Northern Ireland take on the Republic of Ireland in World Cup Qualification derby

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Northern Ireland boss Alfie Wylie

By Q Radio Sport

The Northern Ireland women's football team host the Republic tonight in a World Cup qualifier.

Kick-off at Mourneview Park in Lurgan is half past seven.

Alfie Wylie's team lost their opening qualifier on Friday night, beaten 4-1 away to the group's top seeds, Norway.

Caragh Milligan - who's been playing her club football in Iceland - scored the Northern Ireland goal and says they'll benefit from the experience...

Skipper Marissa Callaghan believes the Irish derby is an ideal opportunity to kick-start the qualifying campaign...

Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan is looking forward to the derby with the Republic of Ireland

Manager Wylie hopes his players will be inspired by the heroics of the Northern Ireland men's team, but accepts the Republic start as favourites...

Meanwhile, in another boost for the women's game here, the Northern Ireland under-19s have won the UEFA Fair Play Award for their performances at the European Championships, staged locally last month. 

Caragh Milligan scored Northern Ireland's only goal in the 4-1 defeat to Norway 

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