01st March – Today In Our Footballing History

01/03/2006 Belfast Estonia 1-0 Ivan Sproule

Maik Taylor, Michael Duff, Stephen Craigan (Brian McLean), Gareth McAuley, Tony Capaldi, Ivan Sproule (Steve Jones), Steven Davis (Stuart Elliott), Chris Baird, Chris Brunt (Grant McCann), James Quinn (Peter Thompson), David Healy (Warren Feeney)

Ivan Sproule – “Hopefully, it is the first of many. It was my first touch and was something we had been working on in training, me coming in at the far post. It came off David Healy and I just smashed it in.”

Lawrie Sanchez – “It was a scruffy game, but in the past we were losing scruffy games so it was a good result. It is important to win football matches. The first half was good but the second was a bit more disjointed as we made substitutions. We had to think about players with matches on Saturday and to give them a chance to rest. There were chances for us to win by more, but to be fair they had opportunities too and Maik Taylor pulled off saves when he had to. It was good for Ivan to get his goal. He is a crowd pleaser and you could hear their reaction every time he got the ball. They like a quick winger.”

N Ireland 1-0 Estonia

Sproule hungry for more NI goals

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Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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