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Women's World Cup qualifier, Group C: Northern Ireland Women 0-1 Slovakia Women

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Watch: Slovakia beat Northern Ireland 1-0 at Shamrock Park

Northern Ireland Women ended their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 home defeat against Slovakia.

A 36th-minute goal from visiting captain Dominika Skorvankova was the difference between the sides at Shamrock Park.

Northern Ireland captain Julie Nelson won her 100th international cap and almost marked it with a remarkable goal from a 30-yard strike.

The defeat means Alfie Wylie's team finish with just one group victory.

Northern Ireland's only win in the eight-game series came in the away match against the Slovaks last November, when they won 3-1.

Skorvankova's goal was the result of neat footwork in the box when she turned Jessica Foy well and found the far corner of the net with a well-hit, early strike across the face of home goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns.

Century girl Nelson comes close

On the night when Nelson became the first Northern Ireland women's international to reach 100 caps, the Crusaders Strikers defender came within inches of equalising with an outstanding second-half strike.

Kerry Montgomery rolled a 74th minute free-kick to the skipper and she unleashed a 30-yard strike which was was tipped on to the post by outstretched visiting keeper Maria Korenciova.

Julie Nelson won her 100th cap for Northern Ireland
Nelson was honoured before kick-off for becoming the first Northern Ireland women's international to reach 100 caps

Thirty-three-year-old Nelson joins Pat Jennings, Aaron Hughes and current men's captain Steve Davis as one of only four players to make 100 appearances for Northern Ireland.

The Slovakian team gave her a guard of honour as she came on to the pitch before the match and she received a number of pre-match messages of congratulations on social media, including a video message from Davis.

Second-half pressure almost pays off

After going into the break a goal down, Northern Ireland pressed hard for an equaliser throughout the second half.

They came close with two efforts inside a minute, the first coming from Marissa Callaghan two minutes before the hour mark.

Caragh Milligan made a fantastic run down the right and her cross found Callaghan at the back post but her low effort was well saved and Simone Magill was unable to latch on to the rebound.

A minute later Millgan went round the keeper but the angle was too narrow and she could only find the side-netting with her effort.

Nelson's free-kick came so close and then in the 91st minute Magill had a chance to snatch a draw but her left-foot shot dragged just wide of the far post, with the final whistle blowing soon after.

The result means Northern Ireland, who lost to the Republic of Ireland 4-0 on Friday, finish second bottom of the group, level on points with bottom-placed Slovakia but ahead on head-to-head goal difference.


N Ireland Wom

  • 1Burns
  • 2SimpsonBooked at 52mins
  • 14Holdaway
  • 5Nelson
  • 3FoyBooked at 69mins
  • 7Milligan
  • 6Montgomery
  • 10McFadden
  • 8CallaghanSubstituted forWadeat 80'minutes
  • 9Magill
  • 16BellSubstituted forMckennaat 87'minutes


  • 4Rafferty
  • 11Wade
  • 12Higgins
  • 13Hyndman
  • 17Mckenna
  • 18McMaster
  • 19Sherwood

Slovakia Women

  • 12KorenciovaBooked at 90mins
  • 14Zdechovanova
  • 7Fischerova
  • 2Harsanyova
  • 19Vojtekova
  • 18Skorvankova
  • 5Biroova
  • 6Susolova
  • 11Hmirova
  • 21SurnovskaBooked at 90minsSubstituted forHavranovaat 90+2'minutes
  • 16Bartovicova


  • 1El-Dahaibiova
  • 3Holla
  • 4Havranova
  • 9Kopcova
  • 13Kosikova
  • 20Liskova
  • 22Kulova
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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 4th September 2018

As It Stood


1England Women87102912822
2Wales Women852173417
3Russia Women84131613313
4Bos-Herze Wom8107319-163
5Kazakhstan Women8107221-193


1Scotland Women87011971221
2Switzerland Women86112151619
3Poland Women83231612411
4Albania Women8116622-164
5Belarus Women8107521-163


1Norway Women87012241821
2Netherlands Women86112222019
3R. of Ireland Wom8413106413
4Slovakia Women8107423-193
5N Ireland Wom8107427-233


1Sweden Women87012222021
2Denmark Women85122281416
3Ukraine Women8413910-113
4Hungary Women8116826-184
5Croatia Women8035520-153


1Germany Women87013833521
2Iceland Women85212261617
3Czech Rep Wom84222081214
4Slovenia Women8206920-116
5Faroe Islands Women8008153-520


1Italy Women87011941521
2Belgium Women86112862219
3Portugal Women83232281411
4Romania Women8125715-85
5Moldova Women8017245-431


1Spain Women88002522324
2Austria Women85121971216
3Finland Women8314913-410
4Serbia Women8215513-87
5Israel Women8017023-231
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