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How the Northern Ireland players rated in friendly victory over Luxembourg

Northern Ireland's players celebrate what proved to be a match-winning own goal.
Northern Ireland's players celebrate what proved to be a match-winning own goal.

Ratings by Ian Cahoon

It was a game that, in truth, won't live long in the memory of anyone except for the three senior Northern Ireland debutants at Windsor Park.

But a win's a win and that's exactly what Northern Ireland delivered with a 1-0 friendly victory over Luxembourg.

So how did the inviduals fare?

Starting XI

Bailey Peacock-Farrell 7: Little to do in the first half, but showed good handling and composure when he was busier at the start of the second period.

Conor McLaughlin 7: It was a typically assured performance from the Sunderland defender, although a bigger test certainly awaits against the Germans.

Tom Flanagan 7: Composed at the back, helping to marshal a very inexperienced central defensive pairing, ensuring a clean sheet for Michael O’Neill’s men.

Ciaron Brown 6: The Cardiff City defender showed a little inexperience when caught in possession a few times in the first half but grew into the game well.

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Northern Ireland's Ciaran Maurice Brown in action during the friendly at Windsor Park on September 5th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Shane Ferguson 7: The Millwall man provided balance for the team on the left and was keen to join the attack from full-back where possible.

Corry Evans 7: A proud night for the Blackburn midfielder as he captained the inexperienced side. A solid hour before being replaced.

Jordan Thompson 7: An industrious performance in the midfield engine room and showed good care with the ball. Could and should have scored in the second half.

George Saville 7: Had a hand in the opener as he headed across goal and looked a threat when he was able to get higher up the pitch.

Gavin Whyte 7: Looked dangerous on the right, where he had the beating of the full-back. The former Crusaders man seemed to tire as the second half wore on.

Josh Magennis 7: A typically hard-working display. Played as the target man in the first half, but switched to the left. No real opportunities to threaten the goal.

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Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis and Luxembourg's Laurent Jans in action during the friendly at Windsor Park on September 5th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Kyle Lafferty 6: Asked to operate on the left flank, which he did admirably, but without much threat. Valuable minutes for the frontman, however.

Substitutes

Shayne Lavery (Lafferty 60) 7: A real livewire, kept defenders on their toes.

Alfie McCalmont (Saville 60) 6: A valuable taste of senior football at Windsor.

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Northern Ireland's Alfie McCalmont during his international debut.

Michael McGovern (Peacock-Farrell 67) 6: Very little to do for the Norwich stopper.

Liam Donnelly (Corry Evans 67) 6: Operated confidently in the middle of the park.

Steven Davis 6 (Thompson 87) 6:  A brief run out for the skipper.

Ethan Galbraith (Whyte 88) 6: Barely time to make an impact.

Unused Subs: Trevor Carson, Jamal Lewis, Niall McGinn, Mark Sykes, Robert Burns, Paddy McNair.

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