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Northern Ireland prepared for penalties, reveals Ian Baraclough

Posted Friday, October 09, 2020 by PA28 hits

Ian Baraclough credited Northern Ireland’s homework for their win in Sarajevo as they kept hopes alive of reaching a second successive European Championship by beating Bosnia and Herzegovina on penalties.Liam Boyce struck the winning penalty in the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off semi-final after Bailey Peacock-Farrell had saved from Haris Hajradinovic and Edin Visca hit the crossbar, giving...Full Story »

Liam Boyce the penalty hero as Northern Ireland reach Euro 2020 play-off final

Posted Friday, October 09, 2020 by PA29 hits

Liam Boyce fired Northern Ireland into a Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final against Slovakia as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in a penalty shoot-out in Sarajevo.Bailey Peacock-Farrell saved from Haris Hajradonovic and Edin Visca hit the crossbar before Northern Ireland emerged from their first ever penalty shoot-out 4-3 winners thanks to Boyce’s strike.It means Northern Ireland will have a...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland heartache as Slovakia win Euro 2020 play-off on penalties

Posted Friday, October 09, 2020 by PA43 hits

Alan Browne and Matt Doherty suffered penalty shoot-out misery as the Republic of Ireland bowed out of the Euro 2020 play-offs in agonising fashion against Slovakia in Bratislava.Stephen Kenny’s men created the better chances in the game which ended 0-0 after extra-time, during which substitute Browne hit the post, but went down 4-2 on penalties.As a result, it is Slovakia who will meet No...Full Story »

Danes end Northern Ireland’s European Under-21 Championship qualifying hopes

Posted Wednesday, September 09, 2020 by PA62 hits

Northern Ireland Under-21s slipped to a 1-0 Euro qualifying defeat to Denmark in Ballymena.Andreas Olsen scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the second half to send Northern Ireland to a third defeat in Group H, which ends their hopes of reaching next year’s finals.Andy Crosby’s side drop to fifth in the table, while Denmark remain top having taken 19 points from seven matc...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough rues disrupted build-up as Northern Ireland suffer Norway rout

Posted Tuesday, September 08, 2020 by PA43 hits

Ian Baraclough admitted a series of late changes had hampered Northern Ireland’s preparations before they suffered a 5-1 rout at the hands of Norway at Windsor Park on Monday night.Though Steven Davis made his 119th appearance to equal Pat Jennings’ Northern Ireland caps record, the team-sheet was more notable for the absence of Jonny Evans and Jamal Lewis as Baraclough was forced to...Full Story »

Northern Ireland hammered by Norway in Nations League clash at Windsor Park

Posted Tuesday, September 08, 2020 by PA49 hits

Northern Ireland were made to pay for a makeshift defence as Norway scored three times in the opening 20 minutes on their way to a 5-1 Nations League victory at Windsor Park.With Jonny Evans and Jamal Lewis both missing from the matchday squad, Northern Ireland were repeatedly exposed at the back with Bailey Peacock-Farrell – the hero of Friday’s 1-1 draw in Romania – unable to...Full Story »

Fredrik Jensen strike sinks Republic of Ireland in Dublin

Posted Monday, September 07, 2020 by PA90 hits

Substitute Fredrik Jensen ruined Stephen Kenny’s big night as he came off the bench to fire Finland to Nations League victory over the Republic of Ireland.Jensen had been on the pitch for just 18 seconds when he fired the Finns ahead somewhat against the run of play to ensure the manager’s first home game ended in a 1-0 defeat at an empty Aviva Stadium.After a pedestrian first half, ...Full Story »

Romania draw feels like a win for Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough

Posted Saturday, September 05, 2020 by PA45 hits

Ian Baraclough claimed Northern Ireland’s 1-1 draw in Romania felt like a win as they snatched an 86th-minute equaliser through Gavin Whyte after playing more than half the night with 10 men.George Puscas tapped into an empty net with 25 minutes gone and Josh Magennis collected two soft yellow cards to be sent off six minutes before the break, but Bailey Peacock-Farrell made a string of ou...Full Story »

Bailey Peacock-Farrell helps spare Northern Ireland from defeat in Romania

Posted Saturday, September 05, 2020 by PA36 hits

Gavin Whyte’s late header earned 10-man Northern Ireland an unlikely draw and their first ever Nations League point as it finished 1-1 against Romania in Bucharest, but manager Ian Baraclough owed a huge debt to his goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.The Green and White Army were frustrated for much of the night, falling behind when George Puscas poked Romania in front after 25 minutes, and...Full Story »

Late Shane Duffy header rescues draw for Republic of Ireland against Bulgaria

Posted Friday, September 04, 2020 by PA43 hits

Captain Shane Duffy left it late to ensure Stephen Kenny’s big night did not end in defeat as the Republic of Ireland fought back to secure a 1-1 Nations League draw in Bulgaria.Kenny’s first game in charge looked destined to end in a disappointing defeat until central defender Duffy, who this week sealed a loan move to Celtic from Brighton, headed home his fourth international goal ...Full Story »

Middlesbrough without Northern Ireland pair for cup clash

Posted Thursday, September 03, 2020 by PA38 hits

Middlesbrough will be without George Saville and Paddy McNair for their Carabao Cup first-round tie at home to Shrewsbury.The pair are away on international duty with Northern Ireland for their Nations League matches against Romania and Norway.Teenage midfielder Sam Folarin has impressed in pre-season and could make his debut at some stage, while defender Nathan Wood has also caught the eye of m...Full Story »

Northern Ireland hit for six in Germany

Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by PA151 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 PA56 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 PA77 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 PA152 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 PA55 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 PA56 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 PA113 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 PA69 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 PA86 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 »

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