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This could have been a tennis score, Northern Ireland must show more of their second half fighting spirit

Steven Beacom


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Northern Ireland ace Abbie Magee is challenged by Norway's Julie Blakstad

Northern Ireland ace Abbie Magee is challenged by Norway's Julie Blakstad

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Northern Ireland ace Abbie Magee is challenged by Norway's Julie Blakstad

It was one of the feel-good stories of the 21st century in Northern Ireland sport when the women’s football team qualified for a first major tournament.

Watching them play in it for the first 45 minutes though, you couldn’t help but feel bad not just because Norway were hammering the history makers but Kenny Shiels’ side weren’t doing themselves justice.


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