Northern Ireland are on the brink of an historic qualification for the European Championships in France next summer, but were made to work for it by the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.
They took the lead courtesy of a goal from Gareth McAuley, the West Brom defender bravely heading home an Oliver Norwood free-kick to give them a lead.
However, Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas then had a moment to forget.
The summer signing from Brentford has impressed for Leeds since his summer arrival, but in an attacking sense. Defending is certainly not his forte.
He made a mess of clearing a Faroes corner and the ball eventually squirmed to former Gateshead striker Joan Edmundsson, who netted the equaliser.
Northern Ireland fans were eventually forgiving of the Leeds winger, but he won’t be making a similar mistake again:
Edmundsson however was later sent off and then Northern Ireland got back into the game, thanks to the West Brom connection.
Chris Brunt, who was not having the best of games, swung in a fantastic left-footed free-kick which McAuley again met with purpose. The ball trickled into the net and the West Brom man had his and Northern Ireland’s second. All that was left was for Kyle Lafferty to finish things off, as Northern Ireland secured a 3-1 victory:
Yessssssss!!!! Gareth McAuley again!!! Oh my goodness. Why am I more nervous now than before the goal?!? #GAWA— colin murray (@ColinMurray) September 4, 2015
Get in Gareth McAuley. GAWA! 1-0 up against the Faroes.— James Martin (@i_jamesmartin) September 4, 2015
Brunt's delivery from a free-kick on the right is sweet as a nut & McAuley holds off those around him to head home from four yards out #gawa— A Wee Spot In Europe (@WeeSpotInEurope) September 4, 2015
Great delivery by Brunt. Total commitment by McAuley. #GAWA— Gareth Fullerton (@GarethFullerton) September 4, 2015
The result leaves Northern Ireland top of Group F, one point clear of Romania in second and more importantly four points ahead of Hungary in third. With three games left Northern Ireland just need to beat Hungary on Monday to secure their place in the Euros next summer.