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

Posted Friday, June 04, 2021 by PA21 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 PA17 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 PA16 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 PA19 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 PA19 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 PA18 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 PA24 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 PA16 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 PA23 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 PA19 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 PA20 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 PA25 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 PA27 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 PA18 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 PA18 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 »

Hull without Northern Ireland duo for Gillingham clash

Posted Friday, March 26, 2021 by PA59 hits

Leaders Hull are without Northern Ireland pair Josh Magennis and Gavin Whyte as they host in-form Gillingham in Sky Bet League One.Forward Magennis and midfielder Whyte are both unavailable to the promotion-chasing Tigers due to World Cup qualifiers.Defenders Brandon Fleming and Sean McLoughlin are both nearing returns after injury but Max Clark is not expected back until next month.Richie Small...Full Story »

Aleksandar Mitrovic scores twice as Serbia edge out the Republic of Ireland

Posted Thursday, March 25, 2021 by PA17 hits

Substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic served up a timely reminder of his potency with a high-quality double as Serbia condemned the Republic of Ireland to defeat in their opening World Cup qualifier.The striker, currently out of favour at Premier League Fulham, outrageously chipped rookie keeper Mark Travers and then headed home a second in a decisive second-half cameo at the Rajko Mitic Stadium to est...Full Story »

Jayne Ludlow rues Northern Ireland results as Wales miss out on Euro 2022

Posted Wednesday, December 02, 2020 by PA26 hits

Wales manager Jayne Ludlow admitted the failure to beat Northern Ireland cost them their European Championship dream.Northern Ireland secured a play-off spot at the 2022 finals by finishing second in Group C to Norway, edging out Wales courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.Wales are 21 places higher than Northern Ireland in the FIFA women’s world rankings, 34th to 55th, and finish...Full Story »

Paddy McNair to be assessed after busy Northern Ireland schedule

Posted Friday, November 20, 2020 by PA46 hits

Unhappy Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock will make a late check on midfielder Paddy McNair ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with promotion rivals Norwich.McNair played 104 minutes of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off final defeat by Slovakia and then the full 90 minutes of the Nations League fixtures against Austria and Romania, much to his club manager’s displ...Full Story »

Stephen Kenny still awaiting first win with Ireland following Bulgaria draw

Posted Thursday, November 19, 2020 by PA28 hits

Stephen Kenny saluted his Republic of Ireland players as a bruising Nations League campaign ravaged by coronavirus and injuries ended with him still awaiting his first win.Ireland have gone eight games without a victory under their new manager and perhaps more worryingly, 11 hours without a goal after a 0-0 draw with Bulgaria in Dublin which was enough to secure their League B status, but nothin...Full Story »

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