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Friday 15 December 2017

Lafferty pays tribute as Northern Ireland edge close to finals

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty

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 only 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 told Sky Sports 5: "It was obviously nervous but we deserved to win the game.

"It was excellent today, the attitude, the heart and the team 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.

"The first goal, I decided to hit it first time."

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