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Faroe Islands feel Northern Ireland's force

Published: Saturday 11 October 2014, 22.37CET
Northern Ireland 2-0 Faroe Islands
Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty scored and Roy Carroll saved a penalty as Michael O'Neill's men earned a second Group F win.

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Match statistics

Northern IrelandFaroe Islands

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts26
 
3
on target9
 
0
off target13
 
3
blocked4
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
14

Standings

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Published: Saturday 11 October 2014, 22.37CET

Faroe Islands feel Northern Ireland's force

Northern Ireland 2-0 Faroe Islands
Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty scored and Roy Carroll saved a penalty as Michael O'Neill's men earned a second Group F win.

Defender Gareth McAuley gets early opener for Northern Ireland
Kyle Lafferty steals in to score stylish second
Roy Carroll then saves Fródi Benjaminsen's penalty
Six points from two Group F games for Michael O'Neill's men
Next games: Greece v Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands v Hungary (Tuesday)

Northern Ireland scored twice inside 21 minutes against the Faroe Islands in UEFA EURO 2016 Group F as the Faroe Islands were kept busy in Belfast.

Defender Gareth McAuley finished at the far post on six minutes after Chris Baird flicked Oliver Norwood's corner into his path, and Northern Ireland kept up the pace with Kyle Lafferty stealing in front of Faroese goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen to flick in from Shane Ferguson's curling ball on 21 minutes. Nielsen then produced a terrific save to keep out a Lafferty header – the Norwich City FC striker enjoying the game enough to give the goalkeeper a congratulatory hug aftewards.

Lafferty flashed a header wide not long afterwards, but Ferguson's tug on Jóan Edmundsson at the other end gave the visitors an unexpected chance to reduce the arrears. Captain Fródi Benjaminsen struck his penalty towards the corner, but the 37-year-old Roy Carroll flung himself to the left and pushed the ball against the post. Nielsen did his best to respond in kind, punching a swerving Norwood punt over just before the break.

The only small cloud on the horizon for Michael O'Neill's side as they reflect on their six Group F points so far is that they failed to score more in the second half. They kept the Faroese penned inside their half, Jamie Ward and Lafferty going close, while Connor McLaughlin was guilty of missing the target from a brilliant position.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.13CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013863/postmatch/report/index.html#northern+ireland+look+lively

Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
1
NielsenGunnar Nielsen (GK)
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
2
NaesJónas Tór Naes
Yellow Card15
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
Goal6
Substitution56
3
V. DavidsenViljormur Davidsen
6
BairdChris Baird
4
A. GregersenAtli Gregersen
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution67
5
NattestadRagnar Nattestad
8
S. DavisSteven Davis (C)
6
HanssonHallur Hansson
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Goal20
Substitution84
7
BenjaminsenFródi Benjaminsen (C)
Penalty37
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
10
HolstChristian Holst
Substitution82
17
FergusonShane Ferguson
Yellow Card36
11
KlettskardPáll Klettskard
Substitution75
18
HughesAaron Hughes
13
P. JustinussenPól Jóhannus Justinussen
Substitution90+1
19
WardJamie Ward
16
EdmundssonJóan Edmundsson

Substitutes

23
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
23
ThomsenTórdur Thomsen (GK)
12
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
12
GestssonTeitur Gestsson (GK)
3
McGivernRyan McGivern
8
HanssenLevi Hanssen
5
McCulloughLuke McCullough
Substitution56
9
SørensenGilli Sørensen
9
McKayBilly McKay
14
MellemgaardAlex Mellemgaard
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
15
BaldvinssonRógvi Baldvinsson
14
ClinganSammy Clingan
17
S. VatnhamarSølvi Vatnhamar
15
McCourtPaddy McCourt
Substitution67
18
HendrikssonBrandur Hendriksson
Substitution82
20
R. McLaughlinRyan McLaughlin
19
BartalsstovuKaj Bartalsstovu
Substitution90+1
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
Substitution84
20
DjurhuusHans Jørgen Djurhuus
22
ReevesBen Reeves
21
A. HansenArnbjørn Hansen
Substitution75
22
B. HansenBárdur Hansen

Coach

Michael O'Neill (NIR) Lars Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Danny Krasikow (ISR), Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)

Fourth official

Sharon Eyal (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Eli Hacmon (ISR), Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)

Legend:

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