European Championship Qualifying - Group F
Hungary1Northern Ireland2

Hungary 1-2 Northern Ireland

Hungary's Zoltan Liptak competes against Jamie Ward of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland's next qualifier is against the Faroe Islands in October
  • All three goals scored in the last 15 minutes
  • Former Watford striker Priskin put Hungary ahead
  • Two goals in seven minutes by McGinn and Lafferty

Northern Ireland snatched a first away win in four years as they began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a priceless victory over Hungary.

Tamas Priskin forced in a close-range header from a corner 15 minutes from time to edge Hungary in front.

But sub Niall McGinn levelled and Kyle Lafferty claimed the winner in the 88th minute, although the last touch may have been off a defender.

It was their first away win in 18 matches.

Northern Ireland's last victory on the road was a 1-0 win over Slovenia in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier.

Boss Michael O'Neill will be relieved as it appeared an encouraging display in Budapest was to go unrewarded.

Seventh heaven for Northern Ireland
On 7 September, 2005, David Healy scored as Northern Ireland beat England 1-0 in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup
This win in Hungary was Northern Ireland's first competitive away victory since September 2010, ending a run of nine games without a win
It was also the first time they have scored in five away internationals

Before the match, Northern Ireland probably would have settled for a draw but, having seen Hungary's limitations during the match, O'Neill must have known the chance for victory was there for the taking.

This was the start of O'Neill's second qualifying campaign as NI manager and, having started the first by taking only one from a possible nine, he will be jubilant with this result.

Corry Evans should have given them the lead just before half-time but he skied over after Jamie Ward's effort had been parried by former Liverpool reserve team goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

As the second half wore on Hungary, regularly booed by home supporters, came into the game more and they looked set to take the points when former Watford striker Priskin headed home a 74th-minute corner from just a couple of yards out.

It seemed to be the same old story for Northern Ireland but two goals in the last 10 minutes turned the game on its head.

Front man Lafferty was instrumental in the equaliser, coming deep for the ball before charging forward.

He broke into the penalty area and passed across goal for McGinn to tap home unchallenged.

Even better was to come for the 1100 visiting supporters as Lafferty battled with a home defender to bundle in at the back post from McGinn's ball in.

The 88th-minute finish was hardly elegant but for Northern Ireland it could not have been sweeter.

Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty's winner was his first Northern Ireland goal since 2012
Niall McGinn
Niall McGinn, who equalised, last scored in a 1-1 draw with Portugal two years ago
Hungary
Tamas Priskin, who opened the scoring, previously played for Watford, Preston, Ipswich, QPR, Swansea and Derby County

Line-ups

Hungary

  • 12Gulacsi
  • 3VanczakBooked at 35mins
  • 5Liptak
  • 23Juhasz
  • 15GyurcsoSubstituted forLovrencsicsat 59'minutes
  • 8Varga
  • 7Dzsudzsák
  • 11Tozser
  • 14Balogh
  • 17NikolicSubstituted forPriskinat 45'minutes
  • 10RudolfSubstituted forKovacsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 2Heffler
  • 4Lang
  • 6Korhut
  • 9Lovrencsics
  • 13Kalmar
  • 16Varga
  • 18Kovacs
  • 19Priskin
  • 20Zsidai
  • 21Korcsmár
  • 22Dibusz

Northern Ireland

  • 1Carroll
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4McAuleySubstituted forCathcartat 72'minutes
  • 18Hughes
  • 11Brunt
  • 6Baird
  • 13Evans
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMckayat 79'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 19WardSubstituted forMcGinnat 66'minutes
  • 10Lafferty

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 5Cathcart
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Mckay
  • 12Mannus
  • 14McCullough
  • 15Grigg
  • 17Ferguson
  • 20Little
  • 21Magennis
  • 22Paton
  • 23McGovern
Referee:
Deniz Aytekin

Match Stats

Home TeamHungaryAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Hungary 1, Northern Ireland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hungary 1, Northern Ireland 2.

Balázs Balogh (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Niall McGinn.

Goal!

Goal! Hungary 1, Northern Ireland 2. Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

Foul by Tamas Priskin (Hungary).

Roy Carroll (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by István Kovács.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Zoltan Liptak (Hungary) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Hungary 1, Northern Ireland 1. Niall McGinn (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty.

Attempt blocked. Tamas Priskin (Hungary) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gergö Lovrencsics.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Billy McKay replaces Oliver Norwood.

Tamas Priskin (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Baird (Northern Ireland).

Goal!

Goal! Hungary 1, Northern Ireland 0. Tamas Priskin (Hungary) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Balázs Dzsudzsák with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

Attempt blocked. Gergö Lovrencsics (Hungary) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Tözsér (Hungary) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vilmos Vanczak.

Dangerous play by Daniel Tözsér (Hungary).

Corry Evans (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Craig Cathcart replaces Gareth McAuley because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by István Kovács.

Substitution

Substitution, Hungary. István Kovács replaces Gergely Rudolf.

Attempt missed. Gergely Rudolf (Hungary) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gergö Lovrencsics.

Attempt saved. Gergö Lovrencsics (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

Gergö Lovrencsics (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Brunt (Northern Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Niall McGinn replaces Jamie Ward because of an injury.

Foul by József Varga (Hungary).

Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland) because of an injury.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

Attempt saved. Gergö Lovrencsics (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gergely Rudolf.

Substitution

Substitution, Hungary. Gergö Lovrencsics replaces Adam Gyurcsó.

Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Northern Ireland).

goal

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