Sunday 19 November 2017

WATCH - Megan Campbell scores one and forces an own goal with stunning long throw as Ireland beat Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland players, from left, Harriet Scott, Megan Campbell, Niamh Fahey and Diane Caldwell celebrate their first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier Group 3 match between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland at Mourneview Park in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland players, from left, Harriet Scott, Megan Campbell, Niamh Fahey and Diane Caldwell celebrate their first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier Group 3 match between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland at Mourneview Park in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Colin Bell's Republic of Ireland women's side have begun their World Cup qualification campaign with a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in Lurgan.

Megan Campbell was the most influential force in the game with her long throws and deliveries into the box continually causing consternation.

Ireland took the lead just on the stroke of half-time when Northern Ireland's Rachel Furness was forced to head into her own net from one of Campbell's devious throw-ins.

The Man City star grabbed a second in 69th minute to give Ireland some breathing space when her long range effort beat the North's teenage keeper Lauren Perry.

The groups top seeds Norway were 6-1 winners over Slovakia earlier today and the group also contains European champions the Netherlands.

The top team in each of the seven groups will qualify automatically for France in 2019 with the four best runners-up also qualifying.

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