Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Northern Ireland Woman at the double

Aimee Mackin scored the game's only goal

Northern Ireland 1 Estonia 0: Northern Ireland's Women made sure lightning struck twice for their opponents Estonia.

For the second time this week, Alfie Wylie's side recorded a 1-0 win against the Estonians.

The visitors were gunning for revenge after tasting defeat at Newforge on Monday but they fared no better at Clandeboye Road last night.

Prior to Monday's clash, Northern Ireland hadn't won since May 2012 but they have a spring in their step now.

The back to back victories will inject considerable confidence into the camp ahead of a tough European Championship qualifier at home to Sweden next month.

Striker Aimee Mackin was the goalscoring hero in the 68th minute, poking home after a mix-up in the Estonian goalmouth.

Wylie said: "Back to back games against any side are tough so I'm really pleased with the two wins.

"We are still a bit rusty but the girls show the pride and passion they have in the jersey and you can't ask for more than two clean sheets and two wins.

"I'm grateful to the Irish FA for arranging these matches in preparation for the Sweden game. They're one of the top teams in the world but we aren't now facing them on the back of a hard luck story." Northern Ireland ace Simone Magill tweeted: "Two wins out of two. Brilliant battling from all tonight! Starting 2014 off on a flyer!! Happy Happy #Pride #GAWA #NiLadies."

Northern Ireland: Higgins, Corry, Hutton, Nelson, Armour, McGivern, Mackin, Caldwell, Vance, Callaghan, Magill.

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