Shayne Lavery in action against Luxembourg (c) Presseye


Linfield’s Shayne Lavery became the first player from the Danske Bank Premiership to win full international honours for Northern Ireland since 2017, in tonight’s friendly against Luxembourg.

The diminutive forward came on as a substitute for Kyle Lafferty after 60 minutes for his second international cap.

Michael O’Neill’s side won the game at the National Stadium at Windsor Park by a single goal, thanks to a fortuitous own goal by visiting defender Kevin Malget on 37 minutes.

Lavery’s appearance succeeds that of Roy Carroll (also of Linfield) who featured for Northern Ireland in their friendly against New Zealand in June 2017.

Two former NI Football League alumni featured in the friendly win as Gavin Whyte (formerly of Crusaders) started with Liam Donnelly (ex-Dungannon Swifts) came off the bench whilst Niall McGinn (ex-Dungannon Swifts), Mark Sykes (ex-Glenavon) and Bobby Burns (ex-Glenavon) were all unused substitutes.

Northern Ireland face Germany on Monday at Windsor Park in their latest European qualifying match.

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