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Magilton's boys rue missed chances

By Stuart McKinley

Published 09/09/2015

Northern Ireland secured their first point in the European Under-21 Championship with a 1-1 draw against Iceland, but will feel that they could have had all three.

They led for almost the entire first-half after Ryan Johnson opened the scoring with just two minutes gone. Even after Aron Elis Thrandarson levelled eight minutes before half-time, Northern Ireland still looked strong.

Michael Duffy missed a great chance just before the break and Darren McKnight and Mikhail Kennedy, who scored in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Scotland, were both unfortunate with opportunities midway through the second-half.

Jim Magilton's boys knew they had a tough task on their hands as Iceland had beaten France 3-2 on Saturday, but they got an early shot of confidence when Stevenage defender Johnson headed home McKnight's corner.

McKnight tested the goalkeeper just a couple of minutes later from a free-kick.

Thrandarson's equaliser came just seconds after Ryan McLaughlin had seen an attempt intercepted at the other end.

Lewis Maloney had a shot blocked following a corner in the opening minute of the second-half. Iceland sub Viktor Jonsson could have won the game in injury-time, but missed the target.

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