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Opening blitz fires Northern Irish hopes

Published: Tuesday 20 November 2007, 17.09CET
Northern Ireland 3-0 Moldova Three goals in the opening 13 minutes set the home side on course for a comfortable victory at Mourneview Park.
Published: Tuesday 20 November 2007, 17.09CET

Opening blitz fires Northern Irish hopes

Northern Ireland 3-0 Moldova Three goals in the opening 13 minutes set the home side on course for a comfortable victory at Mourneview Park.

Northern Ireland's aspirations of a first ever UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off appearance are very much alive after three goals in the opening 13 minutes set up a 3-0 victory against Moldova.

Goalscoring seam
Roy Millar's side claimed a 5-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday, and continued to mine that rich goalscoring seam on their return to Mourneview Park. Michael O'Connor got the opener after just two minutes and then Jamie Ward curled a fine shot in off the post. The match was all but over on 13 minutes when David Buchanan skipped past the defence before lifting his shot over the keeper to make it 3-0. There was no way back for Moldova, as Northern Ireland ensured they go into the new year top of Group 9 two points ahead of Germany, though they have played two more games.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.54CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Moldova

Moldova

11
BuchananDavid Buchanan
Goal11
3
I. AndronicIgor Andronic
3
CallaghanAaron Callaghan
4
BolohanVadim Bolohan (C)
6
GarrettRobert Garrett
Yellow Card68
1
CebanuIlie Cebanu (GK)
4
McArdleRory McArdle
16
CostrovIgor Costrov
1
TuffeyJonathan Tuffey (GK) (C)
6
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu
7
TurnerChris Turner
Substitution75
2
ErhanIulian Erhan
Substitution12
9
WaterworthAndy Waterworth
8
PatrașArtur Patraș
2
KaneTony Kane
11
SuvorovAlexandru Suvorov
5
CathcartCraig Cathcart
5
DolgovDmitri Dolgov
8
O'ConnorMichael O'Connor
Goal4
Substitution70
7
FrantuzMaxim Frantuz
Substitution46
10
WardJamie Ward
Goal10
Yellow Card57
Substitution60
10
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev
Substitution61

Substitutes

12
CarsonTrevor Carson (GK)
12
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
13
CasementChris Casement
9
StingaPetru Stinga
Substitution61
16
FordyceDaryl Fordyce
Substitution60
17
ȚurcanMihail Țurcan
Substitution12
14
MulgrewJamie Mulgrew
Substitution75
14
MaximAlexandru Maxim
18
StewartThomas Stewart
Substitution70
13
RudacNicolai Rudac
Substitution46
17
CarvillMichael Carville
15
IoniţăArtur Ioniţă
15
HowlandDavid Howland
18
PîslăDan Pîslă

Coach

Frederick Roy Millar (NIR) Ilie Carp (MDA)

Referee

Fırat Aydınus (TUR)

Assistant referees

Serkan Ok (TUR), Bülent Gökcü (TUR)

Fourth official

Aytekin Durmaz (TUR)

Legend:

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