3Norway Women4301133109
4N Ireland Wom5104417-133
5Slovakia Women5005318-150

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden Women44001411312
2Denmark Women430111479
3Ukraine Women42115237
4Hungary Women6114719-124
5Croatia Women6024415-112

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women65012832515
2Iceland Women54101931613
3Czech Rep Wom521213677
4Slovenia Women5104516-113
5Faroe Islands Women5005037-370

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy Women66001521318
2Belgium Women53111851310
3Portugal Women41129364
4Romania Women511358-34
5Moldova Women6015231-291

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain Women55001511415
2Austria Women52127617
3Finland Women42115237
4Serbia Women621358-37
5Israel Women6015015-151
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