Northern Ireland Women net late winner in Luxembourg

Northern Iireland match-winner, Rebecca McKenna
Rebecca McKenna scored Northern Ireland’s winning goal. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland finished third in FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Group D with a 2-1 victory in Luxembourg.

Joely Andrews saw her powerful strike pushed away by Luxembourg keeper Lucie Schlime, before Marta Estevez put a shot inches past the post at the other end.

A deflected Chloe McCarron effort from distance went inches wide, before Caitlin McGuinness rattled the crossbar, with the same player denied by Schlime within minutes of the restart.

Northern Ireland made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute, when Sarah McFadden headed home a Demi Vance corner.

Nadene Caldwell hit the post and Marissa Callaghan’s low drive was saved, before Luxembourg equalised with ten minutes to go, as Amy Thompson’s cross-cum-shot could not quite be kept out by Jackie Bums.

However, Thompson was shown a second yellow card for partially removing her shirt as she celebrated scoring.

Julie Nelson then played in Rebecca McKenna, who slammed the ball low into the far comer for the winner.

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