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Czech mate as Alfie Wylie's Northern Ireland girls unable to double up

Czech Republic 3-0 Northern Ireland

By Stuart McKinley

Northern Ireland were unable to recover from the early setback of conceding a goal after only three minutes as they went down 3-0 to the Czech Republic in a Women's Euro 2017 qualifier.

Just days after beating Georgia 4-0, Alfie Wylie's girls, who were without striker Simone Magill, weren't able to repeat that performance and allowed the Czechs to move three points ahead of them in the Group 6 table.

Lucie Vonkova struck the early goal after being set up by Jana Sedlackova and when Klara Cahynova doubled the Czechs' lead 11 minutes before half-time, Northern Ireland were left with a lot to do in the second-half.

Laura Rafferty, who replaced Magill, was off target with Northern Ireland's best chance early in the second period and defender Eva Bartonova headed home the Czechs' third from a corner on 65 minutes.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Votikova, Sedlackova, Bertholdova, Bartonova, Martinkova, Sedlackova (Jurackova 79 mins), Vonkova (Ringelova 46 mins), Starova (Dlaskova 67 mins), Cahynova, Vystejnova, Chlastakova. Subs: Bednarikova, Ivanicova, Dedinova.

N IRELAND: Burns, Lyndsay (Newborough 85 mins), Foy, Hutton, Nelson, McFadden, Bergin (Sherwood 89 mins), Rafferty, Furness, Callaghan, McGuinness (Wade 69 minis). Subs: Adams, Kelly, Bassett, Nicholas.

Referee: Marte Soro (Norway)

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