Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Time to lay Faroes shocker to rest

It was a horror show to forget...

One of the most disappointing results in Northern Ireland history.

A 1-1 draw with the Faroe Islands in Toftir last October was two points dropped in pursuit of the holy grail — qualification for a major tournament.

Only a late Kyle Lafferty equalising goal saved us from utter embarrassment that day up in the North Atlantic.

The players were immediately encouraged to delete from memory any vivid recollections of the encounter.

Pretend it didn’t happen.

But one image that will be forever etched in Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington’s mind was Brian Kerr’s gloating reaction at the final whistle.

The Faroes manager punched his fists into the air in utter joyous celebration while his players reacted as though they’d just won the Champions League.

I suppose you couldn’t blame Kerr even if it was only a home draw.

As a former Republic of Ireland boss managing a team of so-called amateurs he had every reason to feel a huge amount of pleasure at earning a draw against a team ranked over 50 places above them.

The fact his parents also hailed from Belfast gave this result so much more significance for Kerr.

Worthington though thought it was just a bit OTT, maybe even a little disrespectful.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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