With a 2-1 win over Lithuania at Svangaskarð Stadium in Toftir, the Faroe Islands won their first competitive international since 2001 when they beat Luxembourg at Svangaskarð Stadium.
The Faroes took the lead on 12 minutes when Súni Olsen bombarded a free kick into the back of the net from just outside the penalty area (Olsen also scored on a spectacular free kick from 35 metres in the 3-1 loss to the same opposition in 2003).
20 minutes through the match Lithuania pulled level on a penalty from Tomas Danilevicius after Faroese central defender Bartal Eliasen had brought a Lithuaninan down with a clumsy challenge.
But the Faroes restored their lead just after the half hour mark when Arnbjørn Hansen head home from a Jákup á Borg corner.
The 2-1 lead at half time was well deserved it must be said as it were the Faroes who had created the better opportunities, because although Lithuania had much possession they rarely threatened Mikkelsen’s goal.
But the second half was a different story as Lithuania put heavy pressure on the Faroese goal during almost the entire 45 minutes.
But either Lithuania finished wide or over, or the shot was blocked by a Faroese defender. And when they got through the defence, Jákup Mikkelsen made the save. This was Jákup Mikkelsen’s last home match for the Faroe Islands as he is retiring at the end of the qualifying round.
There was some luck needed in the second half to hold on to the 3 points; maybe it was Brian Kerr who brought the luck of the Irish with him.