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Northern Ireland game : Positives and Negatives

26 May 2011 2,699 views No Comment Written by Michael


Stephen Ward

A belated début some would feel, but this was the Wolves man’s big opportunity, and he certainly took it. Is a jack of all trades at Wolves, proven by the fact he has started a couple of games as a striker this season. A direct attacking threat down the left wing all night. Scoring the first goal no doubt settled his nerves. Rarely will he have a night where he is has so few defensive duties to take care of.

Simon Cox

Another player on his debut who played like a man that had 20 caps under his belt. His relationship with Keane was impressive all night long and showed great movement at times. Next season will be a massive season for this player, who has proved his abilities in the lower divisions.

Clinical Finishing

Yes the poor opposition has to be taken into account, but Ireland were very clinical in front of goal, and that was very refreshing to see.  5 goals from 9 shots speaks volumes, as does having just under 60% possession with an untried line up.

Solid defence

A defence made up of Paul McShane, Stephen Kelly playing in the unaccustomed position of central defence, Damien Delaney making only his 3rd appearance, and Stephen Ward making his debut was never going to instil confidence, but they defended very well with the few attacks that were sent their way. All men looked assured and composed and a display like this can only help the 4 players confidence.

Strength in Depth

Arguably the most pleasing aspect of this fantastic win is that it now appears that Ireland’s squad is looking very strong. To be able to call upon players like Coleman, Hunt, Lawrence and Kevin Foley can only be a positive. In what was very much a second string Irish team, 8 of the starting 11 were from Premiership sides, which is always great to see.


Booing of God Save the Queen

In what was a fantastic Irish performance, it is so so disappointing that a few so called fans felt the need to boo another nations anthem. This is not what the so called best fans in the world should be doing and the few that were doing it bring shame to true Irish fans. The same goes for those booing Rangers or ex-Rangers players. Its not big and it is certainly not clever. We should be above this

Media’s concentration on the drop outs

Again, yes Northern Ireland were incredibly poor, but this was an excellent performance and the players deserved merits for it. Therefore it is disappointing to see the media concentrate on the players that were not in Dublin. It is beginning to appear that the Irish media prefer to focus on the negatives when it comes to the International side.

Red Card

Ended the match as any sort of contest, even if Northern Ireland were on the canvas and at the count of 9 by that stage. Poor decision by the ref.

Northern Ireland’s performance

Yes we should not really care about the struggles of Northern Ireland, but it is disappointing to see a side that a few years ago was beating England and Spain and now seem so passionless.

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