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Carling Nations Cup - Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland fans

Carling Nations Cup - Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland fans

Darren Kidd

Robbie Keane celebrates his sides second goal during this evenings Carling Cup of Nations game between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Robbie Keane celebrates his sides second goal during this evenings Carling Cup of Nations game between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring

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24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans react to going 1-0 down

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans react to going 1-0 down

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans pictured outside the Aviva stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans pictured outside the Aviva stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Tempers flare up as the Republic of Ireland fans and Northern Ireland fans in the service station chant at each other

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Tempers flare up as the Republic of Ireland fans and Northern Ireland fans in the service station chant at each other

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Tempers flare up as the Republic of Ireland fans and Northern Ireland fans in the service station chant at each other

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Tempers flare up as the Republic of Ireland fans and Northern Ireland fans in the service station chant at each other

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Tempers flare up as the Republic of Ireland fans and Northern Ireland fans in the service station chant at each other

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Tempers flare up as the Republic of Ireland fans and Northern Ireland fans in the service station chant at each other

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Craig Cathcart of Northern Ireland scores an own goal during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Craig Cathcart of Northern Ireland scores an own goal during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Ireland fans celebrate their 5-0 victory during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Ireland fans celebrate their 5-0 victory during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Kevin Foley of Ireland (R) is challenged by Sammy Clingan of Northern Ireland during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Kevin Foley of Ireland (R) is challenged by Sammy Clingan of Northern Ireland during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring his second goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring his second goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

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Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandIreland manager Giovanni TrapattoniMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandIreland manager Giovanni TrapattoniMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRobbie Keane scores Ireland's fourth goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRobbie Keane scores Ireland's fourth goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

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Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane scores his second goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane scores his second goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane is fouled by Adam Thompson of Northern Ireland resulting in a penaltyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane is fouled by Adam Thompson of Northern Ireland resulting in a penaltyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRobbie Keane celebrates scoring Ireland's fourth goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRobbie Keane celebrates scoring Ireland's fourth goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandAdam Thompson of Northern Ireland is sent off by referee Craig ThompsonMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandAdam Thompson of Northern Ireland is sent off by referee Craig ThompsonMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane is fouled by Adam Thompson of Northern Ireland resulting in a penaltyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane is fouled by Adam Thompson of Northern Ireland resulting in a penaltyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring his second goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring his second goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRobbie Keane celebrates scoring Ireland's fourth goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/5/2011Republic of Ireland vs Northern IrelandRobbie Keane celebrates scoring Ireland's fourth goal from the penalty spotMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

©INPHO/Donall Farmer

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Robbie Keane of Ireland scores his first goal during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Robbie Keane of Ireland scores his first goal during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Robbie Keane of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Robbie Keane of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Robbie Keane of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Robbie Keane of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Robbie Keane of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Robbie Keane of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Jonny Gorman of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Jonny Gorman of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Warren Feeney of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Warren Feeney of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington looks on during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington looks on during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni looks on during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni looks on during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Keith Treacy of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Keith Treacy of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Josh Carson of Northern Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Josh Carson of Northern Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Robbie Keane of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Robbie Keane of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Alan Blayney of Northern Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Alan Blayney of Northern Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Alan Blayney of Northern Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Alan Blayney of Northern Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland supporters pictured in the stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland supporters pictured in the stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans pictured inside the Aviva stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans pictured inside the Aviva stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans pictured inside the Aviva stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Northern Ireland fans pictured inside the Aviva stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Republic of Ireland celebrate the opening goal by Stephen Ward

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Republic of Ireland celebrate the opening goal by Stephen Ward

24/5/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Carling Nations Cup, Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland.Northern Ireland fan Charley Emerson (14) fromBelfast

24/5/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Carling Nations Cup, Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland.Northern Ireland fan Charley Emerson (14) fromBelfast

Darren Kidd

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Seamus Coleman of Ireland challenges Lee Hodson of Northern Ireland during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Seamus Coleman of Ireland challenges Lee Hodson of Northern Ireland during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Liam Boyce of Northern Ireland (L) watches the ball as Liam Lawrence of Ireland performs a handstand during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Liam Boyce of Northern Ireland (L) watches the ball as Liam Lawrence of Ireland performs a handstand during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Josh McQuoid of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Josh McQuoid of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

Steven Davis of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Steven Davis of Northern Ireland lines up for the National Anthems prior to the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Shay Given of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Shay Given of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Robbie Keane of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Robbie Keane of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

Josh Carson of Northern Ireland

Josh Carson of Northern Ireland

Mike Hewitt

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24:  Liam Lawrence of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Liam Lawrence of Ireland in action during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mike Hewitt

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Republic of Ireland supporters get off their bus at the service station which the Northern Ireland supporters were kept in before the match

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Republic of Ireland supporters get off their bus at the service station which the Northern Ireland supporters were kept in before the match

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda line the streets as the Northern Ireland coaches enter Dublin

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda line the streets as the Northern Ireland coaches enter Dublin

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. A Northern Ireland fan shouting at the Republic of Ireland fans in the stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. A Northern Ireland fan shouting at the Republic of Ireland fans in the stadium

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN.Northern Ireland fans pictured before the match

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN.Northern Ireland fans pictured before the match

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda watch on as Northern Ireland supporters are held at a service station outside Dublin before the match

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda watch on as Northern Ireland supporters are held at a service station outside Dublin before the match

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda line the streets on the road up to Aviva to court the Northern Ireland supporters into the ground

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda line the streets on the road up to Aviva to court the Northern Ireland supporters into the ground

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda searching Northern Ireland supporters as they get off the bus in Dublin

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda searching Northern Ireland supporters as they get off the bus in Dublin

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda searching Northern Ireland supporters as they get off the bus in Dublin

24.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDNORTHERN IRELAND VS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AT THE AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN. Garda searching Northern Ireland supporters as they get off the bus in Dublin

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Carling Nations Cup - Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland fans

The Irish FA are saying thank you to the 210 Northern Ireland fans who refused to boycott Tuesday night’s 5-0 hammering against the Republic of Ireland by handing them free tickets for tomorrow night’s final Carling Nations Cup game against Wales.

Nigel Worthington’s plans for the game in Dublin, however, have been thrown into chaos.

After the embarrassment of the heavy defeat to Giovanni Trapattoni’s team, Worthington yesterday lost two more experienced players from his squad.

Steven Davis and Sammy Clingan, who both started in midfield against the Republic, picked up injuries in the game and will miss the meeting with the Welsh.

And their withdrawals have left Worthington with just three players in his squad whose tally of caps are in double figures.

Oldham Athletic teenager Carl Winchester is now in line to make his debut in midfield.

Many Northern Ireland fans refused to attend the Republic game after the IFA dictated that tickets would be available only to those who travelled on official coaches, which is why only a couple of hundred were there rather than a few thousand.

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“One of the fans who attended the game against the Republic made the suggestion of free tickets for the Wales game and we’ve agreed to that,” said IFA marketing director Geoff Wilson.

“It’s our way of giving something back to the fans.”


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