Mar 29, 2015 at 5pm UK at ​Windsor Park
Northern Ireland
2-1
Finland
Lafferty (33', 38')
Baird (63'), Brunt (67')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Sadik (91')
Pohjanpalo (70'), Arajuuri (79')

Half-Time Report: Kyle Lafferty at the double for Northern Ireland

Half-Time Report: Lafferty at the double for Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland lead Finland 2-0 at the interval of their Euro 2016 Group F qualifier courtesy of a double from Kyle Lafferty.

Kyle Lafferty has scored twice as Northern Ireland lead Finland 2-0 at the interval of their Euro 2016 Group F qualifier at Windsor Park.

It was the visitors that made most of the early running, with Sakari Mattila and Teemu Pukki both having attempts in the opening seven minutes.

Jamie Ward came close for Northern Ireland after nine minutes, but his effort from distance was blocked. Finland continued to look the most likely, however, with Roman Eremenko passing up another decent chance two minutes later.

Northern Ireland were to come close moments later, however, with Gareth McAuley bringing a smart save from Lukas Hradecky during what was a bright opening 15 minutes to the Euro 2016 qualifier.

Both teams continued to threaten as the half progressed, but neither Chris Brunt nor Pukki could register despite a couple of good opportunities.

Steven Davis had a wonderful chance for the home side after 28 minutes, but the Southampton midfielder was denied by Hradecky following some poor defending from the visitors.

However, Northern Ireland struck twice in the final 12 minutes of the first half. First, Lafferty finished into the bottom corner from inside the box, before the striker headed a Conor McLaughlin cross into the back of the net.

Northern Ireland's midfielder Steven Davis vies with Greece's defender Giannis Maniatis during the UEFA Euro 2016 group F qualifying gootball match between Greece and Northern Ireland at the Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, on October 14, 2014
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