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Northern Ireland's goal-hero last night was a postman just four years ago

The 23-year-old went from non-league football to the cusp of the Premier League in a flash.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NORTHERN IRELAND ARE now ten games unbeaten after last night’s 1-0 win over Slovenia in Belfast and they had Conor Washington to thank for the game-winning goal.

It capped an incredible last few years for the striker.

The 23-year-old is the squad’s own version of Jamie Vardy.

Just over four years ago, he was a postman and turning out for non-league St. Ives Town before signing for Newport County.

He initially struggled with the switch to professionalism but when the team were promoted to the Football League, Washington had ironed out all his issues and began to score freely.

It was a switch to Peterborough in 2014 that kept up the momentum and in January of this year, he arrived at Championship side Queens Park Rangers for a fee believed to be in the region of £2.75m.

Though he hasn’t scored yet for his new club, Washington’s strike for Michael O’Neill’s side is just another string to his very impressive bow.

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