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Healy shines in Irish triumph

Published: Wednesday 11 October 2006, 22.45CET
Northern Ireland 1-0 Latvia David Healy scored as Northern Ireland continued their strong start to qualifying against Latvia at Windsor Park.
Healy shines in Irish triumph
David Healy celebrates his goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Northern IrelandLatvia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners3
 
3
Fouls committed22
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 11 October 2006, 22.45CET

Healy shines in Irish triumph

Northern Ireland 1-0 Latvia David Healy scored as Northern Ireland continued their strong start to qualifying against Latvia at Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland go into a five-month break in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying with their hopes of progressing from Group F very much alive after David Healy's goal earned a 1-0 victory against Latvia at Windsor Park.

Kolinko busy
Having scored a hat-trick in the remarkable 3-2 triumph against Spain in their last home game, Healy was again the hero as third-placed Northern Ireland made it seven points from four games. The Leeds United AFC striker pounced ten minutes before half-time, cleverly flicking the ball over Maris Smirnovs with his head before slipping it beyond Aleksandrs Kolinko. It was a busy night for the goalkeeper, who was beaten again midway through the second half and although Steven Davis's effort was ruled out, it mattered not as the home team prevailed.

Davis direction
Buoyed by an impressive goalless draw in Denmark at the weekend, the Irish started brightly with Kyle Lafferty firing just wide early on as the visitors were forced on to the back foot. With Aston Villa FC's Davis dictating things from midfield and Keith Gillespie and Jonny Evans causing problems with their searching long balls, a goal seemed only a matter of time and two minutes after Healy had an effort deflected just wide, he broke the deadlock with a composed finish.

Karlsons effort
It was his 24th goal in 54 international appearances and he almost made it 25 on the hour when he whipped in a shot which Kolinko saved with his knees. It came in the midst of a dominant spell by the home team and Davis thought he had doubled the lead on 65 minutes but his effort was ruled out as Lafferty had strayed offside. Instead, Northern Ireland clung on to their narrow advantage, with goalkeeper Maik Taylor saving well from Girts Karlsons as Sanchez's men moved four points clear of their opponents in Group F.

Last updated: 12/10/06 0.49CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Latvia

Latvia

1
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
2
BairdChris Baird
2
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
3
J. EvansJonny Evans
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
Yellow Card86
5
CraiganStephen Craigan
4
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
6
ClinganSammy Clingan
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
7
GillespieKeith Gillespie
7
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
Substitution46
8
DavisSteven Davis
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Substitution78
9
HealyDavid Healy
Goal35
Substitution90+1
15
SoloņicinsGenadijs Soloņicins
Substitution86
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Yellow Card48
Substitution89
20
G. KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
11
JohnsonDamien Johnson
25
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
18
HughesAaron Hughes (C)
29
PaharsMarians Pahars

Substitutes

12
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
12
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
16
QuinnJames Quinn
Substitution89
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
Substitution46
Yellow Card68
17
FeeneyWarren Feeney
Substitution90+1
16
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution86
4
CapaldiTony Capaldi
19
KalninšGatis Kalninš
Substitution78
13
SprouleIvan Sproule
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
14
JonesStephen Jones
14
SurninsPāvels Surnins
15
McCannGrant McCann
23
GrebisKristaps Grebis

Coach

Lawrie Sanchez (NIR) Jurijs Andrejevs (LVA)

Referee

Helmut Fleischer (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Scheibel (GER), Detlef Scheppe (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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