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Euro 2013 qualification
« on: November 09, 2011, 11:56:54 AM »
Northern Ireland are in Group 3 in the qualification stage for the 2013 European Cup.  Group 3 consists of Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Iceland, Hungary, Belgium and Norway.

Northern Ireland already have three points after beating Bulgaria away 1-0 on October 22, and four days later losing at home to Iceland 2-0.

In the next two matches the team will start at home against Norway on Saturday 19 November, and will then travel to an away match in Hungary on the 23rd.

Northern Ireland's ten home and away qualification matches will be played at intervals, with the last one on September 19 next year.

The Norway match will be played on Saturday at Mourneview Park, Lurgan, kicking off at 19.30.
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Norther Ireland - Norway tonight
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 09:10:42 AM »
Today's match details:
Saturday November 19 at 19.30
Mourneview Park, Lurgan, Northern Ireland.
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Re: Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 10:27:56 AM »
Northern is a team that is improving step by step as seen is last year's Cyprus Cup results :
honorable defeats to South Korea 1-3, Russia 1-2 and Mexico 1-3.
They have a couple of well known player here in England :
Higgins, Parker, Hutton, Caldwell, Furness and McFadden.
We played them in WC qualifiers and it ended up at 6-0 and 4-0.

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Re: Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2011, 06:02:55 AM »
I know they are improving but no at that rate. Shock result with that 3-1 win. Credit to the girls and the coaches who have been working hard for years.
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'Anything possible' for young Northern Ireland
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2011, 05:01:09 AM »
Northern Ireland coach Alfie Wylie believes "exciting times lie ahead" after a week in which his young team stunned two-time European champions Norway and gave themselves a real chance of qualifying for UEFA Women's EURO 2013.

Having returned to top-level qualifying for the 2009 tournament, picking up one point in eight games, Northern Ireland subsequently had a promising FIFA Women's World Cup campaign. However, it was nothing to compare with what happened last Saturday in Lurgan, when they produced arguably the competition's biggest-ever shock with goals from Kirsty McGuinness, Ashley Hutton and Rachel Furness clinching a 3-1 victory over the Norwegians.

Four days later they led by two in Hungary before being pegged back to 2-2 yet still lie third in Group 3 and success in Belgium on 15 February would lift them into a play-off position. Wylie believes "anything is now possible" for a squad that fielded five teenagers against Hungary, starting with three 17-year-olds – Alexandra Hurst, Simone Magill and McGuinness – and midfielder Aoife Lennon, 18.

"I am so proud of the players," said Wylie. "We started this campaign as the lowest seed in the group, but we have made a positive impact with what is a young panel of players. I remember when we were drawn in this pool, people said to me, 'Oh dear, that's a tough one.' "Nobody gave us a chance, but we are still in contention with important games to come".

"I suppose we viewed this campaign as a challenge and I am delighted with the way the girls have met that challenge, particularly the younger players. We have a number of teenagers who have been given an opportunity and they have taken that opportunity with both hands."

The manager has been delighted with the "positive media coverage" his side have received. "The victory over Norway, who are ranked 12th in the world, was a landmark result for us in so many ways," he said.

"It was a big result from a football point of view, but it was also important in terms of media exposure. It has given the girls a public profile and recognition which is healthy for the sport. It has also shown the Irish FA that all the hard work that has gone into women's football in Northern Ireland is paying rich dividends.

"We have healthy structures in place at underage levels in women's football and it is providing a conveyor belt of talent for the senior squad. It is clear to see we are beginning to reap the benefits."

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/news/newsid=1722347.html

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Re: Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2012, 07:21:42 PM »
Northern Ireland are in Norway this week for a return match in European Cup qualification.  In the autumn Norway were the visitors for a match in Lurgan, and they were sent away with a somewhat humiliating 3-1 defeat that raised questions in the Norwegian papers about the management of the national team.

In the spring Norway have improved their squad and some key players are back from injury.  On Saturday they entertained Bulgaria at Sarpsborg Stadium south of Oslo, and won 11-0 after five goals by 23-year-old Isabell Herlovsen, who when she was 19 scored a goal that put China out of the World Cup.

The other player to watch wears #20, Caroline Graham Hansen.  On Saturday the 17-year-old scored 'only' once, but from the right wing she set up another seven of Norway's goals.  Her middle name is from an English great-grandfather, which may or may not endear her to Wednesday's opponents :).  Other names that might be remembered from past campaigns are Trine Rønning with 126 international caps so far, skipper Ingvild Stensland who won the Champions League with Olympique Lyonnaise, and goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth who was in good form at the 2009 European Cup tournament.  All four are teammates at Stabæk, the current Cup holders in Norway.

Wednesday's match is on TV in Norway on TV2's sports channel but to watch on the internet a TV2 subscription is required plus a real or virtual Norwegian internet address.  It is also covered quite quickly on the NFF's web site www.fotball.no and on the Norway thread on this site.  Kick off is at 17.00 UK time.  

Any news about the Northern Ireland team should appear on http://www.niwfa.org
More information on: http://www.irishfa.com/international/item/7399/ni-senior-womens-squad-named/  
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