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Northern Ireland hit for six in Germany

Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by PA80 hits

Serge Gnabry’s hat-trick condemned Northern Ireland to a 6-1 defeat to Germany in their final Group C fixture of Euro 2020 qualifying as outgoing manager Michael O’Neill suffered the second heaviest defeat of his eight-year reign.Michael Smith’s first international goal gave Northern Ireland a shock lead just seven minutes in at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, but it proved...Full Story »

Mick McCarthy not giving up on Euro 2020 qualification for Republic of Ireland

Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by PA32 hits

A defiant Mick McCarthy is refusing to give up on his Euro 2020 dream after seeing the Republic of Ireland come up just short in their showdown with Denmark.Monday night’s 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium means it is the Danes who progress automatically along with Switzerland, leaving Ireland to battle their way through the play-offs in March.McCarthy will not know who his team will face in t...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland miss out on automatic Euro 2020 spot after draw with Denmark

Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by PA46 hits

Matt Doherty’s late header was not enough to send the Republic of Ireland to the Euro 2020 finals as they came up just short in a tense encounter with old foes Denmark.Martin Braithwaite had stabbed the visitors into a 73rd-minute lead at the Aviva Stadium on a night when Ireland needed to win to progress automatically from Group D.Doherty headed Mick McCarthy’s men level with five m...Full Story »

Joachim Low ready to rotate squad for Northern Ireland clash

Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by PA84 hits

Germany coach Joachim Low could use Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland to experiment with his line-up and give opportunities to some fringe players in his squad.With qualification sewn up, the match offers Low a chance to continue the development of his young squad before next summer’s finals.“I will certainly make some changes tomorrow,” Low said. &ld...Full Story »

Davis misses penalty as Northern Ireland’s automatic qualification hopes end

Posted Sunday, November 17, 2019 by PA37 hits

Steven Davis missed a first-half penalty as Northern Ireland’s faint hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 ended with a 0-0 draw against Holland in what stands to be Michael O’Neill’s final home game in charge.Captain Davis, making his 116th appearance to overtake David Beckham as the UK’s most capped midfielder, blazed badly over the crossbar in the 32nd minute,...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland ease to friendly comeback victory over New Zealand

Posted Friday, November 15, 2019 by PA31 hits

Derrick Williams, Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson stole Troy Parrott’s thunder as the Republic of Ireland came from behind to secure a 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand.On a night when 17-year-old Tottenham striker Parrott was handed a senior debut for his country by Mick McCarthy – just as Robbie Keane had been back in 1998 – it was three more senior colleagues who opened the...Full Story »

O’Neill proud as Northern Ireland survive late fightback to beat Czech Republic

Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by PA80 hits

Michael O’Neill was proud of the way his players hung on as Northern Ireland survived a late fightback to beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Prague and secure a first friendly away win in 13 years.The Green and White Army achieved what England could not on Friday as a brace from Paddy McNair, either side of Jonny Evans’ strike, gave them a victory which eased the pain of Thursday’s...Full Story »

Aaron Connolly rues missed chances as Republic of Ireland held in Georgia

Posted Sunday, October 13, 2019 by PA49 hits

Aaron Connolly left Georgia ruing the one that got away after passing up a late chance to snatch a priceless Euro 2020 qualifier victory on his senior Republic of Ireland debut.The 19-year-old Brighton striker came off the bench with just 11 minutes remaining and had two chances to score, forcing a solid save from keeper Giorgi Loria and then firing into the side-netting in a cameo which lit up ...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland held to draw in Georgia

Posted Saturday, October 12, 2019 by PA57 hits

Debutant Aaron Connolly very nearly snatched victory in Georgia after coming off the bench to spark a late Republic of Ireland surge.The 19-year-old forced a 90th-minute save from keeper Giorgi Loria and then fired into the side-netting when he might have done better in a lightning cameo which almost paid rich dividends.Defender Shane Duffy, who had led a concerted rearguard action for much of a...Full Story »

Late heartbreak for Northern Ireland as Dutch hit back for victory

Posted Friday, October 11, 2019 by PA60 hits

Northern Ireland suffered heartbreak in Rotterdam as Holland scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 3-1 victory which leaves Euro 2020 qualification hopes hanging by a thread for Michael O’Neill’s men.Josh Magennis’ 75th-minute header had Northern Ireland dreaming of a victory which would have ranked amongst their greatest results, but it all fell apart late on.Memphis Depay...Full Story »

Netherlands vs Northern Ireland - Koeman expecting 'very direct confrontations'

Posted Thursday, October 10, 2019 by PA74 hits

Holland manager Ronald Koeman has warned his players they must be prepared to face “fighting machines” when they take on Northern Ireland in Thursday’s crunch Euro 2020 qualifier in Rotterdam.With Holland due in Belfast next month, both teams are viewing the double-header as a head-to-head battle for a ticket to next summer’s tournament, and, although the odds favour the ...Full Story »

James Collins comes off bench to seal Ireland victory over Bulgaria

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PA46 hits

James Collins enjoyed a dream Republic of Ireland debut as he came off the bench to seal a 3-1 friendly victory over Bulgaria.The Luton striker added his name to the score sheet with four minutes remaining as Mick McCarthy’s under-studies finally made the pressure tell with a late surge.Alan Browne and Kevin Long had both earlier scored first senior goals for their country either side of I...Full Story »

Troy Parrett brace leads Republic of Ireland Under-21s to win in Sweden

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PA48 hits

Tottenham striker Troy Parrott helped Republic of Ireland Under-21s earn a fine come-from-behind 3-1 victory in Sweden and keep them on track to qualify for Euro 2021.Behind at half time, Parrott was then introduced as a substitute and scored twice either side of Conor Masterson’s header.Ireland’s third win in Group One sent them top and maintained their 100 per cent record.Manager S...Full Story »

Spirited Northern Ireland Under-21s earn draw in Finland

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PA43 hits

Northern Ireland Under-21s battled to a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Finland in the second match of their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign.After a frustrating goalless draw at home to Malta on Friday, Ian Baraclough’s team had to settle for another point, but produced a spirited display to earn reward from this Group Eight fixture.Finland, fresh from a 2-0 win over Ukraine last weekend, only ...Full Story »

Northern Ireland suffer Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Germany

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by PA88 hits

Northern Ireland suffered their first defeat of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as Marcel Halstenberg’s thunderbolt sent Germany on their way to a 2-0 win in Belfast.The first of four crunch fixtures against the powerhouses of Group C – Northern Ireland face Holland in Rotterdam next – ended in defeat after Serge Gnabry rolled in a second in stoppage time, but the 18,000 fans...Full Story »

Northern Ireland Under-21s draw blank in Ballymena

Posted Saturday, September 07, 2019 by PA38 hits

Northenn Ireland Under-21s suffered frustration as they were held to a goalless draw by Malta in the opening match of their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign.The hosts dominated play at the Ballymena Showgrounds but could not make it count as they settled for a point from this Group Eight encounter. The first real chance for Northern Ireland came after 14 minutes. Jake Dunwoody’s dangerous cro...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland’s draw brings back fond memories for Mick McCarthy

Posted Friday, September 06, 2019 by PA50 hits

Mick McCarthy was reminded of reaching the World Cup as the Republic of Ireland fought back to snatch a Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Switzerland.McCarthy, who went to Italy in 1990 as a player under Jack Charlton and was in charge when Ireland made it to the Far East 12 years later, experienced a similar elation when David McGoldrick struck late to grab a point from a 1-1 draw in Dublin on Thu...Full Story »

Northern Ireland youngsters earn Michael O’Neill praise after narrow win

Posted Friday, September 06, 2019 by PA45 hits

Michael O’Neill praised Northern Ireland’s youngsters after an experimental side emerged with a 1-0 friendly win over Luxembourg on Thursday night.A horror own goal from Kevin Malget handed the Green and White Army victory at Windsor Park ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier against Germany on Monday night.O’Neill’s team selection was made with that game in mind as he kept ...Full Story »

McGoldrick rescues Republic of Ireland with late equaliser against Switzerland

Posted Friday, September 06, 2019 by PA65 hits

David McGoldrick chose the perfect moment to score his first international goal as the Republic of Ireland hit back to snatch a priceless 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier draw against Switzerland.The Sheffield United striker powered home an 85th-minute header seconds after Glenn Whelan had rattled the crossbar just when it look as though Fabian Schar’s earlier effort had handed the Group D favourit...Full Story »

Kevin Malget own goal hands Northern Ireland friendly win over Luxembourg

Posted Friday, September 06, 2019 by PA47 hits

A horror own goal from Kevin Malget was enough to give an experimental Northern Ireland side a 1-0 victory over Luxembourg in their Windsor Park friendly.Malget inexplicably headed into his own net eight minutes before half-time to settle a match short on quality as both sides looked to more important challenges to come on Monday.For Northern Ireland, that is a Euro 2020 qualifier against German...Full Story »

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