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Northern Ireland 3-0 Israel: Davis, Dallas and Whyte score in friendly win
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Northern Ireland 3-0 Israel: Davis, Dallas and Whyte score in friendly win

Stuart Dallas and Gavin Whyte scored in Northern Ireland’s win over Israel

Substitute Gavin Whyte scored with his first touch in international football as Northern Ireland beat Israel 3-0 in Tuesday’s friendly in Belfast.

Whyte, 22, who recently joined Oxford United from Irish League club Crusaders, scored 106 seconds after coming on to make his debut.

Earlier skipper Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas had given Michael O’Neill’s side a 2-0 interval advantage.

Last Saturday NI lost 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the new Nations League.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill had called on his squad to be more clinical in front of goal after squandering a series of openings in that defeat, and they responded in style against an admittedly limited Israeli team ranked 66 places below them in the Fifa standings.

The hosts had found the net only three times in their previous seven outings, failing to score in five of those, but their new expansive style of play paid dividends in securing a confidence-boosting win.

Northern Ireland have now won four and drawn five of their 10 meetings with Israel and triumphed in six of their last seven home friendlies.

More to follow.

Source BBC News

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