Evergreen Rangers and Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis continues to defy the odds as the 36-year-old captains his country to a resounding 4-1 win over Lithuania.
The World Cup Qualification victory was Davo’s 127th appearance in the dark green of Northern Ireland and the country’s first competitive victory in two years.
The result keeps the Ulstermen’s dreams of World Cup qualification alive and it was an emphatic response to mounting pressure heading into the tie.
There was also three penalty kicks in the match with Northern Ireland converting two and goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell saving the other.
Daniel Ballard had opened the scoring for Northern Ireland before Connor Washington made it two with the country’s first penalty kick.
Rolandas Baravykas pulled one back for the hosts before they spurned a penalty, Shane Lavery restored the two-goal cushion and Paddy McNair converted the final spot-kick.
This was Northern Ireland’s first competitive victory under Ian Baraclough and the result lifts them into 3rd in Group C of World Cup Qualification.
NI started their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to group favourites Italy before being held 0-0 by Bulgaria at Windsor Park.
If the country can get a big result against Switzerland on Wednesday it will move them up into second and the World Cup Playoff places.
Veteran midfielder Davis continues to be the heartbeat of the side despite his advancing years and there’s not a Rangers fan out there who doesn’t want to see him at Qatar 2022.
Perhaps it will be the perfect Northern Ireland swansong as the midfielder continues to defy the odds and turn out high-level performances on a consistent basis.
Speaking of Northern Ireland, Davis’ midfield partner has been in the press this week and read more about why he was sold amid links to Rangers.