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CAMEROON 2-0 NORTHERN IRELAND

Release Date: 10/07/2012

Author: Roy Cathcart

NORTHERN Ireland’s senior women were beaten 2–0 by Olympic Qualifiers Cameroon at Turriff FC, Aberdeenshire, on Sunday.

The Cameroon Olympic Squad is currently based in the Aberdeenshire Sports Village and invited Northern Ireland to play a friendly as part of their preparation for their Olympic Group Matches against Team GB, Brazil and New Zealand later this month.

Northern Ireland started rather sluggishly, perhaps as a result of a delayed arrival in Aberdeen on the eve of the match, and conceded a goal in the 16th minute when a cross eluded the defence and tall striker Deborah Engamouit Gaelle headed home. 

As Northern Ireland settled, however, they created a number of good chances against their often robust opponents, and Rachel Furness was denied a goal when the Cameroon keeper somehow managed to reach a goal bound shot at the base of the post.

Kirsty McGuinness and Aoife Lennon might have done better when presented with scoring opportunities, and Rachel Furness will feel she should have been awarded a penalty when she was held by the Cameroon goalkeeper.

As the second half progressed, both sides made numerous substitutions – Cameroon introduced no fewer than seven new players, and Northern Ireland Head Coach, Gail Macklin, in charge of her first Senior International, brought on four players, Kiera Moss, Chloe Archibald, Jennifer McDade and Aoife Curran, for their first caps.

Despite Northern Ireland’s success in countering their skilful, well-drilled opponents, in the 93rd minute the diminutive, fleet-footed winger, Gabrielle Omgoume Aboudi outpaced the Northern Ireland defence to score a great individual goal, and deservedly take the Player of the Match Award.

Final score: Cameroon 2 Northern Ireland 0

Gail Macklin was pleased with the final outcome against a team which will surely stretch Team GB in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on July 28: “We may have had a slow start, but we worked our way back into the game, and might have equalised before that decisive late goal.

“It’s good that we were able to introduce some more youthful players to the squad.  We accepted the invitation to learn, as well as provide the Cameroon team some answers about British-style football, and the short trip has clearly been a useful exercise.”

Team: Krystal Parker, Lyndsay Corry (sub: Chloe Archibald), Demi Vance, Nadene Caldwell, Julie Nelson, Ashley Hutton (capt), Alex Hurst (sub: Kiera Moss), Alison Smyth (sub: Jennifer McDade), Rachel Furness, Aoife Lennon (sub Aoife Curran), Kirsty McGuinness.

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  • NI senior women v Cameroon - July 2012

    The Northern Ireland senior women's team pictured before their international friendly against Cameroon.

    Picture: Roy Cathcart

  • NI senior women v Cameroon - July 2012

    Northern Ireland's Nadene Caldwell and Aoife Lennon in action during the international friendly against Cameroon.

    Picture: Roy Cathcart

  • NI senior women v Cameroon - July 2012

    Northern Ireland's Alison Smyth pictured in action against Cameroon.

    Picture: Roy Cathcart

  • NI senior women v Cameroon - July 2012

    Northern Ireland's Demi Vance and Julie Nelson pictured in action against Cameroon.

    Picture: Roy Cathcart

  • NI senior women v Cameroon - July 2012

    Aoife Curran, who made her senior international debut against Cameroon.

    Picture: Roy Cathcart

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