Ferguson on target as local players in international spotlight

Eglinton's Shane Ferguson celebrates scoring for Northern Ireland against Finland during last night's International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. Pic - Presseye
Eglinton's Shane Ferguson celebrates scoring for Northern Ireland against Finland during last night's International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. Pic - Presseye

Eglinton’s Shane Ferguson netted his first senior goal for the Northern Ireland at Windsor Park last night against Finland in the 3-3 friendsly result.

The Newcastle United player opted to declare for Northern Ireland despite great interest from the Republic.

Meanwhile, Derry City defender, Shane McEleney, netted the opening goal in Northern Ireland’s 3-2 defeat against Hungary in Budapest on Wednesday night, the Derry man making his debut for the Under-21 squad in an international friendly fixture.

Fellow ‘Candy Stripe’, Davy McDai was also in the squad and both players will return today to prepare for tomorrow night’s Airtricity League Premier Division fixure against Bohemians.

Meanwhile, James McClean made his third appearance for the Republic of Ireland’s senior squad when they travelled to Serbia holding the home side to a scoreless result in another friendly fixture.

And in the Sligo Showgrounds on Tuesday night, the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s lost 1-0 to Turkey in a European Championship game which has dented Noel King’s changes of progressing to the finals. Derry men Shane Duffy and Eunan O’Kane both represented the Irish side.