Goals from Gareth McAuley, Grant McCann and Chris Brunt tonight secured a comfortable 3-0 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying win for Northern Ireland in San Marino

However, Northern Ireland's Group 3 fixture in Poland next month looks set to be a selection poser as Kyle Lafferty, Steven Davis and George McCartney were all ruled out after being booked. More than 1,000 supporters travelled from Northern Ireland to see their team play in this tiny country and they were rewarded a comprehensive victory.

McAuley smashed a superb half-volley into the net following a corner from McCann after six minutes, and McCann himself got a goal in the 32nd minute, firing a shot home from 18 metres after Martin Paterson's effort was blocked. Substitute Brunt made his presence felt with their third goal in the 63rd minute from a 25-metre free-kick.

Northern Ireland coach Nigel Worthington will be encouraged by this display, which keeps his side in the hunt for the finals in South Africa next year.