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From Mark Sterling
BBC Sport NI in Windsor Park
A own goal by Luxembourg defender Kevin Malget gave Northern Ireland a win at a friendly that was .
Malget headed from the first half of a game which was livened up marginally after the fracture by in-form Linfield striker Shayne Lavery’s introduction.
Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown, drafted in by the squad, made his debut.
NI play with Germany at a Euro 2020 qualifier at Windsor Park on Monday.
The 1-0 victory stretches Northern Ireland’s winning streak to five games when they won all their four opening Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The home fans did their very best to add some life to a friendly which had the expression of a match that was being played by a home team that was chosen by O’Neill with Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in thoughts and always started slowly.
Alfie McCalmont and Ethan Galbraith, additionally encouraged from Ian Baraclough’s Under-21 panelcame on for their senior foreign debuts, while captain Steven Davis arrived on to equivalent Aaron Hughes’ look album for outfield players.
Northern Ireland’s purpose came in the head of seeing defender Malget in the minute.
George Saville headed it across goal and, when trying to head clear Malget somehow contrived to locate the corner of his own net when home keeper Anthony Moris struck clear under stress from Tom Flanagan.
The goal arrived towards the end of a horizontal first half where the only real shining light of Northern Ireland has been Gavin Whyte’s industry and pace down the right wing.
The Cardiff City wide guy, who obtained a go to the Championship club in the summer following an impressive debut season with Oxford United, dropped deep occasionally to pick up the ball and run his mark, although his runs failed to make any clear-cut chances.
Linfield striker Lavery acquired a warm welcome when he came off the bench to replace Kyle Lafferty in the 59th minute.
His barnstorming runs have lit up Windsor Park during Linfield’s Europa League rush and that he was soon producing them at a green top, hitting the side netting with a shot from the first one before cleverly cutting the ball back to Thompson who blazed over the bar from a good position.
On a night after O’Neill was always expected to mention an experimental side, no one could have predicted Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown to start at centre-half.
The London-born guardian was hailed to the senior squad in the Under-21 panel and also lined alongside Tom Flanagan, who himself won just his second cap at the centre of the home defence.
Brown delivered a nice long pass through to Josh Magennis early on, also won a flick-on from the resistance box which almost dropped to the Hull City striker in front of goal, but he was caught in possession a few times when he tried to take too much time on the chunk.
Maurice Deville almost broke into the box, although the 21-year-old was also a bit over-ambitious when seeking to spray on long balls in the trunk and took it down the Luxembourg straight off him.
Flanagan was in what should have been one of NI amateur pairings in history, together with Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart left on Monday in thoughts.
Northern Ireland conquer on Luxembourg 1-0 in a friendly as a result of some calamitous target by Kevin Malget.
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