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Lions duo feature in friendly fixtures over the weekend

5 June 2017

Shane Ferguson has helped Northern Ireland to a deserved 1-0 win over New Zealand, while Jimmy Abdou's Comoros fell to Togo in the latest round of friendly international fixtures.

Ferguson came off the bench early in the second-half to produce a typically dogged display. The Millwall winger snuffed out a number of flowing counter-attacks in defence and may feel unlucky to have left Windsor Park without an assist to his name.

The 25-year-old created space in the 67th minute to lift a lovely cross to striker Josh Maggenis, who headed narrowly over the bar from close range.

Victory over New Zealand will maintain confidence in the squad ahead of Saturday's crucial World Cup Qualifier in Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, Comoros have slumped to defeat in the club's final friendly before Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier in Malawi. 

Jimmy Abdou's side were undone by a determined Togo outfit, who scored either side of half-time to record a 2-0 victory in Marseille, France.


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