Northern Ireland women earn 1-0 win over Portugal in international friendly

Marissa Callaghan plays for Cliftonville
Skipper Marissa Callaghan hit Northern Ireland's winner in Portugal

Northern Ireland's women earned a surprise 1-0 friendly win over Euro 2017 qualifiers Portugal in Agueda on Thursday night.

Captain Marissa Callaghan's second-half goal proved enough for Alfie Wylie's side as they avenged a 1-0 defeat by the Portuguese earlier this week.

Northern Irish keeper Jackie Burns made several fine saves but Kerry Montgomery also went close for the visitors.

Avilla Bergin set up Callaghan's winner with a superb cross.

As Portugal chased an equaliser, Jessica Foy and Ashley Hutton made a couple of crucial interventions while substitute striker Lauren Brennan also held the ball up well, when the Northern Irish did attempt to counter.

Manager Wylie made three changes from the starting line-up that lost last time out with Lauren Wade, Ciara Sherwood and Bergin replacing Kirsty McGuinness, Laura Rafferty and Caragh Miligan.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 20th September 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland Women87013423221
2Scotland Women87013072321
3Slovenia Women8305211929
4Belarus Women83051020-109
5Macedonia Women8008451-470

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain Women88003923724
2Finland Women84131712513
3Portugal Women84131511413
4R. of Ireland Wom8305171439
5Montenegro Women8008251-490

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France Women88002702724
2Romania Women8512178916
3Ukraine Women84131412213
4Greece Women8206919-106
5Albania Women8008331-280

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden Women87012231921
2Denmark Women86112212119
3Poland Women83141016-610
4Slovakia Women83051113-29
5Moldova Women8008133-320

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women88003503524
2Russia Women8422149514
3Hungary Women8224820-128
4Croatia Women8215815-77
5Turkey Women8116324-214

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland Women88003433124
2Italy Women86022681818
3Czech Rep Wom73041217-59
4N Ireland Wom7205921-126
5Georgia Women8008234-320

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England Women87103213122
2Belgium Women85212752217
3Serbia Women83141021-1110
4Bos-Herze Wom8305817-99
5Estonia Women8008033-330

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway Women87102922722
2Austria Women85211841417
3Wales Women83231311211
4Kazakhstan Women8116230-284
5Israel Women8026217-152
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