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Womens Premiership

McGUINNESS SISTERS ON TARGET AS NORTHERN IRELAND REACH PLAY-OFFS

01 Dec 2020
football
© PressEye Caitlin and Kirsty McGuinness both scored in Northern Ireland's victory
Sion Swifts strikers and sisters Kirsty and Caitlin McGuinness were both on the scoresheet as Northern Ireland sealed a first ever playoff spot for the European Championships next year.
 
Kenny Shiels' side ran out 5-1 victors over the Faroe Islands at Seaview on Tuesday evening to secure their fourth successive triumph.
 
It was a historic night for the national side, with 11 Danske Bank Women’s Premiership stars on the pitch, with the McGuinness sisters not only the first family members to be on the same pitch for Northern Ireland at the same time but now also both scoring in the one match.
 
Jensa Kannuberg Torolvsdottir opened the scoring for the visitors after just five minutes but Rachel Furness responded straight away to level the scores for Northern Ireland.
 
Kirsty McGuinness then hit a wonderful curled finish from her right foot to give the hosts the lead for the first time, with captain and Cliftonville midfielder Marissa Callaghan doing the legwork in the heart of midfield to set up the goal.
 
Former Linfield midfielder Chloe McCarron - now at Birmingham City - added a third with a wonderful long-range effort before Kirsty’s youngster sister Caitlin added a fourth with a clinical close-range finish. 
Furness then added a fifth to put the icing on the cake for Northern Ireland.