Manchester City midfielder Caroline Weir netted the only goal as Scotland defeated Northern Ireland 1-0 in an international friendly in Belfast this evening.
The 25-year-old took full advantage to score from the penalty spot after Toni-Leigh Finnegan fouled Christie Murray in the box late in the second half.
Northern Ireland came into the match fresh from creating history in qualifying for the UEFA Women’s EURO for the very first time. They also had the bonus of welcoming a small number of spectators back to Seaview.
A goalless first half saw Chloe McCarron go close for the hosts while Scotland winger Claire Emslie struck the bar with a strike from distance.
Marissa Callaghan forced Scotland keeper Lee Alexander into action early in the second half before the visitors were denied by the woodwork for a second time as Lisa Robertson’s effort cannoned off the bar.
The game-changing moment came 12 minutes from time when Murray drew a foul in the box. Weir stepped up to take the penalty kick and she found the back of the net as Scotland collected the victory.
Scotland will now look to make it two wins out of two against the home nations when they face Wales in Llanelli on Tuesday evening.