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Northern Ireland player ratings: Our take on the performances as Rangers-bound Jordan Jones stars against Estonia

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 21: Jordan Jones of Northern Ireland runs with the ball during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group C qualifying match between Northern Ireland and Estonia at Windsor Park on March 21, 2019 in Belfast, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 21: Jordan Jones of Northern Ireland runs with the ball during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group C qualifying match between Northern Ireland and Estonia at Windsor Park on March 21, 2019 in Belfast, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland picked up their first competitive victory since September 2017 on Thursday night, seeing off Estonia 2-0.

But how did the individual players fare?

Here are the Belfast Telegraph Digital ratings:

Starting XI

Bailey Peacock-Farrell 7: Had little to do on his return to the side, but when he was called into action with a one-on-one save in the second half, he was off his line very smartly to deny Henri Anier

Jamal Lewis 7: With little to worry about defensively the Norwich man got forward regularly to offer support to Jones.

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Northern Ireland's Jamal Lewis , Jonny Evans and Estonia's Henri Anier in action during the Euro Qualifier at Windsor Park on March 21th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Jonny Evans 6: Neat and tidy as usual, and largely untroubled as NI dominated almost entirely

Craig Cathcart 7: Dealt well with a number of long balls and was quick to look to get his side moving the other way again with some impressive passing. Went close to scoring in the first half but just couldn't get enough power on his header.

Stuart Dallas 7: A busy presence from the unfamiliar role of right-back but proved his worth a supported Niall McGinn in what could prove a fruitful partnership against the weaker opposition.

George Saville 6: Some big runs from the three-man midfield and did well to win the penalty, although should have slipped in Jones in the build-up to the foul.

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Northern Ireland's George Saville and Estonia's Gert Kams in action during the Euro Qualifier at Windsor Park on March 21th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Steven Davis 8: Strong and stable. Kept the side ticking over with his usual array of passing, and ended the game as a contest with his decisive penalty.

Paddy McNair 7: He will still be shaking his head in disbelief at his missed header, but he offered a solid attacking threat. Should be an ever-present in the line-up.

Jordan Jones 9: MOTM. A constant threat down the left with his pin-point crosses and quick feet. Also proved his worth in Northern Ireland's new style, leading the early press.

Niall McGinn 9: A lively presence from the start and the man to break the deadlock with, hard to believe as it is, his first NI goal at Windsor. Jones and McGinn will be hard to displace from the wings.

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Kyle Lafferty 5: Struggled to make an impact between Estonia's towering defenders, though did well to set up McGinn's opener.

Substitutes

Josh Magennis (for Lafferty 76) 7: Warmed the hands of the goalkeeper with a couple of late shots and controlled a high ball like Messi. Should come in for Sunday.

Shane Ferguson (for Jones, 81) 6: Little time to impress but did make one good run.

Conor McLaughlin (for McGinn, 84) 6: No time to shine.

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