04th September – Today In Our Footballing History

04/09/2015 Tórshavn Faroe Islands 3-1 Gareth McAuley (2), Kyle Lafferty

Michael McGovern, Conor McLaughlin (Josh Magennis), Gareth McAuley, Jonathan Evans, Chris Brunt (Shane Ferguson), Niall McGinn, Oliver Norwood, Chris Baird, Steven Davis, Stuart Dallas, Kyle Lafferty (Paddy McNair)

Northern Ireland went top of Group F and on the brink of Euro 2016 qualification after beating the 10-man Faroe Islands.

Michael O’Neill’s men took an early lead when Gareth McAuley headed in but the Faroes levelled before half-time through Joan Simun Edmundsson.

Northern Ireland struggled until Edmundsson was sent off in the 64th minute for a second bookable offence.

McAuley stooped to nod in his second goal and Kyle Lafferty got his sixth of the campaign 15 minutes from the end.

With Romania being held 0-0 in Hungary, Northern Ireland take over as leaders of the group with three fixtures left.

Source: bbc.co.uk

Michael O’Neill:

“I thought it was a great team performance and we showed how much set pieces are a strength for us. We try to make out opponents defend.

“We simply have to get over the line now and we want to do it on Monday night.”

“We seem to have come through unscathed and it would be fantastic if we could do it in front of our own fans at Windsor Park.”

“This group of players has really developed over the past couple of years and it would be a magnificent achievement.”

“There are some great players who deserve to get to a finals – Aaron Hughes has 97 caps, he wasn’t in the side tonight but still came from Australia to be part of this squad.”

Faroe Islands 1 - 3 Norhtern Ireland 4 September 2015

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04/09/1974 Oslo Norway 1-2 Tom Finney

Pat Jennings, Pat Rice, Dave Craig (Hugh Dowd), Allan Hunter, Liam O’Kane, Dave Clements, Bryan Hamilton, Tommy Cassidy, Tom Finney, Sammy McIlroy, Chris McGrath

A disappointing result for the Irish after Sunderland’s Thomas Finney had given them a dream start with a goal on 3 minutes, Tom Lund netted twice for Norway in the 2nd half on 50 and then on the end of a corner on 72. On 11th September Terry Neill was named the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur but, for now, Neill would continue with his part time role as boss of Northern Ireland.

Source: homepage.ntlworld.com/carousel

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