Lafferty late show earns Northern Ireland shock win in Hungary

Kyle Lafferty`s late goal gave Northern Ireland their first competitive away win since 2010 on Sunday as they scored twice in the final 10 minutes to beat Hungary 2-1 in their opening Euro 2016 Group F qualifier.

Lafferty late show earns Northern Ireland shock win in Hungary
Hungary's Roland Juhasz, center, and Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt, right, fight for the ball during their Euro 2016 qualifying Group F soccer match in the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest: Kyle Lafferty`s late goal gave Northern Ireland their first competitive away win since 2010 on Sunday as they scored twice in the final 10 minutes to beat Hungary 2-1 in their opening Euro 2016 Group F qualifier.

Hungary appeared to be heading for victory when Balazs Dzsudzsak`s vicious inswinging corner was nodded in by substitute Tamas Priskin in the 75th minute.

The visitor`s response was emphatic with substitute Niall McGinn tapping the ball into the empty net six minutes later after fine work by Lafferty.

The 26-year-old Lafferty then grabbed the winner when he was first to react to bundle in a loose ball after McGinn`s dangerous cross.

"The result is fantastic. When we went a goal behind we had the strength and belief and could turn the game around," Northern Ireland coach Michael O`Neill told reporters. 

"It is huge for us, we played well tonight. I think we deserved the win."

Attila Pinter, who marked his first competitive match in charge of Hungary, said: "It`s a great disappointment, but we made silly mistakes after we had the lead.

"Unfortunately we were a man behind for the last 10 minutes after our defender Zoltan Liptak was injured but he had to stay on as we already made three substitutions. It is a long campaign, but there are lots of adjustments to make."