Saints duo star in Northern Ireland win

By SFC Media time Wed 22 Sep International
Photo by William Cherry | Laura Rafferty (L)

Southampton FC Women's duo Laura Rafferty and Ciara Watling both featured as Northern Ireland beat Latvia 4-0 in World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday night.

After beating Luxembourg by the same scoreline on Friday night, the Green and White Army ensured of a winning return to Windsor Park after a nine year wait to play at their national stadium.

Saints defender Rafferty started the game as part of a back three, as Louise McDaniel's early second half goal kickstarted the goalscoring.

Press Eye - Belfast, Northern Ireland - 21st September 2021 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland’s Kelsie Burrows and Ciara Watling after the final whistle of the 4-0 win in Tuesday nights Women's World Cup Qualifier against Latvia at the National Stadium, Belfast    Photo by William Cherry / Presseye
Watling (R) signing autographs post game.

Captain Kirsty McGuinness, on her 50th cap for her country, added a second, before goals from Marissa Callaghan and a Rachel Furness penalty rounded off the scoring for a second successive 4-0 victory.

Watling came off the bench for Northern Ireland to replace Furness with four minutes to go, meaning both Saints players featured on a historic night at Windsor Park.

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