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Gavin Whyte scores with first touch on international debut as Northern Ireland cruise to victory

Northern Ireland 3-0

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Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte scored with the first touch of his debut appearance.
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Gavin Whyte stole the show when he scored with the first touch of senior international football as Northern Ireland beat Israel 3-0 at Windsor Park.

Captain Steven Davis slammed Northern Ireland into a 13th minute lead, sweeping home Paddy McNair's corner first time for his 11th Northern Ireland goal.

It was two by the break, Stuart Dallas cushioning a well-struck volley into the net from a telling George Saville cross.

Northern Ireland had comfortably soaked up pressure during the frist period and struck viciously on the break.

NI enjoyed a more dominant second half and got their just rewards in the most joyous of fashions.

Former Crusaders winger Whyte was brought on for his debut and netted within two minutes with his very first touch of the ball. Israel keeper Guy Haimov had got down to save at the feet of Conor Washington and there was Whyte, perfectly placed to slam home.

The GAWA reacted by chanting his name, the culmination of a proud night for Whyte, Crusaders and all of the Irish League. Whyte only moved into full-time football this summer when he joined League One side Oxford United.

Northern Ireland U21s, meanwhile, recorded an historic victory over a Spain side littered with La Liga stars.

Here's the senior match as it happened:

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Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte scored with the first touch of his debut appearance.

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Gavin Whyte isn't used to getting his name sung by the home fans at Windsor Park.

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Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Jamal Lewis (left) and Iseal's Tomer Hemed in action during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 11, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire. during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 11, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Pacemaker Belfast 11-9-18 Northern Ireland v Israel - International Friendly Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Israel's Taleb Tawatha during this evening's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 11-9-18 Northern Ireland v Israel - International Friendly Northern Ireland's Stefan Laveryi and Israel's Eli Dasa during this evening's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Stuart Dallas netted his third goal for Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening.

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Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th September 2018 International Challenge match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland Vs Israel. Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th September 2018 International Challenge match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland Vs Israel. Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th September 2018 International Challenge match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland Vs Israel. Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th September 2018 International Challenge match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland Vs Israel. Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

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Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas scores in action on September 11th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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A general view of Windsor Park during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 11, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 11: General view of the stadium before the international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Israel at Windsor Park on September 11, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland players prepare to face Israel.