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Boss Stephen Kenny defends record as Republic of Ireland draw with Azerbaijan

Posted Sunday, September 05, 2021 by PA27 hits

Stephen Kenny has launched a passionate defence of his Republic of Ireland reign after admitting their World Cup hopes are realistically over.Ireland needed a late Shane Duffy equaliser to spare them the ignominy of a home defeat at the hands of Azerbaijan, ranked 112th in the world, as they belatedly opened their Group A account at the fourth time of asking after a 1-1 draw in Dublin.As a resul...Full Story »

Shane Duffy’s late equaliser gets the Republic of Ireland out of jail

Posted Sunday, September 05, 2021 by PA10 hits

Shane Duffy got the Republic of Ireland out of jail as they left it late to rescue their first point of the World Cup qualifying campaign with a face-saving 1-1 draw against Azerbaijan.Duffy’s 87th-minute header, his fifth international goal, cancelled out Emin Makhmudov’s stunning first-half strike and belatedly opened Ireland’s Group A account at the fourth attempt on an even...Full Story »

Northern Ireland get qualifying campaign on track with win in Lithuania

Posted Friday, September 03, 2021 by PA28 hits

Shayne Lavery and Daniel Ballard scored their first international goals as Northern Ireland breathed life into their World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding 4-1 win over Lithuania.Lavery’s goal on his first competitive start was a decisive third, much-needed after it took a Bailey Peacock-Farrell penalty save to stop a much-changed Northern Ireland side from throwing away a 2-0 lea...Full Story »

Portugal 2 - 1 Republic of Ireland: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks international goals record to crush Ireland hopes

Posted Thursday, September 02, 2021 by PA53 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo became international football’s record goalscorer with a last-gasp double to snatch Portugal an unlikely victory from the Republic of Ireland’s grasp.The 36-year-old celebrated his return to Manchester United in style by almost single-handedly rescuing the Portuguese with headers in the 89th minute and the sixth minute of stoppage time to make it 2-1 just as it look...Full Story »

Man Utd fans have mixed reaction to new third kit… with dark blue shirt compared to Northern Rail seating colours

Posted Monday, August 23, 2021 by Thesun.co.uk59 hits

MANCHESTER UNITED have produced some iconic kits over their 143-year history including their Class of 92 inspired away gear released this season. But their new third strip seems to have prompted some unflattering comparisons to the colour scheme of Northern Rail train seats. Man United's third kit shirt has led some fans to draw comparisons with Northern Rail's seat colours The new shirt fe...Full Story »

Ali McCann believes Northern Ireland were unlucky to leave Ukraine empty-handed

Posted Friday, June 04, 2021 by PA43 hits

Ali McCann believes Northern Ireland were unlucky to leave Dnipro empty-handed after a 1-0 friendly defeat to Ukraine on Thursday night.Oleksandr Zubkov’s 10th-minute header proved the difference on the night in an open match which saw both sides have plenty of opportunities.Euro 2020-bound Ukraine dominated the early going and would have hoped to put the game to bed by half-time, but Nort...Full Story »

Northern Ireland suffer narrow friendly defeat in Ukraine

Posted Friday, June 04, 2021 by PA37 hits

Second-half chances went unrewarded as Northern Ireland fell to a 1-0 friendly defeat against Ukraine on Thursday night.After Oleksandr Zubkov highlighted a strong Ukrainian start with a 10th-minute goal it looked as though the hosts might cruise to a big win, but they spent much of the second half on the back foot as Northern Ireland gave Andriy Shevchenko plenty to think about going into Euro ...Full Story »

Troy Parrott double helps Republic of Ireland earn first win under Stephen Kenny

Posted Friday, June 04, 2021 by PA51 hits

Troy Parrott’s first international goals spared the Republic of Ireland’s blushes as they came from behind in Andorra to finally hand manager Stephen Kenny victory at the 12th attempt.The 19-year-old Tottenham striker cancelled out Marc Vales’ shock 52nd-minute opener with a sweet strike and then powered home a header to restore order in Andorra La Vella with Jason Knight and s...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough believes Northern Ireland ‘ticked most of the boxes’ in Malta win

Posted Monday, May 31, 2021 by PA34 hits

Ian Baraclough admitted his Northern Ireland side were not at their best in Sunday’s 3-0 friendly win over Malta but that did not matter as the goals finally flowed and he could celebrate his first victory inside 90 minutes at the 12th attempt.Northern Ireland got some monkeys off their back as Baraclough got his first win since the penalty shoot-out victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina las...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough boosted by friendly victory as Northern Ireland ease past Malta

Posted Monday, May 31, 2021 by PA38 hits

Ian Baraclough recorded his first win as Northern Ireland manager inside 90 minutes as they eased to a 3-0 friendly win over Malta in Austria.After Jordan Jones capitalised on a defensive mistake just two minutes in, quickfire second-half goals from Gavin Whyte and Ali McCann effectively ended the game as a contest.It was not always convincing against a side ranked 175th in the world and dealing...Full Story »

Northern Ireland Women make sure of qualification for Euro 2022 finals

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by PA28 hits

Marissa Callaghan and Nadene Caldwell confirmed Northern Ireland’s qualification for their first major finals as they reached Women’s Euro 2022 with a 2-0 play-off second leg victory over Ukraine.Skipper Callaghan’s 55th-minute strike gave her side the lead at Seaview in Belfast before substitute Caldwell added a second deep into stoppage time to make it 4-1 on aggregate.Kenny ...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough rues missed chances as Northern Ireland see World Cup hopes fade

Posted Thursday, April 01, 2021 by PA34 hits

Ian Baraclough was left to wonder what more his Northern Ireland players could have done as their must-win World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria ended in a frustrating goalless draw.Baraclough’s side dominated possession and kept a young Bulgaria side pegged back deep inside their own half for most of the night, but a lack of cutting edge proved costly as they failed to make their chances p...Full Story »

Northern Ireland’s World Cup hopes suffer blow with draw against Bulgaria

Posted Thursday, April 01, 2021 by PA28 hits

Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup suffered a major setback as they were held to a goalless draw by Bulgaria at Windsor Park.Ian Baraclough’s side dominated what had been billed as a ‘must-win game in Belfast but could not find a breakthrough, with Stuart Dallas going closest when he headed onto the crossbar midway through the first half.The draw leav...Full Story »

‘I know what I’m doing’ – Stephen Kenny defies Republic of Ireland critics

Posted Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by PA50 hits

A defiant Stephen Kenny has insisted criticism of his reign to date is “irrelevant” to him as he attempts to build a new-look Republic of Ireland team.Ireland ended a difficult international window with a 1-1 friendly draw against World Cup hosts Qatar in Debrecen after their hopes of making it to the finals were dealt a potentially fatal blow by opening Group A defeats at the hands ...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland held by Qatar as Stephen Kenny’s wait for first win goes on

Posted Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by PA25 hits

James McClean’s first international goal for three and a half years handed the Republic of Ireland a friendly draw with Qatar as Stephen Kenny’s wait for a first win extended to 11 games.McClean fired Ireland, who were out to restore pride against the World Cup hosts at the Nagyerdei Stadium in Debrecen after Saturday’s desperate qualifying defeat by Luxembourg, into a fourth-m...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough says Northern Ireland need to win against Bulgaria after USA loss

Posted Monday, March 29, 2021 by PA30 hits

Ian Baraclough was left frustrated as Northern Ireland’s winless run continued with a 2-1 friendly defeat to the United States at Windsor Park.With Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria looming large, Northern Ireland suffered an all-too-familiar outcome in Belfast as a positive performance went unrewarded, with goals from Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic putting the Americ...Full Story »

Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic give USA victory over Northern Ireland

Posted Monday, March 29, 2021 by PA33 hits

It was a familiar feeling for Northern Ireland as a positive performance went unrewarded in a 2-1 friendly defeat to the United States at Windsor Park.Gio Reyna, the 18-year-old born in the north east of England when his father Claudio was playing for Sunderland, opened the scoring with a deflected strike before Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic doubled their advantage before the hour with a dis...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland suffer shock defeat to Luxembourg in World Cup qualifier

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2021 by PA37 hits

Gerson Rodrigues condemned the Republic of Ireland to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat in Dublin as Luxembourg won a World Cup qualifier for just the sixth time in their history.The striker blasted home an 85th-minute winner at the Aviva Stadium to all but end Ireland’s hopes of making it out of Group A after just two games and pile the pressure on manager Stephen Kenny, who has won none of his ...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough focuses on positives from Northern Ireland’s defeat to Italy

Posted Friday, March 26, 2021 by PA28 hits

Ian Baraclough has told his Northern Ireland side to build on their second-half performance in defeat to Italy when they continue their World Cup qualifying push against Bulgaria in Belfast on Wednesday.Though the Group C campaign began with a 2-0 loss in Parma there were plenty of positives from a Northern Ireland side who were the better team for long stretches after the break, but failed to c...Full Story »

Northern Ireland beaten by Italy in opening World Cup qualifier

Posted Friday, March 26, 2021 by PA26 hits

Northern Ireland made a losing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign as they were beaten 2-0 by Italy, but there were promising signs in Parma.On the night when captain Steven Davis matched Peter Shilton’s British record of 125 international appearances, Northern Ireland looked the better side for much of the second half but were left to rue two first-half lapses which had put the h...Full Story »

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