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In pictures: GAWA rediscovers its roar to push Northern Ireland to late win over Belarus

A Northern Ireland fan helps lift the atmosphere at Windsor Park.
A Northern Ireland fan helps lift the atmosphere at Windsor Park.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Irelands fans during this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Irelands fans during this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Irelands fans during this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Ireland fan during this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Irelands fans during this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Irelands fans during this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Irelands fans during this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 24/03/2019 Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifier Northern Irelands fans enjoying this evenings game at the National Stadium Windsor Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
A Northern Ireland fan in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 24, 2019. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th March 2019 European Championship 2020 Qualifying Round at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast. Northern Ireland Vs Belarus. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 24: A Northern Ireland fan celebrates during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group C qualifying match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park on March 24, 2019 in Belfast, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th March 2018 UEFA EURO 2020 QUALIFIER Northern Ireland v Belarus, Windsor Park, Belfast. The Hannan family from Newtownstewart arrive for the game. From left; Tristian, Judith, Zara and Jay Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th March 2019 European Championship 2020 Qualifying Round at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast. Northern Ireland Vs Belarus. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 24th March 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Northern Ireland Melanie Johnston and Andrew Topley from Portadown during Sunday night's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park,Belfast Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th March 2018 UEFA EURO 2020 QUALIFIER Northern Ireland v Belarus, Windsor Park, Belfast. Northern Ireland fans Ryley, Scott and Billie Clarke from Belfast arrive for the game Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 24th March 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Northern Ireland Melanie Johnston and Andrew Topley from Portadown during Sunday night's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park,Belfast Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th March 2018 UEFA EURO 2020 QUALIFIER Northern Ireland v Belarus, Windsor Park, Belfast. Northern Ireland fans Eli and Olly Graham arrive for the game Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 24th March 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Northern Ireland fan Garth Magee from Ballymoney during Sunday night's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park,Belfast Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 24th March 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Northern Ireland fan Benjamin Davis, 8, from Newtownards during Sunday night's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park,Belfast Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
A Northern Ireland fan in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 24, 2019. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

After Thursday's win over Estonia, there were softly-spoken whispers that Northern Ireland's famous Green and White Army had lost its voice.

After a gruelling 2018 that brought just two wins from nine fixtures, the usual deafening noise had been conspicuous by its absence for the most part of Windsor Park's first international of the new year.

Fast forward three days and it was back.

There's little doubting the cacophony of noise has an impact on both sets of players, Belarus goalkeeper Andrei Klimovich pressured into hoiking a kick into the stand on more than one occasion on Sunday evening while George Saville admitted afterwards that the home players were given an 'extra push' by the support.

As the players took to the pitch, the roar of 'Green and White Army' was louder than anything heard during the win over Estonia and was a reminder of what it's really supposed to be like at Windsor.

The tone had been set and the fans lived up to their own billing, booing every period of sustained pressure enjoyed by the opposition, roaring home Jonny Evans' opener and responding to Belarus' fortunate equaliser the only way they knew how; by turning up the volume as soon as the ball hit the net.

If anything summed up the attitude of the home support, it was that moment. It would be easy for heads to drop - on the pitch and in the stands - but before Northern Ireland had even kicked-off the restart, the fans were up and louder than ever. In that arena, it's impossible for players not to be lifted.

And just when it appeared it would be a frustrating evening all said and done, Josh Magennis made the Kop erupt as the famous home end sucked the substitute's 87th minute effort into the net - just reward for the efforts by all concerned.

If there had been any doubt on Thursday, the GAWA responded on Sunday.

Have a look through our fan gallery above and see if you know anyone who was snapped.

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