Northern Ireland women extend winning streak with 4-0 win over Luxembourg
It is now a magnificent seven for the writers of Northern Ireland history.
fter having won six consecutive victories to qualify for the final of the Women’s Euro 2022, they extended their victorious journey by launching in a beautiful way their quest for the Women’s World Cup 2023 with a 4-0 victory over Luxembourg.
The only difference to the Euro Playoff final was that a crowd of 1,500 people savored the performance inside Inver Park – the first time in 22 months fans were allowed to attend. to a female international.
They really should have celebrated more goals, with Northern Ireland taking control early in the game and never relinquishing their tight hold.
Captain Marissa Callaghan gave Kenny Shiels’ daughters a dream start with a goal after just 16 minutes and it continued with a second from Rachel Furness just seven minutes later – and after that it was big. started one-way traffic before Emily Wilson hit third shortly before half-time.
Lauren Wade’s fine finish 20 minutes from time increased the goal difference at the start.
The opening of the scoring was not long in coming. It started with Sarah McFadden leading the ball forward halfway through and ended with a beautifully Dinke effort from Captain Callaghan just inside the box.
It was the start Northern Ireland wanted and things improved very quickly when Kirsty McGuinness’s corner was met by Furness and she sent a head ball into the net from the edge of the box six yards to bring the score to 2-0.
After that, however, it was all of Northern Ireland. Luxembourg just couldn’t keep up with Furness’s threat in the air on set pieces and she could have pulled off a hat-trick without the clearances on the goal line.
Only the width of a post deprived Furness of a second goal two minutes later on a free kick superbly struck from the right of the box. Wilson reacted the fastest to finish in a nearly unguarded net for his first international goal.
Northern Ireland did not have a break in the second half and Furness was again frustrated with the woodwork seven minutes after the break.
The Greek referee ruled that Jessica Beersheid blocked a Wilson shot with her hand inside the box and Furness stepped in to take the penalty, but failed to add to her record of 32 goals when ‘she smashed the ball from the right post.
It then turned into a possession game with Northern Ireland keeping the ball in impressive style, showing patience in finding openings and that was embodied in the fourth goal.
Rebecca Holloway scooped the ball off to the left and sent Kirsty McGuinness running down the wing, which delivered a nasty cross. Substitute Kerry Beattie saw her shot blocked, but when the ball ran towards Wade, she slipped in.
Now it’s Latvia’s turn at Windsor Park on Tuesday, with the World Cup campaign already underway.
NORTHERN IRELAND: Burns, McKenna, Nelson (C McGuinness 83 min), McFadden (Caldwell 74 min), Holloway, McCarron, Furness (Vance 60 min), Callaghan (McDaniel 74 min), Wade, Wilson (Beattie 60 min), K McGuinness. Unused Submarines: Flaherty, Harvey-Clifford, Burrows, Milligan, Rafferty, Maxwell, Waitling.
LUXEMBOURG: Schlime, Albert (De Lemos 57 min), Berscheid, E Kremer (Raths 77 min), De Bryn (Tiberi 57 min), Marques Abreu (Besch 68 min), Miller, Kocan, Soares Marques, Dos Santos (Mendes 77 minutes), Garcia. Unused Submarines: Krier, N Kremer, Schon, Dervisevic, Have, Thill.
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (Greece).
Player of the match: Lauren Wade
Correspondence score: 8/10
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