Northern Ireland’s senior women failed to capitalise against Bosnia and Herzegovina despite a strong performance and the lion’s share of chances.
Manager Alfie Wylie praised his young players but bemoaned the lack of goals: “We should have won. We dominated the game and they had no shots on targets, while we hit the woodwork twice and forced their goalkeeper to make a couple of good saves.
“But ultimately we were missing our decision-making in the final third.
“I was really pleased with the girls. They got behind each other, supported each other and looked for movement, tried to pass and didn’t just hoof the ball. But we don’t have a natural goalscorer, a ‘Dorothy Healy’, if you like.”
Both sides had few chances and the game will not live long in the memory.
N IRELAND: Higgins, Nelson, Hutton, Hurst, Vance, Caldewll, McDowell (Shepherd, 57), McFadden, Doran (Callaghan, 90+1), McGuinness (Corry, 80), Mackin. Subs: Burns, Armour, McGivern, Doherty.
BOSNIA: Hodzic, Seslija, Am. Spahic, M. Kulis (Grebenar, 90+5), Aida Hadzic, Al. Spahic, Nikolic, Fetahovic, Kadric, L. Kulis, Dijakovic (Crnjak, 82). Subs: E. H#begovic, Alma Hadzic, M. H’begovic, Islamovic, Stanic.
Referee: Monica Larsen (Norway)