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Friendlies

  • 5 March 2014
  • • 18:00
  • • Neo GSP, Nicosía (Levkosía)
  • Referee: L. Liany
  • • Attendance: 3000
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Live Commentary

  • Full time in a game low on quality. There were few genuine chances and Northern Ireland will be disappointed with their display.
  • 89'
    Great save from Roy Carroll in the dying moments to keep Cyprus out as Andreas Makris looked to roll the ball under the advancing stopper.
  • 86'
    This game looks to be fizzling out into a bore draw. There just hasn't been enough quality in the final third from either side.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionDimitris Christofi Andreas Makris
  • 82'
    Georgios Efrem should really have just put Cyprus ahead. He ran onto a deep cross but failed to connect with his header as the ball travelled halmlessly wide.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionBilly Mckay Rory McArdle
  • 80'
    A real uphill struggle for Northern Ireland now who looked second best with 11 men on the pitch.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionNestoras Mitidis Andreas Papathanasiou
  • 76'
    Red CardGareth McAuley
  • 75'
    Gareth McAuley has been sent off for a late lunge. It was a bad tackle, but a red looked harsh.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionOliver Norwood Paddy McCourt
  • 73'
    SubstitutionNiall McGinn Shane Ferguson
  • 70'
    A real positive run down the right from Niall McGinn and a well whipped cross. Northern Ireland just don't have enough men forward.
  • 68'
    Dimitris Christofi again with the effort but his strike was straight at Roy Carroll. Better from Cyprus.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionVincent Laban Charis Kyriakou
  • 65'
    Dimitris Christofi fires over from just outside the area. He should have done better undre little pressure.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionCostantinos Makrides Konstantinos Charalambides
  • 63'
    SubstitutionJamie Ward Billy Mckay
  • 62'
    Niall McGinn is seeing a lot of the ball down the right but his crosses are failing to beat the first man.
  • 59'
    Junior Dossa Momade has just hit the bar with a header but he was ruled to have pushed his marker in the back.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionMarios Nikolaou Kostakis Artymatas
  • 57'
    Niall McGinn with a deftly weighted through ball but Kyle Lafferty drags his effort wide. Should have done better.
  • 56'
    Jamie Ward is warned by the referee after a disagreement with the linesman. He is already on a booking.
  • 52'
    Efstathios Aloneftis has just seen his left footed strike blocked yet again. Both sides defending superbly.
  • 51'
    SubstitutionEfstathios Aloneftis Georgios Efrem
  • 50'
    Efstathios Aloneftis has been stretchered off on his 60th cap for Cyprus. There was nobody around him as he went down but he won't be able to continue.
  • 48'
    Alex Bruce with a hopeful punt up front. Kyle Lafferty with the flick on but the ball fthe play failed to develop.
  • 47'
    Yellow CardVincent Laban
  • 47'
    Chris Brunt searches out Kyle Lafferty from the left hand side but his cross floats harmlessly into the 'keeper's hands.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMartin Paterson Kyle Lafferty
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAlan Mannus Roy Carroll
  • 45'
    Back underway in the secon half. Hopefully more chances from both sides.
  • Kyle Lafferty has entered the fray as Northern Ireland look to pose more of a goal threat.
  • Another shutout in this half could see Northern Ireland go ten games without scoring in an away friendly. They'll need to produce more.
  • Half time at the GSP Stadium. Michael O'Neill will be after an improvement from his side.
  • 44'
    Both sides still looking to breaky their unwanted goal records. It is Cyprus looking the more likely.
  • 38'
    Dosa Junior with another decent chance for Cyprus who have really grown into the game. His header fizzled to the right of the post.
  • 36'
    Nestoras Mitidis with the first meaningful chance of the tie for Cyprus. His right footed effort was blocked and span behind for a corner.
  • 32'
    Chris Brunt has just had another shot charged down by the Cyprus defence. Perhaps a tactical ploy given his long range shooting ability.
  • 25'
    Demetris Christofi has just seen his header from the centre of the area saved Alan Mannus. The home side are starting to click.
  • 22'
    Yellow CardJamie Ward
  • 18'
    Niall McGinn is causing a lot of problems down the right flank as he is being allowed far too much room.
  • 15'
    Alex Bruce, on only his second start, is wasting no time in putting himself about here.
  • 12'
    Martin Paterson should have just scored when he headed straight at the keeper. Either side and that is the first goal.
  • 10'
    Chris Brunt has just seen his right footed strike blocked from outside the area. It looked goal bound.
  • 4'
    No chances of note just yet. Both sides just weighing each other up in the early stages.