Northern Ireland hit seven past Estonia in opening qualifier for European Championships

Northern Ireland's Louise McDaniel celebrates scoring
Northern Ireland's Louise McDaniel celebrates scoring

Northern Ireland Women’s Under-19s saw off Estonia 7-1 at Shamrock Park in their opening qualifier for next year’s European Championships.

Alexandra Collighan - with two - Kaia Deane, Megan Bell, Kelsie Burrows, Louise McDaniel and Kaitlyn Canavan were all on target as the home side ran riot.

The NI team will now play Kosovo on Friday and Germany on Monday with both matches being at Shamrock Park.

In the other game in the group Germany defeated Kosovo 6-0.

Deane opened the scoring for Northern Ireland on her debut in the 16th minute.

The visitors equalised six minutes later when Evelyn Silina headed in a corner against the run of play.

Seven minutes Northern Ireland took the lead once again when Collighan scored in the top corner from the edge of the area.

On 56 minutes Bell intercepted a pass just inside the Estonia half, sped towards goal and slotted the ball past Talts to make it 3-1 to the home side.

They increased their lead further in the 68th minute when Burrows poked a loose ball into the net from close range after a Bell delivery from a corner. And things were going to plan for NI.

Two minutes later it was 5-1. Collighan turned her marker inside out close to the six-yard box and fired in a low cross which McDaniel turned past the keeper.

Collighan grabbed her second of the night on 87 minutes with a fine effort but there was still time for another goal as Estonia were brushed aside with ease.

Substitute Canavan scoring number seven with a firm header and the hosts had got their group off to a great start.

Northern Ireland: Currie, White, Ruddy, Magee, Burrows, Hamilton, McKenna, Bell (captain), McDaniel, Collighan, Deane.

Subs: (used) McGuinness, Leckey, Canavan, McDaid, McKearney.

Estonia: Talts, Treiberg, Tiivel, Daut (captain), Jaar, Saar, Lillemae, Kees, Malesina, Satsi, Silina.

Subs: (used) Pedak.