Northern Ireland Women net nine as Furness breaks record

Racgel Furness became Northern Ireland's all-time leading scorer
Rachel Furness became the all-time leading goalscorer for Northern Ireland men’s or women’s team. (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland beat North Macedonia 9-0 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, as Rachel Furness broke the goalscoring record.

Following on from their record-breaking 11-0 victory over the same opposition in Skopje last Thursday, 2,600 fans in north Belfast saw Northern Ireland go second in the Group D table

Kirsty McGuinness scored the first of her hat-trick via the post after being sent clear by Furness, Rebecca Holloway fired the ball into the top corner from 30 yards for 2-0.

Furness struck from 20 yards to break David Healy’s goalscoring record for Northern Ireland, with her 37th goal for her country.

Simone Magill laid the ball off for McGuinness to make it 4-0 before the break, the same combination further extending the advantage just after the hour mark.

A minute later Holloway grabbed her second from a Lauren Wade cross, Magill then slotted the ball into the bottom corner from Demi Vance’s pass.

Wade delivered to the back post for Furness to head her second of the night, substitute Kerry Beattie completing the rout at the death for her first senior international goal.

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