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I’m Harry Dodds, and welcome to Overtime Online’s coverage of Northern Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania at Windsor Park.

Neither side will be able to reach the World Cup, but both have a point to prove.

Northern Ireland are the clear favourites coming up against a side they beat 4-1 away from home back in September
Northern Ireland announce their lineup as Jonny Evans returns for the hosts, with Magennis leading the line alongside Washington

Kick-Off

2: Early chance for Washington as Magennis finds him with a low cross, but the Charlton man can’t quite connect

3: Lithuania are playing aggressively from the outset as they commit four fouls in three minutes, but the referee is yet to dish out a card.

5: Ally McCann’s cross deflects to Magennis in a dangerous area, who is caught in an offside position.

Tonight marks 131 International caps for Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis

7: Jonny Evans plays a great ball down the line to Dallas, who is unable to control. Corner for Northern Ireland

8: Ferguson whips the corner towards Setkus in the Lithuania goal, but he parries the ball to safety

9: A massive chance from Northern Ireland! Shane Ferguson puts in a brilliant in-swinger, but Josh Magennis fails to connect with a header. The best chance of the game so far

11: Another big chance goes looming! Northern Ireland work the ball into Washington, who forces a good save from Ernestas Setkus. The hosts are banging on the door and Lithuania are struggling to keep it shut.

13: First chance for Lithuania as Noikovas meets a cross from Lasickas with a header, but it goes just wide, and the ball is pulled back for a Northern Ireland free-kick anyway

GOAL! Northern Ireland 1-0 Lithuania (Satkus OG 18′)

It’s an own goal, as Satkus battled with Washington for an in-swinging corner, and headed into his own net

19: The hosts have the ball in the back of the net again as McCann slots home from Ferguson’s cross, but Josh Magennis is deemed to be obstructing the goalkeeper

27: Big chance for Lithuania to equalise as a lucky deflection sees Lasickas fire from close range, but the effort is saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell. A warning sign for Northern Ireland!

30: Brilliant work from Paddy McNair down the right, who wins a corner for Northern Ireland, and the proceeding cross forces a punch away from the keeper, with the rebound being fired well over the Lithuania bar by McCann

34: Vaitkunas goes down for Lithuania, and looks in some discomfort

36: Another wreckless challenge from the visitors as Vaitkunas clatters into Josh Magennis immediately after coming back onto the pitch

41: Another disallowed goal for Northern Ireland! Josh Magennis nets a brilliant header from a corner, but the referee spots an infringement in the penalty area

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Northern Ireland will feel hard done by, having had two goals disallowed!

45: Magennis is denied again as he meets Washington’s ball in but is denied by Setkus

45+1: McNair nutmegs his marker down the right, and his low cross is met by George Saville who can’t keep his shot down and curls it over the bar

HT: Northern Ireland 1-0 Lithuania

The hosts lead by just the one goal at the interval, but could have a lot more. They will be hoping Lithuania don’t punish them for their wasted chances in the second half

Second Half Kick-Off

47: Lithuania are trying to start strong as they force Peacock-Farrell into a claw away from a throw-in

50: The first big chance of the second half goes to Northern Ireland! Conor Washington finds space on the left and puts the ball into the danger area, but no one in a green shirt can get a shot away and Lithuania get the block in

53: Chance for George Saville as he takes the ball on the turn and shoots goalward, forcing a save from Setkus

57: McCann finds Magennis with a nicely weighted cross, but the striker just strays offside. It seems to just be one of those nights for Josh Magennis

59: Novikovas’ inswinging cross forces a fingertips save from Peacock-Farrell to send it out for a corner

61: Close! Josh Magennis finds space down the left, and his attempted cross went goalwards and forced a save from Ernestas Setkus

Northern Ireland have continued their dominance in this second half

65: Tricky feet from Novikovas as he beats the Northern Ireland defense to get a shot away, but to no avail for the Lithuanian

70: Two substitutions from the hosts as George Saville makes way for Corry Evans, and Shane Ferguson goes off in place of Jamal Lewis

71: A powerful shot from Washington on the turn is caught with ease by Setkus

74: It’s the first substitution for Lithuana as Vytas Gaspuitis replaces Martynas Dapkus

78: Third change for Northern Ireland, as Josh Magennis finishes a hard night’s work and comes off for 17 year old Dale Taylor

79: Dale Taylor shows off his technical ability driving into the box and winning a corner down by the byline. The subsequent corner is met at the near post by Washington, but he is unable to trouble the keeper

81: Connor Washington’s close range effort is blocked and goes out for a corner

87: Double change for Lithuania as Megelatis makes way for Armanavicius, and Simkus replaces Verbickas

87: Lithuania finally recieve their first yellow card, as Barauskas goes into the book

88: Conor Washington is replaced by Jordan Jones for Northern Ireland

89: Lithuania take a short corner and it is wasted by Vaitkunas as he blazes well wide of the target

90: There will be a minimum of five minutes of added time

90+1: Paddy McNair hits the deck, and looked in some discomfort, but is back on the field of play

90+3: Lithuania launch the ball into the Northern Ireland box, but it’s cleared for a corner, which is subsequently cleared by Northern Ireland

FT: Northern Ireland 1-0 Lithuania

It’s all over at Windsor Park, and despite a dominant first half from Northern Ireland it’s a Benas Satkus own goal that secures the points for the home side.

The result doesn’t do justice to Northern Ireland’s performance tonight, but they got the win which is all Ian Baraclough will care about.

Thank you for joining me on Overtime for our coverage of tonight’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

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