Turkish Women’s Cup: Demi Vance double helps Irish into third place play-off

Northern Ireland celebrate a goal against Kazakhstan. (Photo: irishfa.com)

Northern Ireland sealed a place in the 3rd place play-off at the Turkish Women’s Cup with a 4-0 win against Kazakhstan, with a brace by Demi Vance added to by Simone Magill and Rachel Furness.

Alfie Wylie gave an international debut to Everton keeper Becky Flaherty and also brought in former U-19 captain Emma McMaster for the final group game.

It took 27 minutes for the deadlock to be broken as Reading’s player Furness scored her fifth in three games with a stunning volley. Vance got her name on the scoresheet just before half time to give Northern Ireland a comfortable lead going into the break.

Kazakhstan however came out fighting in the second half and it took substitute Lauren Wade to set up Magill to ensure the victory.

But Vance wasn’t done with just one goal, as late into stoppage time Louise McDaniel set-up the Glentoran player to make it 4-0.

This victory sets the Irish up for a third place play off with Uzbekistan on Tuesday, while holders France ‘B’ meet Romania in the final.

Northern Ireland: Becky Flaherty, Jessica Foy, Freya Holdaway, Ashley Hutton, Emma McMaster, Demi Vance, Sarah McFadden, Rachel Furness, Kerry Montgomery, Simone Magill (c), Rebecca McKenna.

Romania were 3-0 winners over India with two for Stefania Vatafu and one from Florentina Olar.

France ‘B’ put ten goals past Jordan, Clara Matéo starting them off with a nine-minute hat-trick and followed by seven different scorers.

Uzbekistan thrashed Turkmenistan 11-1, Quadratova hit a 20-minute hat-trick and Kurbanova scored four times in a 22-minute spell from the hour mark.