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Gianluca Vialli full of praise for Northern Ireland after Italy held to draw

Posted Tuesday, November 16, 2021 by PA24 hits

Ian Baraclough revealed Gianluca Vialli compared Northern Ireland’s defensive performance to a “typical Italian masterclass” after they frustrated the European champions in a 0-0 draw that leaves Italy facing the World Cup qualifying play-offs.Roberto Mancini’s side arrived at Windsor Park needing a victory to top Group C and secure a ticket to Qatar but could not find a ...Full Story »

Italy in World Cup qualifying play-offs after draw at brilliant Northern Ireland

Posted Tuesday, November 16, 2021 by PA27 hits

European champions Italy must go into the World Cup qualifying play-offs after being held to a goalless draw by brilliant Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.In the best performance of the Ian Baraclough era, Northern Ireland frustrated their illustrious visitors for 90 minutes – with Conor Washington unable to take a last-minute chance to snatch a famous victory.With Switzerland beating Bulg...Full Story »

Luxembourg boss ‘denigrated’ Ireland greats with style comments – Stephen Kenny

Posted Monday, November 15, 2021 by PA16 hits

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has offered a passionate defence of Irish football following comments from Luxembourg counterpart Luc Holtz.In the run-up to Ireland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifier victory at the Stade de Luxembourg on Sunday, Kenny had been unhappy with Holtz’s description of his team’s style of play as “British” and the same as they had adopted...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland end campaign with victory in Luxembourg

Posted Monday, November 15, 2021 by PA23 hits

Stephen Kenny’s hopes of earning a contract extension were handed a major boost as the Republic of Ireland romped to a 3-0 win over Luxembourg in their final World Cup qualifier.Goals from Shane Duffy, Chiedozie Ogbene and Callum Robinson inside the final 22 minutes clinched victory – just Ireland’s second in a competitive fixture in 15 attempts – and third place in Group...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough feels Northern Ireland deserved more than one-goal win

Posted Saturday, November 13, 2021 by PA20 hits

Ian Baraclough felt his Northern Ireland side deserved to win by more after they needed an own goal to end their long wait for a Windsor Park victory by edging out Lithuania 1-0 on Friday night.Northern Ireland bossed possession and had two strikes ruled out before the break in a dominant first half, but could not add to Benas Satkus’ 18th-minute own goal as they registered a first competi...Full Story »

Northern Ireland end long wait for home win as own goal sees off Lithuania

Posted Saturday, November 13, 2021 by PA21 hits

Northern Ireland got their first competitive win at Windsor Park in two and a half years as they edged out Lithuania 1-0 on Friday night.After World Cup hopes were ended last month this was a much brighter performance from Ian Baraclough’s men in their penultimate qualifier, but old problems in front of goal remained as – despite Northern Ireland bossing play – only Benas Satku...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Portugal: No repeat of Cristiano Ronaldo late show as Republic of Ireland hold Portugal

Posted Friday, November 12, 2021 by PA31 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to repeat his magic against the Republic of Ireland as 10-man Portugal were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Dublin.The 36-year-old scored two last-gasp headers in the reverse fixture in September to snatch victory at the death and powered a 67th-minute effort wide with a crowd of 50,737 at the Aviva Stadium expecting the net to bulge.He then fired...Full Story »

Super-sub Beth Mead hits hat-trick as England Women beat Northern Ireland

Posted Sunday, October 24, 2021 by PA14 hits

Beth Mead scored a hat-trick in less than 15 minutes as England maintained their flawless start to their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-0 win over Northern Ireland.The visitors had defended resolutely at Wembley and put their bodies on the line until Mead’s introduction as a second-half substitute.The Arsenal forward scored the first just moments after coming on to the field, ...Full Story »

Stephen Kenny hopes Callum Robinson realises how important he can be for Ireland

Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by PA38 hits

Stephen Kenny is hoping in-form striker Callum Robinson realises how important he could be to the Republic of Ireland after scoring five goals in his last two games.The West Brom forward followed up his double in Saturday’s qualifying victory in Azerbaijan with a hat-trick in a 4-0 friendly rout of World Cup hosts Qatar in Dublin on Tuesday evening to take his tally for his country to six ...Full Story »

Northern Ireland handed lesson in game management, admits boss Ian Baraclough

Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by PA39 hits

Ian Baraclough was left to lament an all-too-familiar story for Northern Ireland as a lack of cutting edge proved decisive in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Bulgaria.After Saturday’s controversial 2-0 loss to Switzerland left hopes of going to Qatar hanging by a thread, a second-half collapse in Sofia cut them off decisively as Todor Nedelev’s fine brace cancelled out Conor Was...Full Story »

Callum Robinson hat-trick sees the Republic of Ireland hammer Qatar

Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by PA34 hits

Callum Robinson plundered a hat-trick as the Republic of Ireland beat World Cup hosts Qatar 4-0 to win back-to-back games for the first time since March 2019.Robinson, whose first-half double in Azerbaijan on Saturday set up a 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory, repeated the trick inside 13 minutes at the Aviva Stadium and then added a third eight minutes after the restart to become the first Irel...Full Story »

Northern Ireland suffer second-half collapse to lose in Bulgaria

Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by PA41 hits

A bad week for Northern Ireland got worse on Tuesday night as two crisp Todor Nedelev strikes saw Bulgaria come from behind to win 2-1 in Sofia.Conor Washington’s sixth international goal had given Ian Baraclough’s side a half-time lead as they looked to have responded well to Saturday’s controversial 2-0 defeat in Switzerland which effectively ended World Cup qualifying hopes,...Full Story »

Northern Ireland suffer key defeat in Switzerland after controversial dismissal

Posted Sunday, October 10, 2021 by PA27 hits

There was a horrible sense of deja vu for Northern Ireland as a controversial refereeing decision contributed to a pivotal World Cup qualifying defeat by Switzerland.A depleted Northern Ireland stood up to early pressure, but after Jamal Lewis was shown an extremely harsh second yellow card for taking too long over a throw-in, they cracked as goals from Steven Zuber and Christian Fassnacht seale...Full Story »

We’re improving all the time – Stephen Kenny welcomes ‘overdue’ Ireland win

Posted Sunday, October 10, 2021 by PA29 hits

Stephen Kenny admitted his first competitive win as Republic of Ireland manager was “overdue” after seeing Callum Robinson set up a 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Azerbaijan.Kenny had taken charge of 12 meaningful fixtures before the trip to Baku – one of them a 1-1 draw with the Azeris in Dublin last month – and had not emerged victorious from any of them.However, R...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough proud of how young Northern Ireland side matched Switzerland

Posted Thursday, September 09, 2021 by PA23 hits

Ian Baraclough told his young Northern Ireland players to be “very, very proud” of their display in a goalless World Cup qualifying draw with Switzerland.Though they needed another penalty save from Bailey Peacock-Farrell to avoid a defeat on the night, Northern Ireland created the better chances from open play and more than matched a side ranked 37 places above them in the world.The...Full Story »

Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s penalty save earns Northern Ireland a point

Posted Thursday, September 09, 2021 by PA18 hits

Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s penalty save earned Northern Ireland a point as they fought out an often intense but ultimately goalless World Cup qualifying draw against Switzerland at Windsor Park.Peacock-Farrell ensured there would be no repeat of events four years ago – when Ricardo Rodriguez’s hugely controversial spot-kick for the Swiss ended Northern Irish hopes of reaching the...Full Story »

Stephen Kenny not looking for assurances over his Republic of Ireland future

Posted Wednesday, September 08, 2021 by PA27 hits

Stephen Kenny insisted he does not need a vote of confidence from the Football Association of Ireland after seeing his team cling on to their fading World Cup hopes in dramatic fashion.An 86th-minute Nikola Milenkovic own goal at the Aviva Stadium saw the Republic of Ireland fight back to snatch a 1-1 draw with Serbia.The result spared their under-pressure manager further punishment after an unf...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland grab draw as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic goes from hero to zero

Posted Wednesday, September 08, 2021 by PA31 hits

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was both hero and villain for Serbia as the Republic of Ireland struck late once again to snatch a World Cup qualifying draw.On a night when the visitors, marshalled by the brilliant Dusan Tadic, were quicker in thought and deed for long periods, Milinkovic-Savic, who had earlier headed his side in front, thumped an attempted 86th-minute clearance straight at team-mate Ni...Full Story »

Shane Ferguson reflects on wonder strike that earned Northern Ireland victory

Posted Monday, September 06, 2021 by PA27 hits

Shane Ferguson admitted he could hardly have scripted things better as he marked his 50th appearance for Northern Ireland with a wonder strike that saw off Estonia 1-0 in a friendly.The 30-year-old revealed he had been battling injury in the build-up to the game but he came off the bench in the second half and settled an otherwise largely drab encounter by rifling a shot into the top right corne...Full Story »

Shane Ferguson wonder strike fires Northern Ireland to victory in Estonia

Posted Monday, September 06, 2021 by PA24 hits

Shane Ferguson marked his 50th cap for Northern Ireland with a wonder strike as they edged out Estonia 1-0 in a friendly.For 75 minutes the two sides played out a largely drab affair in Tallinn but second-half substitute Ferguson changed that when he lashed home a left-footed strike from 30 yards to spark jubilant celebrations.It made it two wins out of two for Ian Baraclough’s side this w...Full Story »

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