Northern Ireland

Amhrán na bhFiann played at Windsor Park in Belfast for the first time

The Republic of Ireland women's team sing Amhrán na bhFiann in Windsor Park
The Republic of Ireland women's team sing Amhrán na bhFiann in Windsor Park The Republic of Ireland women's team sing Amhrán na bhFiann in Windsor Park

Amhrán na bhFiann was played at Windsor Park in Belfast for the first time last night before the Republic of Ireland women's team overcame Northern Ireland in a thumping 6-1 win.

It was not played 30 years ago following the infamous 1-1 draw with Billy Bingham's Northern Ireland team, the night in November that sealed a place in the World Cup for the Republic the following year.

Neither was the anthem played when the Republic of Ireland men's team visited Windsor Park for a Euro 1996 qualifier in November 1994.

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Its playing on Tuesday was greeted with respect in the stadium, before God Save The King was played as the teams lined up.

Members of the north's team sang God Save the King, which was also played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin before the Republic's win over the north in September.

Northern Ireland was hoping for promotion in the Women’s Nations League, but the Republic of swept to a 6-1 Group A win at Windsor Park.

The Republic had already secured promotion to the top tier after five wins from five and their opponents never looked likely to deny their perfect record.

Leading 2-0 at half-time, the Republic moved up a gear in the second half with four more goals, a world-class strike from captain Katie McCabe the pick of the bunch.

Lucy Quinn opened the scoring in the 36th minute and then turned provider two minutes later to set up Heather Payne.

Kyra Casura needed just two minutes of the second half to score a third from McCabe’s cross, before the latter, an Arsenal winger, hit the net off the underside of the bar after 50 minutes.

Louise Quinn headed the Republic to a 5-0  lead before the home team's Kerry Beattie, a substitute, brought one back in the 74th minute.

Caitlin Hayes finished the scoring for the visitors four minutes from time.