BELFAST (AFP) - Northern Ireland kept their campaign to reach the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa on track with a 3-2 qualifying win over Poland at Windsor Park here on Saturday. Warren Feeney put the home side ahead after 10 minute before Poland drew level when Northern Ireland goalkeeper Maik Taylor failed to stop a shot from Ireneusz Jelen. But Jonny Evans restored Northern Ireland's lead early in the second-half and they increased their advantage to 3-1 after a back-pass from Michal Zelakow bobbled past goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Southampton striker Marek Saganowski pulled a goal back in stoppage time but it was too late to deny Northern Ireland the win. Victory left Nigel Worthington's team top of Europe zone qualifying group three with 10 points although they have now played two matches more than second-placed Slovakia, who were thrashed 4-0 by England in a friendly on Saturday. Asked whether Northern Ireland were now on course for the World Cup, Evans told Sky Sports: "I think it was back on track in the two previous games, we got six points from them. "It was a big game and we hope we can do the same again on Wednesday (against Slovenia)," the Manchester United central defender added. An elated Feeney said: "It means a lot to score," he said. "But all the lads from back to front were phenomenal. We are happy with the result and I think we deserved it." Boruc was the target of persistent verbal abuse from home fans. Nicknamed the 'Holy Goalie' the Celtic keeper, who is, in common with the overwhelming majority of the club's fans, a Roman Catholic has often found himself in trouble for making provocative gestures towards supporters of their Glasgow rivals Rangers, the bulk of whom are Protestants. It was no surprise that in Belfast, where the sectarian divide is even deeper than in Glasgow, Boruc was singled out for abuse by Northern Ireland's mainly Protestant fan base. But Poland coach Leo Beenhakker insisted the taunts had not led to Boruc's error. "We are talking about a goalkeeper who is very experienced," said the veteran Dutch boss. "If you play for Poland and in the Champions League, I do not think he would be worried about this situation. "If he was 20 and playing for the international team for first time maybe that might be the case but not with Artur. "As a manager you cannot legislate for personal mistakes and technically it was a very poor game. "Northern Ireland's first goal was a present but we reacted in a positive way. Even when they scored a second I was totally confident we could get something from the game. But the third goal killed us." On a sour note, Northern Ireland could face action from world governing body FIFA for an incident which saw play held up for more than two minutes after a linesman was struck on the head by a coin thrown from a section of the crowd containing home fans.