30/05/1963 Bilbao Spain 1-1 Willie Irvine
Bobby Irvine, Jimmy Magill, Alex Elder, Martin Harvey, Terry Neill, Billy McCullough, Billy Bingham, Johnny Crossan, Willie Irvine, Billy Humphries, Bobby Braithwaite
30/05/2004 Waterford Barbados 1-1 David Healy
Maik Taylor, Chris Baird (Steve Jones), Tony Capaldi (Stuart Elliott), Stephen Craigan, Mark Williams, Keith Gillespie (Colin Murdock), Damien Johnson, Phil Mulryne (Andy Smith), Danny Sonner (Paul McVeigh), David Healy (Gary Hamilton), James Quinn
Lawrie Sanchez was not a happy man at the final whistle and laid into both the referee and the playing surface. James Quinn was sent off for Northern Ireland in the first half.
“The surface was not what we expected, to be honest to you. It really affected how we played. The referee also made some interesting decisions and that affected how the team related to him.”
“We’ve got to learn not to let the refereeing affect us. Too many of the players got into arguments with the referee over decisions he made and that really affected our game. It is something that we will have to work on in the next two games.”
“Although I would have wanted to win the game, I think when all things are considered we did pretty well to come away with a draw. We are disappointed not to have won the game but having gone down to 10 men in the first half, this result was the best I could have hoped for. Barbados played well and they probably deserved their lead. We fought hard and I am happy that we did not lose the game.”
Northern Ireland secured a 1-1 draw with Barbados in the National Stadium in Barbados tonight although again they had to do things the difficult way by coming from behind.The home side took the game to Northern Ireland and in very hot conditions created a number of good chances in the opening minutes.
On 29 minutes, Mark Williams became involved with the Barbados centre forward in an aerial battle. Williams appeared to be elbowed in the face during the challenge and retaliated by striking his opponent. The referee, from Trinidad immediately produced the red card for Williams and unbelievably failed to take action against the home sides striker.
The referee had a very poor game by all accounts and gave decisions in both halfs that beggered belief.On 37 minutes a long throw on the right side was missed completely by goalkeeper Maik Taylor and Kenroy Skinner made no mistake from 4 yards to give the home side the lead.
Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez made two changes at the interval replacing Keith Gillespie and Phil Mulryne with Colin Murdock and Andy Smith.
On 58 minutes a deep cross from the left was handled by a Barbados defender and the referee awarded a penalty kick. David Healy’s spot kick however was acrobatically turned round the post by goalkeeper Adrian Chase.Sanchez made further changes in the second half to liven proceedings up.On 70 minutes Northern Ireland did get back on level terms when a cross from the right was nodded down by Andy Smith and Healy poked the ball past the goalkeeper to register his 11th International goal for Northern Ireland.
Further half chances were created by both sides in the latter stages but the game finished 1-1.
A disappointing night all round for the visiting team but a battling performance ensures the Caribbean tour doesn’t get off to a losing start.Northern Ireland’s next game is on Wednesday against St. Kitts before they complete their tour on Sunday next against Trinidad and Tobago in Tobago.
Northern Ireland: Taylor, Baird, Craigan, Williams (S/O 29mins), Capaldi, Gillespie (Murdock 45mins), Johnson, Sonner, Mulryne (Smith 45mins), Healy (goal 70 mins), Quinn