Northern Ireland play out six goal draw with Finland

Northern Ireland and Finland played out a six-goal thriller at Windsor Park, with Martin Paterson scoring a late penalty to end the game as a draw
Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland scored their first goals of the new manager's tenure as they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Finland at Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland took an early two-goal lead with Newcastle United winger Shane Ferguson volleying in a seventh minute opener before Kyle Lafferty doubled the score in the 19th minute. A quick fightback from Finland saw them go level just five minutes later as Tim Sparv headed in and Teemu Pukki scored to make it 2-2.

Finland grew in confidence after the equaliser, with Njazi Kuqi going close on a couple of occasions, while Riku Riski should have done better with an attempt after coming on in the second half. Gareth McAuley had to head another Riski effort off the line, but Finland's dominance paid off when Perparim Hetemaj curled in a free-kick. However, a foul on Martin Paterson in the area saw Northern Ireland come away with a draw as Paterson fired home an 84th minute spot kick to make it 3-3.