Republic of Ireland Women win again, Northern Ireland go second

Northern Ireland v Albania - UEFA Women's Nations League
Northern Ireland’s Simone Magill (9) bagged a brace against Albania. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Republic of Ireland edged Hungary for a fifth straight win in UEFA Women’s Nations League Group B1, Northern Ireland won in Albania to go second.

The Republic of Ireland had already sealed promotion but did their neighbours a favour, who took the chance to leapfrog Hungary in the table.

Courtney Brosnan saved from Evelin Fenyvesi early on and did well to also deny Henrietta Csiszar.

A Heather Payne cross on 65 minutes caused chaos in the Hungarian six-yard box, Reka Szocs spilling it and Csiszar’s attempted clearance ending up in her own net.

Denise O’Sullivan forced a fine save from the boot of Szocs, Caitlin Hayes saw her header was cleared off the line by Hanna Nemeth.

Ireland's forward Heather Payne
Republic of Ireland’s Heather Payne delivered the cross that brought a goal. (Photo by IZHAR KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Simone Magill scored twice as Northern Ireland ran out 4-0 winners over Albania.

She opened the scoring just before the break when following up Marissa Callaghan’s blocked effort, heading home to double the lead from a Danielle Maxwell cross just a minute after the restart.

Maxwell found the net herself before the hour mark via a Lauren Wade delivery, Megan Bell adding a late fourth from Demi Vance’s corner.

Northern Ireland host Republic of Ireland at Windsor Park on Tuesday 5 December, in the final round of group games.

Wales relegated from UEFA Women’s Nations League A

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