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Lionesses defeat Shiels Aces in front of a record crowd at Windsor Park

ELLA TOONE scored her tenth goal for England as the Lionesses went on to win eight in eight World Cup qualifiers.

Suspenders worn by Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway were among the efforts that saw the team beat Northern Ireland 5-0.

Ella Toone scored England's second goal against Northern Ireland

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Ella Toone scored England’s second goal against Northern IrelandPhoto credit: Getty
Lauren Hemp scored twice to take her goal tally to six for the Lionesses

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Lauren Hemp scored twice to take her goal tally to six for the LionessesPhoto credit: Getty

The result saw the World Championship Kenny Shiels’ side all but ended their hopes as the team now looks ahead to their first ever European Championship campaign.

And it works England He needed just one point to qualify for the tournament, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand next year.

Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman said: “We were really good as a team today. We dominated even more than in October.

“We’re constantly trying to network and the competitiveness of the players on this team is so high.

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“I think the 5-0 result is great, 5-0. It’s a very mature performance from us.

“We dominated the game for the whole 90 minutes and were hoping to score more goals in the first half, but four goals in the second half is very nice to see.”

England appeared to strike in the early minutes in front of a record crowd of 15,348 at Windsor Park.

This came from Ella Toone with a low shot before Kelsie Burrows intervened with a tackle around the second minute.

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And the hosts looked to capitalize on Jess Carter’s slip, with Lauren Wade firing towards the area before Millie Bright and Leah Williamson helped regain the ball.

Northern Ireland The bullish defense early on – led by Sarah McFadden and Julie Nelson – kept the visitors at bay for a while.

Ellen White, who is currently level with Harry Kane in her goals for England, saw her attempts at shooting thwarted by McFadden in the 17th Minute.

And the striker was disallowed a goal shortly after after burying a rebound from Beth Mead’s shot on the edge of the box.

Sarah McFadden made an impressive defensive shift for Northern Ireland in the first half

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Sarah McFadden made an impressive defensive shift for Northern Ireland in the first halfPhoto credit: Getty

England finally broke through when Hemp put them ahead in the 24th minute.

The winger’s worn chip flew over the head of goalkeeper Jackie Burns to break the deadlock.

McFadden made another key interception, blocking Leah Williamson’s dangerous cross just after the half-hour.

This happened just before Hemp landed his head on the end of Lucy Bronze’s cross before nodding the ball minutes before half-time.

In the second half, Wiegman’s team upped the pressure by upping the pace of their passing game.

And they got their rewards when Toone set them up with a composed finish after Bronze’s spot-on cross.

After Mary Earps’ first save of the game, England went 3-0 up with Hemp Burns rounding in the 60th Minute.

And Stanway made it four with a pounding punch in the 70th minute before registering her brace nine minutes later.

Georgia Stanway scored a brace in the second half as England sent on their hosts at Windsor Park

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Georgia Stanway scored a brace in the second half as England sent on their hosts at Windsor ParkPhoto credit: Getty

She did so with her low shot, which found the bottom corner after the hosts tried to get the ball out of harm’s way.

After conceding 5-0, England remain on pole in Group D with their eighth goal.

And the team coached by Sarina Wiegman is undefeated, with the next games against the Netherlands and Belgium in June.

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