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Josh Magennis of Northern Ireland during the Euro 2016 Group F international against Greece
Thursday, 17 March 2016
It was written in the script for Josh Magennis to score his first international goal the night Northern Ireland sealed their place at UEFA EURO 2016. With main goal-getter Kyle Lafferty ruled out of the home test against Greece through suspension, the hopes of a nation were placed upon stand-in striker Magennis, making only his second start for the Green and White Army, to find the back of the net and help send Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since 1986. He duly delivered, sealing his side's maiden place at a European Championship with a looping header, but what made his fairy-tale story even more remarkable was the fact that he began his professional career not as a forward – but as a goalkeeper.