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Northern Ireland fight back for point
 Women's Football News 16 Feb 2012
 
Belgium 2 (Zeler 44, Wullaert 53)
Northern Ireland 2 (O'Hagan 51, Nelson 83)

Northern Ireland twice came from behind to pick up a point which keeps them in third place in their UEFA Women's Championships qualifying group. 
 
Simone Magill and Caragh Milligan saw early shots saved by Sofie Van Houtven as Northern Ireland got off to a bright start but Belgium began to come more into the game and Emma Higgins was forced into making her first stop from Aline Zeler.
 
Both teams continue to create chances, Van Houtven against saving efforts from Rachel Furness and Jessica Stephens whilst at the other end, Niki De Cock saw a free kick saved by Higgins.
 
However it was Belgium who took the lead a minute before half time through Zeler who swept home a pass from Audrey Demoustier.
 
Six minutes into the second half, Northern Ireland were back on level terms as Catherine O'Hagan, who had come on as a half time substitute, netted her first goal for her country.
 
Belgium regained the advantage just two minutes later though when Tessa Wullaert scored with a volley following a Lien Mermans corner.
 
The home side tried to press for a third and won a series of corners but Northern Ireland stood firm to keep themselves in the match. Their efforts were rewarded seven minutes from time when, after a foul on Milligan, Julie Nelson beat Van Houtven from the resulting free kick to earn her side a share of the spoils.
 
Northern Ireland are next in action in their group on 25th April when they play at home to Hungary. 
 
Belgium: Sofie Van Houtven, Julie Gregoire, Heleen Jaques, Lien Mermans, Lorca van de Putte, Niki De Cock, Tessa Wullaert, Audrey Demoustier, Janice Cayman, Aline Zeler (sub Annaelle Wiard 89mins), Marlies Verbruggen. Subs not used: Sabrina Broos, Cecile De Gernier, Davina Philtjens, Berit Stevens, Stephanie Van Gils, Stefanie Van Broeck.

Northern Ireland: Emma Higgins, Alex Hurst, Demi Vance, Nadene Caldwell, Julie Nelson, Ashley Hutton, Jessica Stephens (sub Catherine O'Hagan 45mins), Simone Magill, Rachel Furness, Sarah McFadden, Caragh Milligan. Subs not used: Krystal Parker, Laura Nicholas, Kelly Bailie, Aoife Lennon, Alison Smyth, Nicole Connolly.
 
 
 GROUP THREE   P   W   D   L   F   A   Pts 
 ICELAND   5   4   1   0   12   1   13 
 BELGIUM   6   3   2   1   10   4   11 
 NORTHERN IRELAND   5   2   2   1   8   7   8 
 NORWAY   4   2   0   2   9   6   6 
 HUNGARY   5   1   1   3   7   11   4 
 BULGARIA   5   0   0   5   0   17   0 

 
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