Aaron Hughes scored his first goal for Northern Ireland at his 77th attempt Wednesday in a 4-0 victory over the Faeroe Islands in European Championship qualifying.

After the captain's fifth-minute goal, Steven Davis, Patrick McCourt and Patrick McCourt netted in the second half.

The victory lifted Northern Ireland to third in Euro 2012 Group C, two points behind Slovenia with a game in hand.

Italy has a five-point lead in the group, while the Faeroe Islands is bottom.