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Northern Ireland off the mark against Cyprus

Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 22.33CET
Northern Ireland 1-0 Cyprus
Jim Magilton's side remain bottom of Group 9 despite opening their account courtesy of an Andreas Christofides deflection.
Northern Ireland off the mark against Cyprus
Northern Ireland beat Cyprus at Mourneview Park ©UEFA.com

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Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 22.33CET

Northern Ireland off the mark against Cyprus

Northern Ireland 1-0 Cyprus
Jim Magilton's side remain bottom of Group 9 despite opening their account courtesy of an Andreas Christofides deflection.

Northern Ireland are off the mark in qualifying Group 9 thanks to a 1-0 win against Cyprus in Lurgan.

Defeated in all of their first five fixtures in the section – including a 3-0 reverse in Nicosia in May – Jim Magilton's side earned their first win with a goal five minutes from the end, Andreas Christofides directing substitute Jonny Gorman's free-kick past his own goalkeeper at Mourneview Park. It was the home side's first shot on target, and they might have had a second goal when Gorman drew a good save from Giorgos Loizou in the final stages.

Ryan Brobbell had an effort blocked in the first half, and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Conor Brennan had a first save of note to make on 62 minutes, when he denied Kostakis Artymatas. Captain Pieros Sotiriou and Nikos Efthimiou then threatened, but a draw seemed the most likely result until Gorman's late intervention. Cyprus stay fourth in Group 9, three points adrift of third-placed Italy and seven behind pacesetters Belgium.

Last updated: 05/06/15 5.53CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
BrennanConor Brennan (GK)
1
LoizouGiorgos Loizou (GK)
2
DonnellyLiam Donnelly
2
MoulazimisDimitris Moulazimis
3
ConlanLuke Conlan
3
LaifisKostas Laifis
Yellow Card87
4
TempestGregory Tempest
5
ChristofidesAndreas Christofides
Yellow Card77
Goal85
5
McCulloughLuke McCullough (C)
7
EnglezouNikos Englezou
6
Sendles-WhiteJamie Sendles-White
Yellow Card45
9
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou (C)
Substitution73
7
С. WinchesterCarl Winchester
10
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
8
BrobbellRyan Brobbell
Yellow Card69
11
EfthimiouNikos Efthimiou
Yellow Card87
9
LaveryCaolan Lavery
Substitution75
16
RoushiasOnisiforos Roushias
10
MillarKirk Millar
Substitution66
17
M. StylianouMarios Stylianou
Substitution46
11
CarsonJosh Carson
Substitution66
18
FroxyliasDimitris Froxylias
Substitution58

Substitutes

12
Ross GlendinningRoss Glendinning (GK)
12
PanayiKostas Panayi (GK)
13
McKeownRory McKeown
4
PanagiotouEmilios Panagiotou
Substitution58
14
ThompsonAdam Thompson
6
TheodorouPanos Theodorou
15
GormanJonny Gorman
Substitution66
13
FurlongeAnthony Furlonge
16
McGeehanCameron McGeehan
Substitution66
Yellow Card90+1
14
K. AndreouKristis Andreou
Substitution73
17
MorganDavid Morgan
19
DemetriouJames Demetriou
18
McCartanSeamus McCartan
Substitution75
20
DjamasChristos Djamas
Substitution46

Coach

Jim Magilton (NIR) Apostolos Makridis (CYP)

Referee

Suren Baliyan (ARM)

Assistant referees

Erik Arevshatyan (ARM), Vanik Simonyan (ARM)

Fourth official

Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution