Northern Ireland scored two late goals in a 3-1 win over minnows Latvia in an unremarkable conclusion to their World Cup qualifying campaign in Jurmala.
Latvia, ranked at No. 122 in the world, took the lead against the flow of play when Anastasija Rocane headed in a Demi Vance header in the 27th minute to capitalize on Demi Vance’s miss.
Vance redeemed himself ten minutes later with a pivotal role in Northern Ireland’s equalizer when her dangerous corner was smashed into her own net by home goalkeeper Enija-Anna Vaivode.
Marissa Callaghan hit the bar as Kenny Shiels’ side pressed for the win, which came when Arta Luize Lubina touched the ball into her own net with two minutes left before Caragh Hamilton secured the win with a late goal.
Northern Ireland failed to advance to the World Cup finals and finished third behind Euro 2022 winners England and Austria, but the win secured a record 19 points in World Cup qualifying.
The game was Northern Ireland’s last competitive game for 12 months before the start of Euro 2025 qualifying and Shiels’ side will have to rely on friendlies to maintain the momentum from a first major tournament appearance at Euro 2022 this summer.
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Game ends, Latvia Women 1, Northern Ireland Women 3.
Second half ends, Latvia Women 1, Northern Ireland Women 3.
Own goal by Enija Vaivode, Latvia women. Latvia women 1, Northern Ireland women 3.
Caragh Hamilton (Northern Ireland Women) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the center of the box. Assisted by Kirsty McGuinness.
attempt saved. Karlina Miksone (Latvia Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal.
attempt saved. Viktorija Zaicikova (Latvia Women) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Olga Sevcova with a cross.
attempt blocked. Kirsty McGuinness (Northern Ireland Women) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Corner, Northern Ireland Women. Goal conceded by Sandra Voitane.
Own goal by Arta Lubina, women of Latvia. Latvia women 1, Northern Ireland women 2.
Corner, Northern Ireland Women. Goal conceded by Anastasija Rocane.
Demi Vance (Northern Ireland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Olga Sevcova (Latvia Women).
Substitution, Northern Ireland, women. Kerry Beattie replaces Caitlin McGuinness.
Karlina Miksone (Latvia Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nadene Caldwell (Northern Ireland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Karlina Miksone (Latvia Women).
Foul by Kirsty McGuinness (Northern Ireland Women).
Karlina Miksone (Latvia Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
attempt failed. Rebecca Holloway (Northern Ireland women) left footed shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Demi Vance with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Northern Ireland Women. Goal conceded by Karlina Mikson.