Northern Ireland Women 3-0 Faroe Islands Women

Northern Ireland celebrate after Rachel Furness put them into the lead
Northern Ireland ended a run of nine World Cup qualifiers without scoring

Northern Ireland ended their goal drought in the World Cup qualifiers with a win over the Faroe Islands.

After going nine qualifying games without scoring, Sunderland midfielder Rachel Furness scored a 21st-minute penalty for the hosts.

Julie Nelson made it 2-0 to Alfie Wylie's side with a direct free-kick early in the second half.

Rachel Furness
Born 19 June, 1988 (age 26)
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne but qualifies for Northern Ireland as her mother is from Belfast
Plays for Sunderland who are currently top of the second division of the Women's Super League
Had playing spells for Chester-le-Street, Newcastle United and Grindavik

Furness got the third goal for Northern Ireland who finish second from bottom of Group Four.

The girls in green ended the campaign on five points having picked up their previous points in 0-0 draws at home to Bosnia-Hercegovina and away to the Faroes.

Sweden topped the group after a 3-1 win over Scotland who go into a play-off as runners-up.

Northern Ireland were on top during the first half against the Faroes with Furness and Aimee Mackin testing visiting keeper Randi Wardum.

The hosts got the breakthrough when Simone Magill was fouled in the box by Malena Josephsen and Furness stepped up to score from the spot.

Northern Ireland had further chances and made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute when Glasgow City defender Nelson found the net with a fine free-kick.

Newry City teenager Mackin had a shot blocked while at the other end Heidi Sevdal for the visitors had an effort saved by home keeper Emma Higgins.

Northern Ireland found the net again when Furness scored following a Demi Vance corner in the 90th minute.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 17th September 2014

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1010006245830
2Football Union of Russia107121918122
3R. of Ireland10523139417
4Croatia10226720-138
5Slovenia10208734-276
6Slovakia10118629-234

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain109104224028
2Italy108114854325
3Romania104242081214
4Czech Republic104242118314
5Estonia10118535-304
6North Macedonia10019674-681

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland109105315228
2Iceland106132992019
3Denmark105322561918
4Israel10406827-1912
5Serbia103161634-1810
6Malta100010054-540

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden1010003213130
2Scotland108023782924
3Poland105142014616
4Bos-Herze10235719-129
5Northern Ireland10127319-165
6Faroe Islands10028341-382

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway109014153627
2Netherlands108114363725
3Belgium1061334112319
4Portugal104061921-212
5Greece10109649-433
6Albania10109354-513

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England1010005215130
2Ukraine107123492522
3Wales10613189919
4Turkey104061231-1912
5Belarus102081231-196
6Montenegro100010653-470

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France1010005435130
2Finland107032791821
3Austria1070331141721
4Hungary104062025-512
5Kazakhstan10118830-224
6Bulgaria10019362-591
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