Northern Ireland v Korea Republic

The most goals Northern Ireland have ever scored in a friendly match is four, which has happened on two occasions. The first was in June 1966 when they defeated Mexico 4-1 in Belfast with goals from Billy Johnston, Alex Elder, Jimmy Nicholson and Billy Ferguson. In March 2008 Nigel Worthington’s side defeated

Northern Ireland have twice played friendly games away from home to crowds under 1000. The first was in March 2000 when they defeated Malta

Georgia by the same scoreline at Windsor Park with the goals coming from Kyle Lafferty (2), David Healy and Linfield striker Peter Thompson.

3-0 in Valletta in front of just 956 spectators. Then, in February 2002, Sammy McIlroy’s side lost 4-1 to Poland in Limassol in Cyprus watched by a crowd of just 221 - the lowest ever attendance at a senior Northern Ireland game home or away!

Northern Ireland’s 11 goals in friendly internationals during Michael O’Neill’s tenure have been scored by the following players: Kyle Lafferty 2 goals in 9 games Conor Washington 2 goals in 4 games Liam Boyce 1 goal in 4 games Craig Cathcart 1 goal in 9 games Stuart Dallas 1 goal in 7 games Steven Davis 1 goal in 15 games Shane Ferguson 1 goal in 12 games Will Grigg 1 goal in 6 games Martin Paterson 1 goal in 5 games

This afternoon’s encounter will be the 50th challenge match to be staged at the Windsor Park site since the Second World War. The previous 49 have seen Northern Ireland win 16, lose 19 and draw 14. A total of 55 goals have been scored with 62 conceded.

Five of Kyle Lafferty’s 20 international goals have been scored in friendly encounters, with four of them being notched at the National Stadium. The goals have been scored against: 1 v Finland (a) - 16.08.06 (won 2-1) 2 v Georgia (h) - 26.03.08 (won 4-1) 1 v Finland (h) - 15.08.12 (drew 3-3) 1 v Belarus (h) – 27.05.16 (won 3-0)


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