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NI women will kick off Cup bid on a high after friendly success

Northern Ireland Women 2-0 Kazakhstan Women

Alfie Wylie
Alfie Wylie

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland women's side go into tomorrow's Gold City Cup clash with Romania in high spirits after sealing a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan.

Goals from Kirsty McGuinness and Lauren Wade earned Northern Ireland victory in their opening game of the tournament in Turkey.

It may have been classed as a friendly fixture before a competitive element is introduced, but it was a strong performance from Alfie Wylie's side.

Northern Ireland took the lead after just four minutes when Megan Bell knocked down a Marissa Callaghan cross for McGuinness to poke the ball home from six yards. Moments later it was 2-0 as a defence-splitting pass from Laura Rafferty found Wade, who hit an effort across the keeper into the net.

Northern Ireland next face Romania in Alanya tomorrow in their first Group C game before taking on Ukraine on Sunday and then playing a placement match to decide their final standing in the competition.

Northern Ireland: Burns, Newborough, Guy, Holdaway, Hutton, Rafferty, Callaghan, Bell, Sherwood, McGuinness, Wade. Subs: Foy, Wilson, Lindsay, McMaster, McKenna, McDaniel.

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