Shane Ferguson

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Shane Ferguson struck his first international goal on Wednesday night, as Northern Ireland played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Finland in Belfast.

The 21-year-old - winning his fourth senior cap - fired the Irish in front after just seven minutes at Windsor Park, before Kyle Lafferty put the hosts two up midway through the first half.

It looked to be a dream start for Ferguson and Co, but Finland hit back with two goals in as many minutes through Tim Sparv and Teemu Pukki to level things by half-time.

Perparim Hetemaj then edged the visitors in front on 78 minutes, but Burnely striker Martin Paterson tucked away a penalty soon after to secure a share of the spoils in the friendly fixture.

Elsewhere, Haris Vuckic played 90 minutes for Slovenia's Under 21s in their European Championships Group Two qualifier in Ukraine, but could not prevent them slipping to a 2-0 defeat.

First half goals from Dmytro Korkishko and Serhiy Rybalka sealed victory for the hosts.

After nine games, Vuckic's Slovenia are second in Group Two, with 17 points - two behind leaders Sweden.

United skipper Fabricio Coloccini was not needed as Argentina beat Germany 3-1 in friendly action in Frankfurt, while goalkeeper Tim Krul also failed to see any action as his Netherlands side went down4-2 in Belgium.

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