Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Alan Green: David Healy on slippery slope to Irish League

Published 13/10/2010

Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's David Healy with Faroe Islands Johan T Davidsen
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's David Healy with Faroe Islands Johan T Davidsen
Northern Ireland's David Healy replaced Warren Feeney in the second half of the Faroe Islands game
It has been two years since David Healy scored for Northern Ireland
David Healy
Norther Ireland's David Healy battles Italy's Daniele De Rossi
28/03/07.- Euro 2008 Qualifier, Northern.Ireland v Sweden at Windsor Park, Belfast. David Healy scores his second goal.
David Healy (left) smashes home one of the most famous goals in Northern Ireland football history leaving Ashley Cole and his England team-mates stunned
David Healy celebrates his goal against England at Windsor Park.
6th September 2006 - Northern Ireland's hat-trick hero David Healy celebrates his winning goal against Spain during the Euro 2008 match against Iceland at Belfast's Windsor Park
7/9/05 England's Ashley Cole looks on as Northern Ireland's David Healy scores during the World Cup qualifier between Northern Ireland and England at Windsor Park in Belfast
International Friendly 3/3/2010, Northern Ireland vs Albania. A frustrated David Healy
David Healy has endured some frustrating nights for Northern Ireland in recent months

I so wish that header had gone in the net.

Just before half time at Windsor Park, David Healy found himself standing, unmarked, a couple of yards from the Italian goal line.

Somehow, he contrived to miss when it seemed far easier to score. A chance of a major upset had gone.

Yes, I know, this Italy isn’t especially good but it would still have been a considerable scalp.

I’ve always found the striker something of an enigma. You look at his international record (we have to admit it . . . playing for a ‘modest’ country) and it’s phenomenal: 35 goals in 83 appearances including the winner against England in 2005 and a hat-trick in the victory over Spain a year later. It betters or ranks along with the greatest goal scorers.

But, to me, Healy has never quite cut it at club level and, at 31, I fear he never will.

He could be back playing in the Irish League soon enough and, worryingly, he looks a little lost wearing a green shirt at the moment.

I don’t know why Worthington didn’t go with Lafferty.

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