European Championship Qualifying
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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
Tamas Priskin, who opened the scoring, previously played for Watford, Preston, Ipswich, QPR, Swansea and Derby County



Formation 3-5-2

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


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

Northern Ireland

Formation 4-1-4-1

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


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

Match Stats

Home TeamHungaryAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hungary 1, Northern Ireland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hungary 1, Northern Ireland 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Goal!

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tamas Priskin (Hungary).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

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

  13. 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.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Northern Ireland. Billy McKay replaces Oliver Norwood.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Chris Baird (Northern Ireland).

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

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