Washington on target in Northern Ireland win

CONOR Washington scored for Northern Ireland in what was a busy weekend of international football.

The QPR striker started for Northern Ireland in their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Norway on Sunday evening.

And the R’s forward hit the Irish’s second goal in a 2-0 win at Windsor Park.

Washington raced onto Steven Davis through ball in the 32nd minute to cooly slot through the legs of Norwegian keeper Rune Jarstein to double Northern Ireland’s advantage following Jamie Ward’s second minute opener.

Victory leaves Michael O’Neill’s side second in Group C at the midway point as they bid to reach the finals next year in Russia.

Meanwhile, Pawel Wszolek wasn’t in Poland’s matchday squad for their 2-1 qualification win against Montenegro.

Poland are top of Group E haven taken four wins and a draw so far following Sunday’s victory.

Elsewhere on Saturday Yeni Ngbakoto made his international debut for Congo DR in their 2-1 defeat against Kenya.

The QPR winger - who was called up for the first time this weekend - came off the bench for the final 15 minutes whilst striker Idrissa Sylla did not feature in Guinea’s 2-2 draw with Gabon on Friday.

Winger Olamide Shodipo scored the winner for Republic of Ireland Under-21s on Saturday lunch-time as they kicked off their Euro 2019 U21 Championship qualification with three points.

Shodipo - currently on loan at League One side Port Vale - scored the only goal of the game in the second half against Kosovo as midfielder Ryan Manning also made his Ireland Under-21 debut before being replaced by teammate Reece Grego-Cox midway through the second half.

There was also an Under-21 debut for Niko Hamalainen on Friday as he appeared for Finland’s Under-21 side for the first time as they lost 2-0 against the Netherlands in a friendly.

Finally, Under-23s attacker Eberechi Eze has been invited to train with the Nigerian senior side for two days whilst they are in London this week having caught the eye for the R’s EDS side this season.