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


1Germany Women1010006245830
2Russia Women107121918122
3R. of Ireland Wom10523139417
4Croatia Women10226720-138
5Slovenia Women10208734-276
6Slovakia Women10118629-234


1Spain Women109104224028
2Italy Women108114854325
3Romania Women104242081214
4Czech Rep Wom104242118314
5Estonia Women10118535-304
6Macedonia Women10019674-681


1Switzerland Women109105315228
2Iceland Women106132992019
3Denmark Women105322561918
4Israel Women10406827-1912
5Serbia Women103161634-1810
6Malta Women100010054-540


1Sweden Women1010003213130
2Scotland Women108023782924
3Poland Women105142014616
4Bos-Herze Wom10235719-129
5N Ireland Wom10127319-165
6Faroe Islands Women10028341-382


1Norway Women109014153627
2Netherlands Women108114363725
3Belgium Women1061334112319
4Portugal Women104061921-212
5Greece Women10109649-433
6Albania Women10109354-513


1England Women1010005215130
2Ukraine Women107123492522
3Wales Women10613189919
4Turkey Women104061231-1912
5Belarus Women102081231-196
6Montenegro Women100010653-470


1France Women1010005435130
2Finland Women107032791821
3Austria Women1070331141721
4Hungary Women104062025-512
5Kazakhstan Women10118830-224
6Bulgaria Women10019362-591
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