The Boro pair started in midfield for Michael O'Neill's men, and it was Niall McGinn and Steven Davis who scored the decisive goals. 

McNair came close to breaking the deadlock on 18 minutes when he met a Jordan Jones cross at the back post, but he couldn't take advantage from close range.  

The hosts took the lead when McGinn lashed home before Davis tucked away a penalty 15 minutes from time after Saville was brought down inside the box.

Northern Ireland play their second qualifying game at home against Belarus on Sunday. 

Nathan Wood played the whole 90 minutes for England U17s, who moved a step closer to securing a place in the U17 Euro finals with a 5-2 success over Switzerland.

Doubles from Morgan Rogers and Sam Greenwood - plus an own goal - sealed the victory for England. 

The U17s face Croatia on Sunday afternoon in their next fixture as they bid to book a place in the U17 Euro finals. 

Dael Fry was on the bench for England U21s who were held to a 1-1 draw against Poland at Ashton Gate. 

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged the opener from close range with 13 minutes gone, but Poland pegged the Young Lions back with a free kick from Sebastian Szymanski. 

Marcus Tavernier came off the bench for England U20s, who slipped to a 3-1 defeat at St George's Park to Poland. 

Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah grabbed England's only goal for the Young Lions.