Player ratings as Lionesses cruise to victory at Windsor Park

Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway each scored a brace as England maintained their 100% start to World Cup qualifying with a 5-0 victory over Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

England saw two wasted chances in the first half, before unleashing their ruthless side in the second half to come up with comfortable winners.

Both Ellen White and Beth Mead should have opened the scoring within the first 20 minutes, before Hemp finally broke the deadlock. The City winger began the move with a trademark driving run and ended it by fortuitously connecting Ella Toone’s delivery into the net.

Northern Ireland held off England for the rest of the first half with a flurry of last-minute defensive efforts, Sarah McFadden risking her body on several occasions, but the Lionesses moved up a notch in the second half, and the game was put past the hosts by the timestamp.

Lucy Bronze’s tenacious run and delivery was confidently converted by Toone, before Hemp added her second by latching onto Leah Williamson’s pass and confidently rounding Jackie Burns into the Northern Ireland goal.

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