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Daniel Ballard impresses for Northern Ireland...

10 September 2021

Daniel Ballard scored his first Northern Ireland goal during September's international break.

The defender was on hand to turn home from close-range to open the scoring in the Green and White Army's 4-1 win in Lithuania on 2nd September, playing the 90 minutes as Ian Baraclough's side secured three FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying points.

Ballard - on loan at The Den from Arsenal - then watched from the bench as former Lion Shane Ferguson's long-range rocket handed Northern Ireland a 1-0 friendly victory in Estonia three nights later, before the 21-year-old was at the heart of the defence in Wednesday night's creditable 0-0 draw with Switzerland at Windsor Park.

George Saville came off the bench to play his part in the midweek qualifier.

Baraclough's side next face an away double-header in qualifying next month, as Northern Ireland travel to Switzerland and Bulgaria.

Photo credit: Northern Ireland

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