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Saturday 28 February 2015

Northern Ireland limp to draw against Faroe Islands

Northern Ireland fans Jim Rainey(left) and Andrew Brown (right) with German fans Rolf Walter and Falk Maebert who travelled from Berlin by car and Ferry to support Northern Ireland against the Faroe Islands
Northern Ireland fans Jim Rainey(left) and Andrew Brown (right) with German fans Rolf Walter and Falk Maebert who travelled from Berlin by car and Ferry to support Northern Ireland against the Faroe Islands
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty takes a shot at goal
EURO 2012, Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland: Disappointment for Northern Ireland fans
EURO 2012, Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's Warren Feeney with Faroe Islands Johan Troest Davidsen
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn with Faroe Islands Daniel Udsen
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland Manager Nigel Worthington with Aaron Hughes and Maik Taylor
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes and Maik Taylor
2, Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn with Faroe Islands Jakup Mikkelsen
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn hits the side net
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates eeequalising against the Faroe Islands
Northern Ireland's Warren Feeney
Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (right) is challenged by Faroe Islands' Daniel Udsen during the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying match at Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands
Northern Ireland's Warren Feeney (left) is challenged by Faroe Islands' Daniel Udsen during the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying match at Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands' Joan Edmundsson (centre) is challenged by Northern Ireland's Chris Baird and Aaron Hughes (right) during the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying match at Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's Chris Baird with Faroe Islands Hjalgrin Elttor
Faroe Islands' Christian Holst celebrates scoring their first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying match at Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands manager Brian Kerr (left) celebrates their draw against Northern Ireland during the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying match at Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans challenges Faroe Islands' Johan Troest Davidsen
Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn with Faroe Islands' Daniel Udsen
Faroe Islands' Christian Holst (obscured) is mobbed by teammates as he celebrates scoring their first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying match at Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland's David Healy with Faroe Islands Johan T Davidsen
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (front) and Chris Brunt celebrate equalising against the Faroe Islands
Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn celebrates as the ball hits the back of the net
Northern Ireland's Warren Feeney and Faroe Islands' Erling Jacobsen
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty is challenged by Faroe Islands' Daniel Udsen
EURO 2012, Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland fans
Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley shows his frustration
Northern Ireland's David Healy replaced Warren Feeney in the second half of the Faroe Islands game
Ireland.Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty rues a missed opportunity
Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt takes on Faroe Islands' Simun Samuelsen
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis with jumps ahead of Faroe Islands' Joan Simun Edmundsson
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis challenges Faroe Islands' Frodi Benjaminsen
Northern Ireland fans in Torshavn, Paul Rice, Samuel Sanchez, Irene Kincaid and David Whightman
Northern Ireland fans in Torshavn, Marion Magill and Glenda Hetherington.
Northern Ireland fans arrive in Torshavn the Faroe Islands. Pictured are Neil Coleman from Ballymena and Tom Vint from Banbridge
Northern Ireland fans Jim Rainey(left) and Andrew Brown (right) with German fans Rolf Walter and Falk Maebert who have travel from Berlin by car and Ferry to support Northern Ireland against the Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland fans
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland fans
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland fans
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland fans
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland:.Northern Ireland fans
Fans in the stands prior to kick-off during the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying match at Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 12, 2010. See PA Story SOCCER N Ireland
Northern Ireland fan Irene Kincaid in Torshavn

Faroe Islands 1 Northern Ireland 1: Northern Ireland had to come from a goal down to scrape a draw against the Faroe Islands in yesterday's Euro 2012 qualifier.

After the satisfaction of holding former world champions Italy to a draw on Friday they had to settle for a point against one of football's lesser lights despite having the majority of possession.

It could have been even worse as well as Christian Holst gave the home team the lead.

Kyle Lafferty, who regained his place in the side at the expense of David Healy, salvaged some pride by scoring the equaliser.

Northern Ireland carved out the first chance of the match in the fourth minute following a swift break and it carried on that way for most of the game.

Lafferty got on the end of a cross from Gareth McAuley only to send a soft header into the arms of goalkeeper Jakup Mikkelsen.

They kept up the pace and Lafferty peeled away from his marker in the ninth minute but Mikkelsen was equal to his effort.

Lafferty was finding plenty of space and sent a shot into the goalkeeper's body in the 16th minute with Warren Feeney playing a part in the move.

Then Lafferty came close to making the breakthrough three minutes later when his pace took him clear but Mikkelsen turned his powerful effort over the bar.

The Faroe Islands were being pegged back but managed to break away following a mistake by Stephen Craigan. However, goalkeeper Maik Taylor made a good block from Frodji Benjaminsen.

It was brief respite for the home side with Jonny Evans cracking in a shot from distance that was deflected by Lafferty and went wide after 31 minutes.

They maintained the momentum and Chris Baird released Lafferty down the left. He delivered the ball into the path of Niall McGinn but he miscued his effort.

The Faroes then gave away a free-kick with Jonas Tor Naes booked after tripping Feeney as he tried to break clear. Baird's effort was taken cleanly by Mikkelsen.

Northern Ireland should have taken the lead in the 50th minute when Steve Davis threaded the ball through the middle.

McGinn was first to react but only succeeded in finding the side netting when it seemed he should have hit the target at least.

Healy was quickly into the action after replacing Feeney and Mikkelsen had to make a smart save from him in the 53rd minute.

Mikkelsen came to the Faroes' rescue five minutes later when he clawed away a towering header from Lafferty following Chris Brunt's cross from the left.

Northern Ireland were made to pay in the 61st minute when the Faroes took the lead.

Holst took advantage of some slack defensive work to steer a shot beyond Taylor and into the net.

Northern Ireland hit back in search of the equaliser and Baird headed wide three minutes later following Brunt's corner. Then Craigan was off target with a header in front of the posts.

Northern Ireland's pressure paid off in the 76th minute when Lafferty equalised.

He linked up well with Brunt before steering his effort home via the post for his eighth goal in 28 international appearances.

It was just the lift his side needed and Lafferty was sent clear by Brunt a minute later but failed to get a decent touch.

But despite all their pressure they had to settle for a point and that is not what manager Nigel Worthington wanted going into a three-month break.

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