Women's European Championship Qualifying - Group C
Faroe Islands WomenFaroe Islands Women0N Ireland WomNorthern Ireland6

European Championship qualifiers: Northern Ireland end winless run by trouncing Faroe Islands 6-0

Heidi Sevdal and Simone Magill in action during the first half in Torshavn
Heidi Sevdal and Simone Magill in action during the first half in Torshavn

Northern Ireland secured their first competitive win since 2017 by trouncing the Faroe Islands 6-0 in their European Championship qualifier in Torshavn.

Rachel Furness, Simone Magill, Lauren Wade and Kirsty McGuinness goals made it 4-0 at half-time, with Wade and Magill netting again after the break.

NI's first win of the campaign sees them move up to third spot in Group C with five points from five matches.

Kenny Shiels' side still have three qualifiers to play this year.

Having drawn two of their first four fixtures - against Wales home and away - they probably require wins from each of their remaining three matches to have a chance of competing in the Women's Euro 2020 finals, which will be staged in England.

'We were one big unit'- Shiels reflects on Faroe Islands victory

Northern Ireland's next game is away to Belarus on 27 October, followed by a home match against the same opposition on 27 November and the return game against the Faroes on 1 December.

Former world champions Norway lead Northern Ireland's group on 12 points from four matches, which included two comfortable wins over NI.

Wales are four points adrift, three points ahead of Northern Ireland, but still have to play the pacesetting Norwegians twice.

The nine group winners, plus three runners-up with the best records, will automatically qualify, while the other six runners-up will play off for the remaining berths in the 16-team finals.

Goal-fest for free-scoring NI

Shiels went into the game without six regular squad members, including captain Marissa Callaghan, but his side immediately assumed control of proceedings in a one-sided affair.

Rachel Furness struck the woodwork with a 25-yard free-kick in the 12th minute but the Liverpool midfielder found the target seven minutes later with a left-foot drive into the bottom corner.

Within five minutes, it was 2-0 as Everton's Magill followed up to fire home after Wade's shot came back off the post.

The goals continued to flow when Glasgow City forward Wade cut in from the right wing in the 27th minute and drilled a beautiful left-foot finish into the corner.

Simone Magill scores Northern Ireland' second
Simone Magill scores NI's second goal after Lauren Wade's shot came back off the post

McGuinness marked her recall to the NI squad for the first time since 2018 by adding the fourth seven minutes before half-time.

Wade netted her second of the match 11 minutes into the second half and Magill completed the scoring with a 90th-minute header.

The Faroes have now conceded 31 goals in losing their first four qualifiers, failing to score in any of those games.

The next matches in the group will be played on Tuesday, with the Faroe Islands hosting Belarus and Norway at home to Wales.

What they said

Lauren Wade: "We were all glad to get back playing and our only aim was to get a win - the first of the four wins we are looking for.

"It was nice to get on the scoresheet but it was a really good team performance."

Simone Magill: "We spoke a lot about this game and waited a long time for it. The most important thing was getting the win.

"We wanted to be ruthless and keep working and fighting to the end and get as many goals as possible.

"That performance was massive for us - we have big games coming up and now we have momentum going into the Belarus game."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 18th September 2020

  • Faroe Islands WomenFaroe Islands Women0N Ireland WomNorthern Ireland6
  • RussiaRussia0NetherlandsNetherlands1
  • Finland WomenFinland WomenPPortugalPortugalP
    Match postponed - Other
  • BelgiumBelgium6Romania WomenRomania Women1
  • Croatia WomenCroatia Women1SwitzerlandSwitzerland1
  • Cyprus WomenCyprus WomenPScotlandScotlandP
    Match postponed - Other
  • Czech Rep WomCzech Republic0Poland WomenPoland Women0
  • Kosovo WomenKosovo Women2Estonia WomenEstonia Women0
  • Slovenia WomenSlovenia Women3Turkey WomenTurkey Women1
  • Montenegro WomenMontenegro Women1Ukraine WomenUkraine Women3
  • Serbia WomenSerbia Women0FranceFrance2

As It Stood


3Slovenia Women6303171079
4Kosovo Women5203414-106
5Estonia Women4013113-121
6Turkey Women5014119-181


3Bos-Herze Wom7502168815
4Israel Women6114811-34
5Malta Women7115522-174
6Georgia Women7007236-340


3Belarus Women310278-13
4N Ireland Wom4022214-122
5Faroe Islands Women3003025-250


1Poland Women3210100107
3Czech Rep Wom320112576
4Moldova Women3102313-103
5Azerbaijan Women4004116-150


1Finland Women43101621410
4Albania Women5104317-143
5Cyprus Women3003014-140


3Hungary Women411259-44
4Slovakia Women411229-74
5Latvia Women4004216-140


2Serbia Women530217899
4North Macedonia Women5104521-163
5Kazakhstan Women4004119-180


3Romania Women310237-43
4Croatia Women4103413-93
5Lithuania Women5005118-170


1R. of Ireland Wom5410103713
3Greece Women411257-24
4Ukraine Women3003219-170
5Montenegro Women4004019-190
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