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Thursday 17 August 2017

Lafferty pays tribute

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Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty paid tribute to the team's effort after he starred in a 2-1 win over Finland yesterday

Lafferty's first-half brace was enough to win the game for Michael O'Neill's side and keep them a point behind European Championship qulifying group F leaders Romania, who beat the Faroe Islands 1-0.

They had to endure a nervous finish after Berat Sadik's late goal but held on for victory.

Lafferty said: "It was obviously nervous but we deserved to win the game. It was excellent today, the attitude, the heart and the performance."

The Turkish-based frontman's first goal was an excellent volley on the turn before he nodded in the second, taking him second among his country's all-time leading scorers ahead of Colin Clarke and Billy Gillespie.

And he said: "Obviously it's all going right for me at the minute and I'm enjoying it."

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