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Northern Ireland: Kenny Shiels reign off to losing start as Norway win Euro 2021 qualifier 6-0 at Seaview

Norway showed why they reached the World Cup quarter-finals earlier this summer
Norway showed why they reached the World Cup quarter-finals earlier this summer

Kenny Shiels' first game as Northern Ireland manager ended in disappointment as Norway ran out 6-0 winners in their Euro 2021 qualifying opener at Seaview.

Guro Reiten opened the scoring before Caroline Hansen lit up the Shore Road with a fine hat-trick.

Substitute Amalie Eikeland completed the rout with two late goals to give Norway three points in north Belfast.

Individual errors cost the hosts four goals while Hansen produced a brilliant solo effort to score her second.

Northern Ireland will look to bounce back on Tuesday night when they face Wales in Newport.

Norway opened the scoring after just five minutes when Jackie Burns got caught taking too long on the ball, allowing Reiten to slide in and poke the ball over the line.

The Northern Ireland goalkeeper made up for that error when she denied Lisa-Marie Utland with a strong stop at her near post.

However, the World Cup quarter-finalists doubled their advantage when another mix-up at the back allowed Hansen to pounce. Ashley Hutton's under-hit back-pass meant Burns could only clear to the Hansen, who finished confidently into the bottom corner.

Barcelona winger Caroline Hansen lit up Seaview with a hat-trick for Norway
Barcelona winger Caroline Hansen lit up Seaview with a hat-trick for Norway

The home side refused to lie down, however, in front a great turnout at Seaview and caused the Norway defence plenty of problems with their crosses from wide areas after the break as Sarah McFadden headed over from Demi Vance's pass.

Although Shiels will be disappointed with the manner in which Norway scored their first two goals, there was little the NI back-line could do about the third, as Hansen picked up the ball and skipped past Hutton and Julie Nelson before finding the far corner just after the hour.

The Barcelona winger completed her hat-trick on 72 but Burns was left to rue another error after letting the Norway No.10's shot slip under her body.

Substitute Eikeland added two more to wrap up a comprehensive victory on a tough night for Northern Ireland.

'It's the start of our journey' - Shiels

"There was a lot of learning tonight," Shiels said.

"I'm really proud of our effort - we gave them four goals that they didn't have to work but I'm delighted at the commitment. We have to work to get the girls more athletic - we haven't got enough athletic players to compete against a side like Norway.

"It's the start of our journey - I'm pleased with our commitment levels, but now we need to work on the fitness and technical aspects."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 30th August 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands11007073
2Kosovo Women11002023
3Russia11001013
4Slovenia Women100101-10
5Turkey Women100102-20
6Estonia Women100107-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark11008083
2Bos-Herze Wom11007163
3Italy11003213
4Israel Women100123-10
5Georgia Women100117-60
6Malta Women100108-80

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway11006063
2Wales11006063
3Belarus Women00000000
4Faroe Islands Women100106-60
5N Ireland Wom100106-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep Wom11007073
2Azerbaijan Women00000000
3Poland Women00000000
4Spain00000000
5Moldova Women100107-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland11008083
2Albania Women00000000
3Finland Women00000000
4Portugal00000000
5Cyprus Women100108-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland11004133
2Latvia Women00000000
3Slovakia Women00000000
4Sweden00000000
5Hungary Women100114-30

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria00000000
2France00000000
3Kazakhstan Women00000000
4North Macedonia Women00000000
5Serbia Women00000000

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia Women11002113
2Belgium00000000
3Romania Women00000000
4Switzerland00000000
5Lithuania Women100112-10

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany00000000
2Greece Women00000000
3Montenegro Women00000000
4R. of Ireland Wom00000000
5Ukraine Women00000000
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