Scotland Women win in Northern Ireland with Weir penalty

Caroline Weir scores from the spot
Caroline Weir scores from the spot. (Photo: Liam McBurney via Imago)

Caroline Weir converted a second-half penalty as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly in Belfast. 

Neither goalkeeper had a save to make in the first half but Chloe McCarron’s angled free kick just cleared Lee Alexander’s crossbar.

Scotland came close twice shortly before the break, Claire Emslie clipping the bar from the edge of the box and Rachel McLauchlan firing just over the angle from a little further out.

Alexander got to a cross from Marissa Callaghan first with Lauren Wade threatening at the far post.

Lisa Roberston’s powerful drive was parried by Jackie Burns and Sarah McFadden cleared the lose ball before Fiona Brown could get a shot away.

With 13 minutes remaining, Christie Murray won a penalty for Scotland and Caroline Weir stepped up to tuck it into the bottom corner, just beyond Burns.

Kerry Beattie did well to get the ball into the box and Emily Wilson almost nipped in but Alexander was out to smother it.

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