Estonia 0-1 Northern Ireland: Shane Ferguson Thunderbolt In Drab Friendly Gives Ian Baraclough’s Men Back-To-Back Wins

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Northern Ireland made it back-to-back wins in the Baltics ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Switzerland. Shane Ferguson lit up a dull friendly in Tallinn with a spectacular strike.

When the 30-year-old Rotherham defender came on to replace Jamal Lewis 10 minutes after half-time and was awarded the captain’s armband by skipper Niall McGinn to honour his 50th cap, breaking the deadlock was probably the last thing on his mind.

Ferguson had not scored an international goal in nine years, when he scored against Finland.

In the 75th minute, though, Northern Ireland pushed the ball out to the left flank, and Ferguson took advantage of the opportunity to progress into space and shoot from 25 yards.

Matvei Igonen, the goalkeeper, managed to get a hand on the ball, but it only managed to hit the inside of the post on its way into the net.

‘You couldn’t write it,’ said Ferguson. ‘To make my 50th cap was a big night for me and my family, and I’m delighted to score and get the result.

Source: Daily Mail

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