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Fourth-place finish for Irish

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North Korea's Ho Unbyol (right) controls the ball. Photo: Florian Choblet/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's Ho Unbyol (right) controls the ball. Photo: Florian Choblet/AFP/Getty Images

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North Korea's Ho Unbyol (right) controls the ball. Photo: Florian Choblet/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland Women's team finished fourth in the Cyprus Cup after a defeat to Korea DPR.

Colin Bell's side fought valiantly against the highest-ranked team in the competition but conceded late goals from Wi Jong Sim and Kim Ryu Song. Nevertheless, it was the Ireland team's best result in the Cyprus Cup tournament in Bell's first four games as head coach.

Ireland had few chances as Katie McCabe's 20-yard effort sailed over the bar in the 51st minute before Stephanie Roche's central free-kick was easily saved.

North Korea continued to increase the pressure and with 15 minutes remaining, Wi Jong Sim's cross floated over Emma Byrne and into the top corner to give the Koreans the lead.

Five minutes from the end, with Ireland pushing forward, Kim Ryu Song found space and rifled an incredible 30-yard shot into the top right-hand corner to seal the game.

Ireland - Byrne (GK), O'Gorman (Berrill 90), Caldwell, Quinn, Scott, Duggan, Roche (Shine 90), O'Sullivan (Murray 90), McCabe, Connolly, Kiernan (Littlejohn 85). Subs: Hourihan (GK), McQuillan (GK), McCarthy, McLaughlin, O'Riordan.

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North Korea's Ri Hyangsim (right) fights for the ball against Ireland's Megan Connolly. Photo: Florian Choblet/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's Ri Hyangsim (right) fights for the ball against Ireland's Megan Connolly. Photo: Florian Choblet/AFP/Getty Images

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