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Euro 2016 Qualifier - Northern Ireland Vs  Hungary at Windsor Park, Belfast.  Northern Ireland legend David Healy watching the match with fans.

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Euro 2016 Qualifier - Northern Ireland Vs Hungary at Windsor Park, Belfast. Northern Ireland legend David Healy watching the match with fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

J McLorn with his son David at Windsor Park. Pic: J McLorn

J McLorn with his son David at Windsor Park. Pic: J McLorn

Northern Ireland fans  during this evenings game at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland fans during this evenings game at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland fans  during this evenings game at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland fans during this evenings game at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland's fans during the game at Windsor Park in Belfast.  Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland's fans during the game at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland's fans during today's game at Windsor Park in Belfast.  Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland's fans during today's game at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland's fans before the game at Windsor Park in Belfast.  Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland's fans before the game at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland's fans before the game at Windsor Park in Belfast.  Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland's fans before the game at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland fans George King with twin son's Mason and Christain before the match against Hungary during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group  F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland fans George King with twin son's Mason and Christain before the match against Hungary during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland fans (L-R) Charlotte Cummings with her father Paul and sister Zoe from Antrim. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland fans (L-R) Charlotte Cummings with her father Paul and sister Zoe from Antrim. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Mason King (12) with his father George King, twin brother Christian and Daren Leighton from Donegal Pass. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Mason King (12) with his father George King, twin brother Christian and Daren Leighton from Donegal Pass. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland fans (L-R) Ethan Gibson(14), Lewis Orr-McCauley(16), Mathew Gibson(12), Samantha Orr-McCauley(6) and Grant Orr-McCauley(11). Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland fans (L-R) Ethan Gibson(14), Lewis Orr-McCauley(16), Mathew Gibson(12), Samantha Orr-McCauley(6) and Grant Orr-McCauley(11). Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland v Hungary at Windsor Park, Belfast.  Northern Ireland fans Mark Paul with his son Rhys and Gary from Newtownabbey. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland v Hungary at Windsor Park, Belfast. Northern Ireland fans Mark Paul with his son Rhys and Gary from Newtownabbey. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland fan Daniel Gracey (5) Ballymoney during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group  F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland fan Daniel Gracey (5) Ballymoney during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Buddy and Mylo watching at home. Photo: Kristine Hill

Buddy and Mylo watching at home. Photo: Kristine Hill

David McLorn before going to Windsor Park. Photo: J McLorn

David McLorn before going to Windsor Park. Photo: J McLorn

Rory Beattie (8 months) getting ready to watch the match. Photo: Linda Taylor

Rory Beattie (8 months) getting ready to watch the match. Photo: Linda Taylor

Husband and wife Neil and Lorainne Fentie  are looking forward to the big match against Hungary at Windsor Park. Picture Matt Bohill.

Husband and wife Neil and Lorainne Fentie are looking forward to the big match against Hungary at Windsor Park. Picture Matt Bohill.

Northern Ireland fans Matthew Kernaghan, James Abraham, Ryan Blakely and Ben Speers cant wait for the big match at Windsor Park. Photo: Matt Bohill Pacemaker Press.

Northern Ireland fans Matthew Kernaghan, James Abraham, Ryan Blakely and Ben Speers cant wait for the big match at Windsor Park. Photo: Matt Bohill Pacemaker Press.

Little Jake Quinn who is to lead out the Hungarian national team at Windsor Park cheers on Northern Ireland on top of his dad Graham Quinn's shoulders. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker Press.

Little Jake Quinn who is to lead out the Hungarian national team at Windsor Park cheers on Northern Ireland on top of his dad Graham Quinn's shoulders. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker Press.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill ahead of the match against Hungary during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill ahead of the match against Hungary during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland Niall  McGinn, Stuart Dallas and Josh Magennis ahead of the match against  Hungary    during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group  F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland Niall McGinn, Stuart Dallas and Josh Magennis ahead of the match against Hungary during Monday night's UEFA EURO 2016 Group F Qualifier at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

Northern Ireland players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015  Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

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Hungary manager Bernd Storck during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Hungary manager Bernd Storck during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015  Photo by William Cherry

Hungary players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Hungary players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015  Photo by William Cherry

Hungary players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Hungary players during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015  Photo by William Cherry

Hungary manager Bernd Storck during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Hungary manager Bernd Storck during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015  Photo by William Cherry

Hungary manager Bernd Storck during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Hungary manager Bernd Storck during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Baird during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Chris Baird during Sundays training session at Windsor Park ahead of Monday nights Euro 2016 Qualifier against Hungary.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (right) at this morning's training session - Hungary awaits. Picture - David Hunter.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (right) at this morning's training session - Hungary awaits. Picture - David Hunter.

Hungary on the horizon as Northern Ireland train at Windsor Park. Picture - David Hunter.

Hungary on the horizon as Northern Ireland train at Windsor Park. Picture - David Hunter.

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Euro 2016 Qualifier - Northern Ireland Vs Hungary at Windsor Park, Belfast. Northern Ireland legend David Healy watching the match with fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Just as it has been throughout the campaign Kyle Lafferty is the name on the lips of Northern Ireland fans this morning.

Lafferty's last gasp equaliser rescued an unlikely point for the 10 men and kept fans dreaming of a trip to Fance next summer.

It seemed like the fans' bubble had been burst by Richard Guzmis' second half goal, which was followed by Chris Baird's red card.

The atmosphere was flat going into added time, but the partially developed ground erupted with Lafferty's close- range finish.

In the build-up to last night's game Michael O'Neill and his players had spoken about how much they needed the fans and they responded. The atmosphere created was reminiscent of that now famous night 10 years ago when England, Beckham and all, were humbled in Belfast in a 1-0 defeat.

And once again it was a Northern Ireland striker with the all-important goal.

"Arise Sir Kyle Lafferty!" said Mark Hill from Maghaberry.

"Putting it into perspective, we were guaranteed a play-off spot before we kicked a ball with three games to go. With two games to go, we top the group.

"Coming from the disastrous World Cup campaign, any Northern Ireland fan, player, coach would have snapped your hand for that pre-qualifiers.

"Credit to Hungary, they were extremely difficult to break down all evening and upped the tempo in the second half at the right time.

"Minus Baird, Lafferty and McLaughlin won't be ideal against the Greeks, but we have form players to come in"

Referee Cuneyt Cakir, the same official who controversially sent Nani off in Sir Alex Ferguson's last European game at Old Trafford, also came in for criticism from the crowd after Baird's red card.

"Baird probably made two bad challenges but you never see a player given two yellows for the same phase of play," Carl Winslow said.

"He was fussy all night and threw out yellow cards like they were going out of fashion. Why was it not a sending off for the player lashing out at Gareth McAuley late on?

"We kept plugging away and we showed great character in the circumstances, it was as a good as a win with the way things panned out.

"We're going to go into the Greece game a bit patched up, but again a draw will do us, so that will maybe take the pressure off."

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) celebrates with Shane Long (9) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) celebrates with Shane Long (9) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan (right) and Georgia's Valeri Kazaishvili battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan (right) and Georgia's Valeri Kazaishvili battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick (right) and Georgia's Solomon Kverkvelia during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick (right) and Georgia's Solomon Kverkvelia during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan and Georgia's Tornike Okriashvili (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan and Georgia's Tornike Okriashvili (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Georgia goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili punches the ball clear from Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark (centre) and Shane Long during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Georgia goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili punches the ball clear from Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark (centre) and Shane Long during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (centre) battles for the ball with Georgia's Guram Kashia (left) and Jaba Kankava during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (centre) battles for the ball with Georgia's Guram Kashia (left) and Jaba Kankava during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Georgia's Solomon Kvirkvelia (left) and Republic of Ireland's Jon Walters battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Georgia's Solomon Kvirkvelia (left) and Republic of Ireland's Jon Walters battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Georgia's Jaba Kankava (left) and Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Georgia's Jaba Kankava (left) and Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan battle for the ball during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Republic of Ireland's striker Jon Walters (L) vies with Georgia's midfielder Georgi Navalovski during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. Republic of Ireland won the game 1-0. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland's striker Jon Walters (L) vies with Georgia's midfielder Georgi Navalovski during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. Republic of Ireland won the game 1-0. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Republic of Ireland's striker Shane Long (centre left) jumps for the ball as Georgia's goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili punches clear during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland's striker Shane Long (centre left) jumps for the ball as Georgia's goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili punches clear during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Republic of Ireland's players celebrate their first goal during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland's players celebrate their first goal during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Republic of Ireland's defender Seamus Coleman (L) vies with Georgia's midfielder Georgi Navalovski (R) during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland's defender Seamus Coleman (L) vies with Georgia's midfielder Georgi Navalovski (R) during the Euro 2016 qualifying group D football match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Winning goalscorer Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland celebrates with Robbie Brady after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Winning goalscorer Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland celebrates with Robbie Brady after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Aleksandr Amisulashvili of Georgia clears the ball from Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Aleksandr Amisulashvili of Georgia clears the ball from Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jaba Kankava of Georgia holds off Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Jaba Kankava of Georgia holds off Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Martin O'Neill manager of the Republic of Ireland reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Martin O'Neill manager of the Republic of Ireland reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) beats Giorgi Navalovski (22) and goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili of Georgia (12) to score their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) beats Giorgi Navalovski (22) and goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili of Georgia (12) to score their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Zurab Khizanishvili of Georgia challenges Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Zurab Khizanishvili of Georgia challenges Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jaba Kankava of Georgia holds off Glenn Whelan of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Jaba Kankava of Georgia holds off Glenn Whelan of the Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Solomon Kvirkvelia of Georgia and Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Solomon Kvirkvelia of Georgia and Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  (L-R) Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland, Jaba Kankava of Georgia and Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland, Jaba Kankava of Georgia and Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  (L-R) Ucha Lobjanidze of Georgia, Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland, Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland and Jaba Kankava of Georgia battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Ucha Lobjanidze of Georgia, Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland, Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland and Jaba Kankava of Georgia battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  (L-R) Ucha Lobjanidze of Georgia, Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland, Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland and Jaba Kankava of Georgia battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Ucha Lobjanidze of Georgia, Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland, Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland and Jaba Kankava of Georgia battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  (L-R) Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Jonathan Walters and John O'Shea of the Republic of Ireland line up prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Jonathan Walters and John O'Shea of the Republic of Ireland line up prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Ireland players line up prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Ireland players line up prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) celebrates with Shane Long (9) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The Hungarians goal was, in large part, due to a mistake from Michael McGovern. Fans had sympathy for the Hamilton stopper, however.

"When McGovern had the ball in his hands and dropped it everyone feared the worst," Alan Burgess said.

"But again, Kyle Lafferty steps up in the last minute and draws the game and keeps Hungary away from us in the group and with Romania drawing it ended up an ok night.

Andrew Scullion, from Millbrook added: "I thought we controlled the game for 70 minutes, it was a very unfortunate way to give away a goal."

"I think to qualify for a major tournament sometimes you have to show guts and desire to get over the line.

"This was maybe the first setback we have had during the campaign but when we went behind the experienced players stood up and were counted.

"I thought Steve Davis had a storming game in the middle of the park and Kyle Lafferty popped up with a priceless goal."

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