RESULT: Belarus 0-1 NI (Furness 42)
Northern Ireland senior women took all three points against Belarus in a crucial UEFA Women's Euro qualifier in Minsk on Tuesday.
The 1-0 win for Kenny Shiels' squad moved them up to third in Group C and within reach of second-placed team Wales - and crucially with a game in hand.
Rachel Furness scored the only goal of the game after she headed home from a Demi Vance corner three minutes before the break. The goal came at a crucial stage in the match with Northern Ireland down to 10 players after goalkeeper Jackie Burns saw red with just 27 minutes on the clock.
The result means the players still have their sights firmly set on securing a play-off spot for the Euros - which are set to be staged in England in 2022.
VIDEO | Rachel Furness gives her reaction to win over Belarus
💬 "I said to @demi_ni hit my head and I'll score" 👊🏻 @Furney1988 backed herself tonight 👇🏻 #GAWA @ElecIrelandNI #GameChangersNI pic.twitter.com/YAWOad1Joa— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 27, 2020
HOW THINGS STAND IN GROUP C
Here's a look at how things stand in Group C. After Tuesday night's clash at the Dinamo Stadion, Northern Ireland welcome Belarus to Belfast (27 November) before hosting Faroe Islands on 1 December.
We've claimed seven points from our last nine and momentum is starting to gather. We've two home games now and the match against Belarus will be difficult.
They showed Northern Ireland spirit tonight, they dug in ... and they have been training really, really hard to get into this position.
We were more inventive than Belarus, we had more imagination than them. I'm not saying we're a better team but on the night we displayed that skillset and we totally deserved to win the game. - Kenny Shiels, Northern Ireland senior women's team manager
Scenes 🙌🏻 #GAWA@ElecIrelandNI #GameChangersNI pic.twitter.com/QuiqPeZtS5— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 27, 2020
FT | With only 10 players on the pitch our senior women have done it in Belarus! What a win! #GAWA @ElecIrelandNI #GameChangersNI pic.twitter.com/b4foXFVPPL— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 27, 2020
🎥 That goal from @Furney1988 🙌🏻 #GAWA @ElecIrelandNI #GameChangersNI pic.twitter.com/8aVdEfOHTl— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 27, 2020
Your Northern Ireland senior women's team to face Belarus!
This afternoon's starting XI and the team remains unchanged from the 6-0 win over the Faroe Islands last month
🙌 This evening Northern Ireland senior women take on Belarus at the Dinamo Stadium 🔥— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 27, 2020
👀 Follow us here for live updates 📱@ElecIrelandNI #GameChangersNI #GAWA pic.twitter.com/Nc3maGFY8M
🎥 @CaitlinMcGuinn4 and @marissac_17 are feeling confident ahead of a tough test against Belarus next week 👇🏻 #GAWA #GameChangersNI @ElecIrelandNI pic.twitter.com/M28L9yEZlN— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 23, 2020
📸 The countdown to Belarus is ON! #GAWA #GameChangersNI @ElecIrelandNI pic.twitter.com/D1QDK2k7jN— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 23, 2020
WHAT THEY SAID
'The outcome of this game will dictate if we’re still in the race for that runners-up spot. And that’s how important it is' - Kenny Shiels, senior women's manager
'We do have the belief in squad and collectively we have to go into it with a positive mindset that we're going to win the game' - Marissa Callaghan
💬 @marissac_17 'I hope I can inspire young players to show them how amazing it is to be part of women’s football in Northern Ireland. To be their own Game Changer' #GameChangersNI #GAWA @ElecIrelandNI pic.twitter.com/cTlJ2ZyVSP— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 22, 2020
Senior Women's boss Kenny Shiels on Belarus test
💬 Senior women's manager Kenny Shiels believes his squad will be ready for a tough test in Belarus 👇🏻 @ElecIrelandNI #GameChangersNI #GAWA pic.twitter.com/deT1fPIR2t— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 19, 2020
WATCH ALL SIX GOALS FROM TORSHAVN
Kenny Shiels secured his first win as Northern Ireland senior women's boss with an emphatic victory over the Faroes in September. Watch all six goals from the success in Torshavn.
🔥 All SIX goals from last night's phenomenal win 🙌 #GAWA 💚@UEFAWomensEURO #GameChangersNI @ElecIrelandNI pic.twitter.com/RjrZvvazhp— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 19, 2020
Senior Women's squad announcement
🙌🏻 NI senior women's boss Kenny Shiels has named his squad for Euro qualifier away to Belarus! #GAWA #GameChangersNI 💚— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 19, 2020