Northern Ireland well beaten by Scotland

Alfie Wylie
Alfie Wylie

Northern Ireland 0 Scotland 4

Scotland Women claimed a comfortable 4-0 friendly victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast on Sunday afternoon.

Jane Ross and Arsenal’s Caroline Weir were on target with a brace apiece as they handed the Scots a 2-0 half-time lead with two goals in as many minutes before adding two more in the second half.

Anna Signeul’s visitors, who handed Glasgow City’s Fiona Brown a debut at Solitude, went in front through Ross, who managed to hit both posts with the ball before it crossed the line.

Weir doubled their lead two minutes later with a close-range shot past Emma Higgins, while Avilla Bergin came close to pulling one back for the hosts with a cross into the Scottish box just before the break but her effort was cleared.

Four minutes into the second half Weir added her second - a brilliant long-range effort into the top corner - to leave the hosts struggling to get anything out of the match.

Scotland’s Julie Fleeting came on a substitute midway through the second half as she returned to the squad for the first time since August 2011.

Both sides were creating chances and it was Ross of Swedish club Vittsjo GIK who put the score beyond doubt as she celebrated her second of the afternoon against Alfie Wylie’s Northern Ireland side 15 minutes from time.