INTERNATIONAL WATCH | Washington on the scoresheet again for Northern Ireland

Conor Washington was on the scoresheet again for Northern Ireland in the latest round of FIFA World Cup qualification.

Having played an hour in Ian Baraclough’s side’s 2-0 reverse against Switzerland, the striker opened the scoring on 35 minutes in Bulgaria, though a quickfire Todor Nedelev brace saw the hosts prevail in Sofia.

Chris Gunter helped Wales to a 2-2 draw with Czech Republic in Prague, before enjoying seven minutes from the bench as the Dragons earned a crucial three points with a 1-0 triumph over Estonia. 

Elsewhere, Harry Arter replaced Conor Hourihane late on for a brief cameo in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 thrashing of Qatar at the Aviva Stadium, becoming the eighth Charlton player to represent Ireland, while Hady Ghandour was an unused substitute for Lebanon as they played out a goalless stalemate with Iraq before defeating Syria 3-2.

Academy forward Euan Williams started both of Northern Ireland U19s’ Euro qualifiers as the Green and White Army suffered a 2-0 loss against Czech Republic, before earning a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan.

Fellow academy prospect Ryan Viggars, meanwhile, started as Wales U19s recorded a 3-0 victory against Kosovo, having been introduced as a substitute in their 5-0 reverse against Norway three days earlier.

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