Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland: Lafferty double sinks Fins

first_img1 Northern Ireland took a giant step towards Euro 2016 qualification with a 2-1 victory over Finland at Windsor Park.Kyle Lafferty scored twice in the hosts’ impressive win, making him the nation’s second highest goalscorer behind David Healy, which sends them five points clear of third-placed Hungary and eight points ahead of Finland.With 24 teams set to compete at the tournament next summer, a top-two finish would be enough for automatic qualification while third is worth a play-off tie.Michael O’Neill’s side made a nervy start as Teemu Pukki tested Roy Carroll with a close range effort, but Northern Ireland responded with several attacks of their own.Chris Baird’s header was ruled out on nine minutes, before Lafferty’s angled volley arrowed into the bottom corner mid-way through the first half.Then, five minutes later, the former Rangers forward doubled his tally with a cushioned header after neat interplay between Conor McLaughlin and Jamie Ward.An abject Finland then provided a tense finale when Berat Sadik profited from Carroll’s wayward parry to tap in.But Northern Ireland held on for all three points in what could be a defining game in their attempt for qualification. Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland: Lafferty double sinks Fins last_img

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