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Double Irish Joy for Lafferty

Northern Ireland comfortably beat Georgia 4-1 in a friendly match at Windsor Park last night with Clarets striker, Kyle Lafferty getting a brace of goals in the first-half before being substituted at the start of the second-half.

Lafferty put Northern Ireland 1-0 up in the 25th minute at the start of a 15 minute first half spell that saw Northern Ireland score three times.

David Healy was quick to take advantage of a Georgian blunder and tapped the ball forward to find Steven Davis, His perfect pass to Lafferty was side-footed into the net from 12 yards.

Healy made it 2-0 seven minutes later unleashing a shot which defected off AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze and past keeper Georgi Makaridze. It was turning out to be a good night for Healy. UEFA president Michel Platini had presented Healy with a special award for scoring a record 13 goals during the Euro 2008 qualifiers. He had come close to scoring four times in the first 25 minutes, had assisted in the build up to the first goal, scored the second and was about to assist directly in the third goal.

Lafferty got in front of his marker to head home from an inch-perfect cross by Healy to score on 36 minutes and put Nigel Worthington`s men up 3-0 up.

Worthington made two half-time changes with Crewe's Michael O'Connor coming on for his debut in place of Damien Johnson and double goal scoring hero, Lafferty making way for Warren Feeney.

Healy then had a bit of bad luck to spoil his night a bit as Georgia pulled one back from a penalty. Debutant, O`Connor handled the ball after 55 minutes following a cross to concede the penalty. The penalty from Levan Tskitishvili's spot-kick was actually saved by the keeper but Taylor pushed the ball onto a post and Healy slid the ball into his own net trying to clear the rebound to record an own-goal.

A double substitution saw Linfield midfielder Michael Gault come on for his International debut with Thompson also coming on as Healy and Davis made way after 70 minutes.

Linfield forward Peter Thompson scored his first International goal from close-range just three minutes from time to make the final score 4-1.

It was a good night for Kyle Lafferty though despite being substituted at the start of the second half. His brace of goals also contributed to him winning the BBC Sport Player Rater Man of the Match Award.

In another International friendly last night, Graham Alexander found himself on the bench for Scotland`s game against Croatia for most of the match. He did come on for the final 10 minutes replacing Darren Fletcher as Scotland managed a 1-1 draw.

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Thursday March 27 2008
Time: 8:59AM

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Sounds quite an entertaining game, well done to Laffs! Perhaps he could start scoring for us now although we maybe have to play him in attack rather than on the wing before he can do that with much regularity
turfmanphil
27/03/2008 09:02:00
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Whenever I've seen him play for Northern Ireland he does really well and scores for them, but for you guys he rarely scores, but you play him as a left winger.
StevieG Col U
27/03/2008 10:33:00
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Yeah we have a shortage out left and Lafferty has been playing there. He is sometimes moved into centre when Cole, Akinbiyi and/or Blake not around/substituted. No doubt about it, he prefers a central role but until we get a decent left winger, we have fewer options
turfmanphil
27/03/2008 10:38:00
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"I was delighted for Kyle Lafferty to get a couple of goals and he knows he has to keep doing that" said Worthington.
turfmanphil
27/03/2008 11:58:00
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Better watch out Jim Magilton will take him to Ipswich, building a little Irish community there,
quietman
01/04/2008 08:03:00
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He's yours for £5 million plus Lee!!
turfmanphil
01/04/2008 11:33:00
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