Northern Ireland 0-2 Turkey: Sercan Yildirim And Semih Senturk Goals Seal Win

Second-half strikes secure victory for Turks…
An inexperienced Northern Ireland side lost the opening match of their tour of America after Turkey ran out 2-0 winners in Connecticut.

Sercan Yildirim opened the scoring minutes into the second half before Semih Senturk scored the Turks’ second after good work from former Newcastle United midfielder Emre.

Stoke City’s Tuncay Sanli should have put Turkey ahead in just the second minute when he blazed over from close range before having his long-range strike blocked by a defender moments later.

Northern Ireland’s team featured five uncapped players in the starting line-up and one of which, Johnny Gorman, was on hand to turn Colin Kazim-Richards’ goal-bound header wide for a corner.

Yildirim then put his side ahead, completing a good move from Turkey to smash his right-footed shot past Alan Blayney and into the bottom corner.

Nigel Worthington’s men fought back with a couple of chances through Johnny Gorman and Andrew Little, who saw his ambitious overhead kick fly just over the bar.

Turkey doubled their lead shortly after when Emre set up Senturk to slot past Blayney from 10 yards and put his side 2-0 up.

The Turks would have gone ahead by three goals had it not been for Stephen Craigan, who twice cleared off the line to deny Sanli and Arda Turan.

Northern Ireland couldn’t manager to pull a goal back and will now fly 5,000 miles to South America to play Chile in the next match of their tour.

The goals from the game can be seen here.

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