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Full-time: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Norway

Good evening, and welcome along to a sun-kissed Tallaght Stadium. The Republic of Ireland Women’s side face fellow qualification hopefuls Norway in the first of a double-header before Tuesday’s away game.

Colin Bell’s side are still in the hunt for a place at the Women’s World Cup — an achievement that would be a first for the Girls in Green.

Kick-off is just 15 minutes away now and the teams are coming right up.

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Kick-off - We’re underway and straight away Ireland are on the attack, but the ball is nicked off Katie McCabe.

6 mins – We’ve had a fast-paced start to the game, with Ireland pressing their opponents high up the field.

The Girls in Green are lining out in a 4-5-1 with Perry-Campbell, Caldwell, Quinn and O’Gorman across the back, a midfield trio of Duggan, Toland and Fahey, while O’Sullivan and McCabe occupy the wings.

That leaves Leanne Kieran to lead the line.

12 mins – A Norway attack down the right sees Caroline Graham Hansen shoot into the side-netting.

13 mins – This time, the visitors test Marie Hourihan as Guro Reiten finds the target from 20 yards but the Ireland goalkeeper is equal to it.

17 mins – Best chance of the evening so far and it has fallen to Norway. Graham Hansen’s ball across the box was cut out by Caldwell. It runs to the penalty spot, where Ingrid Syrstad Engen shoots over the bar.

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21 mins – GOAL! Republic of Ireland 0-1 Norway 

We have the opening goal of the game and it’s the away side who find the back of the net. Guro Reiten’s corner is lofted into the danger area and Lisa-Marie Utland gets her head onto it to direct the ball home.

28 mins – Ireland have responded well by stringing a number of passes together in the opposing half. O’Gorman earns a throw in the far corner, but it comes to nothing and Norway clear their lines.

Down the other end, Frida Maanum blasts over.

30 mins – Off the bar! The Norwegians threaten again as Reiten’s shot is initially blocked by Perry-Campbell. The same player follows up and drives at goal. Hourihan gets a fingertip to the strike to push it onto the crossbar.

Meanwhile, Quinn is down receiving treatment after a bang to the head.

35 mins – Yellow card – O’Sullivan goes on a magnificent run out of defence to ease the pressure and gets taken down by Graham Hansen inside the Norway half. The midfielder goes into the referee’s book.

That free-kick is put into the box and after a few half-clearances, McCabe goes down under a challenge. It’s waved on, however.

37 mins – Substitution: That’s the end of Quinn’s night and the Arsenal defender is coming off after failing to fully recover from that head injury. Claire O’Riordan is on in her place.

44 mins – Yet another chance for Norway as Reiten curls a free-kick from deep towards the back post and Herlovsen heads over.

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46 mins – Second half: The game has restarted. No changes on either side for now.

 

Denise O'Sullivan and Caroline Graham Hansen Caroline Graham Hansen tackles Denise O'Sullivan. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

48 mins – Save! Hourihan tips over from Frida Maanum’s strike.

49 mins – That’s a golden opportunity for Ireland! Kiernan breaks on the counter-attack with a direct run from her own half. Leaving three Norwegian players in her wake, the Shelbourne striker does excellently but her shot at Ingrid Hjelmseth was a tame one.

58 mins – It remains 1-0 to Norway here, but Ireland aren’t out of this one just yet. Both Amber Barrett and Rianna Jarrett are warming up on the touchline and we’re likely to see at least one of the back-up strikers shortly.

59 mins – The official attendance at Tallaght Stadium is 3,172.

61 mins – GOAL! Republic of Ireland 0-2 Norway (Lisa-Marie Utland)

There’s a second. Another Reiten free-kick was knocked on by Syrstad Engan and Utland had a simple finish from close range.

70 mins - Substitutions on both sides as Ireland bring on Amber Barrett for Fahey, while the injured Caroline Graham Hansen comes off with Vilde Boe Risa taking her place.

76 mins – Another Norwegian change as goalscorer Utland is off for Elise Thorsnes.

81 mins – Norway break in numbers after an Ireland free-kick, but Herlovsen’s shot at Hourihan is weak.

90 mins – Three minutes of time added on to play.

91 mins – One late chance for Ireland, but Duggan volleys over after arriving late to connect with a cross.

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