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Alison Nicholl's girls finish their Euro warm-ups with Hungary win

By Staff Reporter

Emma McMaster and Rebecca Bassett scored the goals as Northern Ireland Under-17s got revenge on their Hungarian counterparts.

On Tuesday night, Hungary broke the hearts of the young Northern Ireland girls when an injury-time goal gave them a 2-1 win at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Yesterday, the tables were turned as Alison Nicholl's girls produced an impressive performance in their final preparation game before next month's European Championship qualifiers.

Northern Ireland started the game strongly and could have taken the lead early on when Katie Martin and Stacey Brice both went close.

The deadlock was broken shortly before half-time when Brooke Baine floated a free-kick into the box and McMaster headed home.

Bassett fired home the second early in the second-half, but there was still some fight left in the Hungarians and only the crossbar prevented Barbara Zagonyi from pulling one back, with Lauren Currie in the Northern Ireland goal beaten by the shot.

Next up is a trip to Macedonia where they face the host nation, as well as Bosnia and Italy, hoping to claim a place in o the Elite phase of the European qualifying series.

e THE Northern Ireland under-17 boys lost 1-0 in their friendly in Slovenia.

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