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Northern Ireland Women's World Cup hopes dealt blow after Norway defeat

Northern Ireland 0 Norway 3

Northern Ireland Women were beaten 3-0 by Norway at Shamrock Park as their World Cup qualifying hopes were dealt another significant blow.

The home side, who were beaten 7-0 by the Netherlands five days earlier, frustrated Norway for the first hour before Caroline Hansen latched on to Guro Reiten's through ball to fire past Lauren Perry and give Norway a 1-0 lead.

Perry had to be at her best to deny Norway a goal before the visitors eventually took the lead, coping well with everything that came her way as Northern Ireland defended bravely.

Two goals in the final four minutes sealed Norway's win, with Hansen volleying into the top-right hand corner before Isabell Herlovsen added a third in injury time.

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