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Northern Ireland Women earn first World Cup qualifying victory

Slovakia 1-3 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Women are off the mark with the first win of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

After defeats in their opening two fixtures, Alfie Wylie's side won 3-1 in Slovakia.

Jana Vojtekova gave the hosts a 20th minute lead but Julie Nelson slammed home before half-time to level the scores.

Rachel Furness headed in to give Northern Ireland the lead on 52 minutes and Carragh Milligan completed the scoring when she netted from close range.

NORTHERN IRELAND: Higgins, Newborough, Guy, Rafferty, Nelson, McFadden, Bell, Callaghan, Milligan, Magill, Furness.

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