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Northern Ireland came closest to scoring a third goal in the first 25 minutes of the second half when Iker Alvarez, who had earlier cleverly parried a Jamal Lewis shot, almost let Spencer’s cross in at the near post.

O’Neill decided against a half-time break and made five substitutions between the 60th and 68th minutes. Among them was 21-year-old Nottingham Forest defender Aaron Donnelly, who made his international debut.

While the small crowd began to call for Bradley to shoot every time he touched the ball, it was substitute Dale Taylor who tried his luck from distance, but Alvarez was always equal to the attempt.

As O’Neill’s substitutes picked up the tempo, Ross McCausland was brought on again in the second half and tried his luck next, but his acrobatic effort was never precise enough to trouble the goalkeeper.

There was to be no hat-trick as Bradley, who had taken a final shot against Alvarez, was replaced by Caolan Boyd-Munce with a quarter of an hour to go.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, Eric Vales did well to chase down McCausland’s cross-ball, which could have left Magennis with only a chip to clear, but the Rangers player will likely find he would have been better off going for goal himself.

In the end, the third goal just wouldn’t come. Not for the first time and probably not for the last time, it was Conor Bradley who proved to be the match winner for Northern Ireland.

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