28/03/2016 Belfast Slovenia 1-0 Conor Washington
Roy Carroll, Craig Cathcart, Gareth McAuley (Aaron Hughes), Jonny Evans, Michael Smith (Conor McLaughlin), Oliver Norwood, Patrick McNair (Niall McGinn), Steven Davis, Shane Ferguson (Stuart Dallas), Conor Washington (Josh Magennis), Jamie Ward (Kyle Lafferty)
Conor Washington marked his home debut by earning Euro 2016-bound Northern Ireland victory over Slovenia in Monday’s friendly at Windsor Park.
Northern Ireland have now gone 10 games unbeaten for the first time surpassing the 9 games unbeaten between 1979-80 and 1985-86
Michael O’Neill – “Conor has strength, power and composure – he looks like he is going to be an asset for us. It’s a great achievement to go unbeaten in 10 games and now we just want to build on it.”
Conor Washington – “Scoring the goal was crazy but overall the boys played well and we deserved the win,” said a delighted Washington. To set the new 10-game unbeaten record is brilliant and hopefully we can take this form into the next few games and into the tournament in France. I’m pleased to get another start and a goal, and I just have to work hard and see where it takes me.”
28/03/2007 Belfast Sweden 2-1 David Healy (2)
Maik Taylor, Michael Duff, Steven Craigan, Aaron Hughes, Jonathan Evans, Damien Johnson, Chris Brunt (Ivan Sproule), Grant McCann, Steven Davis, Warren Feeney (Kyle Lafferty), David Healy (Sean Webb)
David Healy –
“As long as I can score goals and we can win games, who knows what can happen next year,” said the Leeds ace. It was a great occasion – we let ourselves down badly in our first game against Iceland but we’ve come on leaps and bounds to lead the group. When we met up last week Lawrie (Sanchez) gave us the group table to show what it would be like to be top of the standings – thank God we are. That’s five goals in two games and hopefully I can return to Leeds and score some goals to help the club stay in the Championship.”
Lawrie Sanchez –
“After six games to have 13 points is phenomenal but we’ll probably need as many points if not more over the next six games. It’s been a great night, we’ll enjoy it but we are only halfway there and there’s a lot more football left in this group. If we give David Healy chances he will score. He had two chances and scored both – top class, world class finishing. It was a bit disappointing to give away the goal but we’ve got great resilience and that’s been the trademark of this campaign.”
28/03/2000 Ta’Qali Malta 3-0 Michael Hughes pen, James Quinn, David Healy
Roy Carroll (Maik Taylor), Danny Griffin, Mark Williams, Colin Murdock, (Danny Sonner), Ian Nolan, Keith Gillespie (Damien Johnson), Steve Lomas, Neil Lennon, Michael Hughes (Kevin Horlock), David Healy, James Quinn (Adrian Coote)
The crowd was less than a thousand so the atmosphere was terrible, with a spell of complete silence just after the anthems.
The full team played VERY well, especially in the first half. A bit like in Luxembourg we played the ball to feet and kept possession well. But except against Malta we did it faster and tore them to bits. The movement of Healy, Quinn and Hughes had the defence all over the place, while Lomas and Lennon were always available for the pass and quickly won back possession. There was some rough tackling in this game as well, with the referee only seeming to book people for every 5 bookable offences! We could easily have scored double the 3 goals we did get. We also could easily had a player seriously injured. The U21 team watched the game from the bottom of the stand and there were a few people who didn’t see much of the match as they were too busy chatting to the u21’s.
Author: Richard Henry
28/03/1896 Belfast Scotland 3-3 James Barron (2), Bob Milne pen
Thomas Scott, John Ponsonby, Samuel Torrans, Hugh Gordon, Robert Milne, James Fitzpatrick, Gideon Baird, Denis Morrogh, Olphert Stanfield, James Barron, John Peden
* Trivia –
“Bob” Milne converted the first penalty in the history of international football. Born in Dublin on 20.8.1872, he was christened Denis Joseph Morrogh, but registered as James Denis Francis Morrogh.
The invention of the penalty kick is also credited to the goalkeeper and businessman William McCrum in 1890 in Milford, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
The Irish Football Association presented the idea to the International Football Association Board and finally after much debate, the board approved the idea on 2 June 1891.
28/03/1903 Belfast Wales 2-0 Archie Goodall, Paddy Sheridan
Billy Scott, Alex McCartney, Peter Boyle, Johnny Darling, Archie Goodall, Hugh Maginnis, Toby Mercer, Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Connor, Paddy Sheridan, Jack Kirwan
An overcast sky welcomed the two teams onto the turf at Solitude home of Cliftonville. The rain thankfully stayed away for kick-off for which both players and spectators alike were grateful for.
Peter Boyle (Sheffield United) the Irish captain won English referee Kirkham’s coin toss and choose his side to play with the wind at their backs. The “wind spoiled accurate play” but attacks came from both sides with Billy Mederith (Manchester City) and Archie Goodall (Derby Country) orchestrating it for Wales and Ireland respectively. Ireland won a couple of corner kicks but loose shots from Jack Kirwan (Tottenham Hotspur) proved the only highlight as Ireland’s shots on goal were weak.
Billy Mederith on one occasion for Wales beat Boyle but Alex McCartney (Linfield) blocked his shot, and from the immediate counter-attack Toby Mercer (Distillery) shot at goal only for Robert Evans (Wrexham) to save well.
The wind was strong enough at this point in the game to be noted again by the press in their match reports that it “completely spoiled the game” [The Glasgow Herald]. Good play by Ireland’s back line allowed for Mercer to have an opportunity on goal, he shot “magnificently” but the goalkeeper was able to save.
The home side had the better of the play for the remaining part of the first half with good opportunities missed by Mercer, Kirwan and Goodall respectively. Wales did of course have opportunities themselves but like Ireland Robert Atherton (Hibernian) and Mederith failed to take their chances.
The score at half-time was Ireland 0 – 0 Wales
As the second half was about to get underway a hailstorm began forcing referee Kirkham to send the players back to the pavilion. When the game eventually resumed Kirwan and Mercer missed good opportunities. Wales earned a couple of corner kicks which came to nothing.
Ireland had the vast majority of play thereafter and scored two goals through Goodall and James ‘Paddy’ Sheridan (Everton). Upon scoring Ireland’s centre-half Archie Goodall became the oldest goal scorer in the history of the Irish Football Association senior side at 38 years and 283 days old, a record which he still holds today.
Again comment was made on the strong wind spoiling the match but “Ireland was the better side and deserved to win by more.”
With this 2-0 victory for Ireland over Wales it presented them with 2 points enabling the side to finish as joint winners of that seasons British Home Championship along with England and Scotland. This was the first time that Ireland had featured as (joint) winners of the tournament and the crowd acknowledged the team with much enthusiasm.