27 May 2011

571: 27 May 2011

Friday, 27 May 2011. KO 19:45 BST
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 0 - 2 WALES (WAL) (H/T 0-1)

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 529
Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Goalscorers: WAL: Ramsey (36), Earnshaw (69)

Northern Ireland: 4-5-1 (white shirts, green shorts, white socks)
Manager: Nigel Worthington (Game 36. Won 8, Drew 10, Lost 18)
Captain: Gareth McAuley (Game 3. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 2)
Tuffey; Hodson, Coates, McAuley, Cathcart [sub: Dallas (63)], Carson, Norwood, Garrett [sub: Winchester (76)], Gorman, McGinn [sub: Owens (80)], Feeney [sub: Boyce (73)].
Unused subs: Blayney; McQuoid.

Wales: 4-5-1 (all red)
Manager: Gary Speed
Captain: Aaron Ramsey
Hennessey [sub: Price (74)]; Gunter [sub: Matthews (72)], Gabbidon, Collins, Taylor, Ramsey [sub: Dorman (90)], Collison [sub: Tudor Jones (62)], Vaughan, Cotterill, Bellamy [sub: Earnshaw (63)], Morison [sub: Voles (80)].
Unused subs: Morgan, King, Easter, Eardley, Myhill.
Bookings: Tudor Jones (67)

Pre-Match:
Northern Ireland Squad:
Jonathan Tuffey (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Alan Blayney (Linfield), Lee Hodson (Watford), Adam Thompson (Watford), Gareth McAuley (Ipswich Town), Ryan McGivern* (Manchester City), Colin Coates (Crusaders), Craig Cathcart (Blackpool), Carl Winchester** (Oldham Athletic), Niall McGinn (Celtic), Sammy Clingan (Coventry City), Oliver Norwood (Manchester United), John Gorman (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Josh Carson (Ipswich Town), Steven Davis* (Rangers), Robert Garrett (Linfield), Stuart Dallas (Crusaders),Warren Feeney (Oldham Athletic), Josh McQuoid (Millwall), Liam Boyce (Werder Bremen), Jordan Owens (Crusaders)
* withdrawn due to injury; ** late call-up

Wales Squad: (BBC)
Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace); Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Danny Collins (Stoke City), Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham United), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Neil Taylor (Swansea City); Jack Collison (West Ham United), David Cotterill (Swansea City), Andy King (Leicester City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, capt), David Vaughan (Blackpool), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace), Owain Tudur Jones (Norwich City); Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Craig Bellamy (Manchester City, on loan Cardiff City), Rob Earnshaw (Nottingham Forest), Freddie Eastwood (Coventry City), Steve Morison (Millwall), Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Match Reports:
SkySports (minute-by-minute)

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Notes:
  • Northern Ireland claim the "wooden spoon" in the inaugural Celtic Nations Cup, losing all three games without scoring and conceding 10 goals.
  • This was the first time that three Crusaders players appeared in an international match.
  • This was Wales' first win under the management of Gary Speed.
  • The attendance in a stadium that holds 51,700 was a meagre 529. Both Wales and Northern Ireland fans had decided to boycott the tournament.

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