06/06/2004 Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 David Healy (2), Stuart Elliot
Maik Taylor (Alan Mannus), Chris Baird, Tony Capaldi, Stephen Craigan, Mark Williams, Stuart Elliott (Steve Jones), Damien Johnson (Keith Gillespie), Phil Mulryne (Danny Sonner), Jeff Whitley, David Healy, James Quinn (Andy Smith)
Northern Ireland finished off their Caribbean Tour with an emphatic 3-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium.
David Healy with two goals has now become Northern Irelands all time top international goalscorer with 14 goals. Lawrie Sanchez was delighted with his men as they now stretch their unbeaten record to five games which is the best in 25 years.
It took Northern Ireland only 4 minutes to hit the net with David Healy scoring from a 40 yard free kick after he had been fouled. Trinidad would have scored an equaliser through Stern John except for a wonderful save from captain Maik Taylor. Northern Ireland scored again before half time when Stuart Elliott scored from close range after a great cross from Healy.
In the second half David Healy finished off the scoring by putting the ball into the net after a poorly cleared corner and thrust himself into the Northern Ireland record books.
Lawrie Sanchez said “It will build up our confidence significantly for the for our World Cup games.”
Maik Taylor (c), Chris Baird, Mark Williams, Stephen Craigan, Tony Capaldi, Philip Mulryne, Damien Johnson, Jeff Whitley, Stuart Elliott, David Healy, James Quinn.
David Healy: “We were on a Caribbean tour and in the final game I needed one goal to equal the Northern Ireland scoring record of 13 and two to break it. The first goal I scored that night was dubious because the referee blew for a free-kick and nobody really knew who it was for. I thought it was for us and with the ball on the ground I chipped the free-kick over their goalkeeper from 40 yards and in it went. The second goal came after my old Lisburn Youth striking partner Andy Smith flicked on a corner and I knocked it in at the back post. As I ran away celebrating like a madman, I’m not sure my team-mates knew the significance of the goal, but it meant the world to me passing the Northern Ireland record.”Advertisements