13 November 2010

566: 17 November 2010

17/11/2010 19:45 GMT
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 1 - 1 MOROCCO (MAR) (H/T 0-0)

Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant referees: Svein Inge Wiken (NOR), Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Alan Black (NIR)
Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 11,200 (tbc)
Goals: NIR Patterson (86 pen); MAR Chamakh (55)

Northern Ireland: 4-4-1-1 (green shirts, white shorts, green socks)
Coach: Nigel Worthington (Game 31. Won 8, Drew 9, Lost 14)
Captain: Aaron Hughes (Game 42. Won 11, Drew 17, Lost 14)
Players
Club
Gls
Sub
Cap
1
Inverness CT
46>
6
2
Watford
1
3
Manchester City
62>
13
18
Fulham
46>
75
5
Manchester United
24
6
Preston North End
1
7
Celtic
69>
10
8
Celtic
46>
4
9
Plymouth Argyle
1(p)
4
10
Wolverhampton Wdrs
5
11
West Bromwich Albion
46>
31
Substitutes:
12
Linfield
>>4646
4
4
Aberdeen
>>4646
3
14
Scunthorpe United
>>4646
10
16
AFC Bournemouth
>4646
1
17
Crusaders
>b6262
4
15
Aberdeen
>b6969
3
Unused: none

Morocco: (all red)
El Kaddouri, Kantari, Benatia (Benzoukane 78), Soulaimani , Kharia, Belhanda (Berrabeh 76), Hermach (El Ahmadi 88), Hadji (El Zhar 80), Chamakh (El Arabi 71), Lamyaghri, Chadli. Unused subs: Mohamadina, Ainy.
Coach: Eric Gerets (BEL)
Northern Ireland Squad:
Goalkeepers
Maik Taylor (Birmingham City) 87/0, Jonny Tuffey (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) 5/0, Alan Blayney (Linfield) 3/0
Defenders
Jonny Evans (Manchester United) 23/1, Stephen Craigan (Motherwell) 52/0, George McCartney (Sunderland, on loan at Leeds United) 34/1, Gareth McAuley (Ipswich Town) 25/1, Aaron Hughes (Fulham) 74/0, Chris Baird (Fulham) 48/0, Andrew Little (Rangers) 6/0 *, Lee Hodson (Watford) 0/0 *, Rory McArdle (Aberdeen) 2/0 *, Ryan McGivern (Manchester City, on loan at Walsall) 12/0 *, Colin Coates (Crusaders) 3/0 *
Midfielders
Grant McCann (Peterborough United) 31/4, Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) 30/1, Johnny Gorman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 4/0, Corry Evans (Manchester United, on loan at Carlisle United) 8/1, Steven Davis (Rangers) 44/2, Niall McGinn (Celtic) 9/0, Sammy Clingan (Coventry City) 25/0, Pat McCourt (Celtic) 3/0, Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe United) 9/0 *, Adam Barton (Preston North End) 0/0 *
Forwards
Warren Feeney (Oldham Athletic) 38/5, Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) 28/8, Rory Patterson (Plymouth Argyle) 3/0, Josh McQuoid (AFC Bournemouth) 0/0 *, Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) 2/0 *
* Late call-ups. Players with line through their name withdrew from squad.

Morocco Squad: (at 8 November)
Goalkeepers
Nadir Lamyaghri (Wydad Casablanca), Ahmed Mohamadina (Olympique Khouribga)
Defenders
Michael Basser (AS Nancy-Lorraine/FRA), Mehdi Benatia (Udinese/ITA), Morad Ainy (Raja de Casabalanca), Ahmed Kantari (Stade Brestois 29/FRA), Rachid Soulaimani (Raja Casablanca), Chakib Benzoukane (PFC Levski Sofia/BUL), Badr El Kadouri (Dynamo Kiev/UKR)
Midfielders
Adil Hermach (RC Lens/FRA), Mohamed Berrabeh (AL Dhafra/UAE), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord Rotterdam/NED), Houssine Kharja (Genoa CFC/ITA), Youness Belhanda (Montpellier HSC/FRA), Nacer Chadli (FC Twente/NED)
Forwards
Mounir Hamdaoui (Ajax Amsterdam/NED), Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal/GBR), Adil Taarabt (QPR/GBR), Youssef Hadji (AS Nancy/FRA), Nabil El Zhar (Paok Thessaloniki FC/GRE), Youssef El Arabi (Caen/FRA)

Match Programme/Teamsheet/Ticket:

Notes:
  • David Healy was not selected in a Northern Ireland squad despite being available for selection for the first time since his debut. He had only previously missed out due to injury or suspension.
  • Adam Barton's selection raised some eyebrows as he had previously withdrawn from a Northern Ireland squad as he wished to keep open the option of an international career with England. As friendly matches do not tie a player to an international side, his appearance could be seen as a "trial".
  • The squad suffered a series of withdrawals due to injury and club commitments. Further Andrew Little withdrew due to an illness which also affected Michael O'Connor in the days before the match.
  • The shirt numbers as listed on the teamsheet did not match those worn by Josh Magennis and Josh McQuoid who's numbers were infact reversed. This led to Pete Snodden, the match announcer, mistaking each player for the other as they came on as substitutes.
  • This match fell the day before the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Irish FA.


Match Highlights:


Match Reports:
BBC
Sporting Life
Irish FA

Credits/Sources:
Roy Cathcart (teamsheet)

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