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570: 24 May 2011

Tuesday, 24th May 2011. KO 19:45 BST

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 15,092
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Goalscorers: IRL: Ward (24), Keane (36, 54 pen), Cathcart OG (45), Cox (80)

NORTHERN IRELAND: 4-4-2 (white shirts, green shorts, white socks)
Manager: Nigel Worthington (Game 35. Won 8, Drew 10, Lost 17)
Captain: Gareth McAuley (Game 2. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 1)
Blayney; Thompson (53), Hodson, Cathcart, McAuley, Clingan, Davis [sub: Garrett (77)], Carson [sub: McGinn (72)], Gorman [sub: Coates (56)], Feeney [sub: Boyce (72)], McQuoid [sub: Norwood (46)]
subs: Tuffey; Coates, Winchester, Garrett, McGinn, Norwood, Boyce, Owens, Dallas

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: (green shirts, white shorts, white and green socks)
Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)
Captain: Robbie Keane
Given [sub: Forde (72)]; Delaney, Foley [sub: Hunt (60)], McShane, Kelly, Coleman [sub: Lawrence (56)], Andrews, Treacy, Keane [sub: Keogh (63)], Ward, Cox.
subs: Forde; Randolph, St Ledger, O'Dea, Hunt, Lawrence, Keogh

Northern Ireland Squad: (IrishFA)
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* withdrawn due to injury; ** late call-up

Republic of Ireland Squad:
Given (Man City), Westwood (Coventry), Forde (Millwall); Dunne (Aston Villa), O'Shea (Man Utd), O'Dea (Ipswich), St Ledger (Preston), Foley (Wolves), Delaney (Ipswich), Clark (Aston Villa), Coleman (Everton), Kilbane (Huddersfield), Kelly (Fulham), McShane (Hull); McCarthy (Wigan), Whelan (Stoke), Wilson (Stoke), Gibson (Man Utd), Andrews (Blackburn), McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Fahey (Birmingham), Lawrence (Portsmouth), Treacy (Preston), Hunt (Wolves), Ward (Wolves); Keogh (Wolves), Stokes (Celtic) Folan (Colorado Rapids), Walters (Stoke), Keane (West Ham), Doyle (Wolves), Long (Reading), Duff (Fulham).

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  • The majority of Northern Ireland fans will be boycotting this match for reasons including player "poaching" by the FAI, travel restrictions to and from the match and exhorbitant costs. #boycottthenationscup
  • Among a weakened squad Jordan Owens, Josh Carson and Stuart Dallas have been awarded their first call-ups.
  • This was Northern Ireland's worst defeat since losing 5-0 to Spain in 2002.
  • At 17 years and 355 days Josh Carson became the 12th youngest ever Northern Ireland international, and only the 13th d├ębutant under the age of 18.
  • Adam Thompson's sending-off was the 19th for a Northern Ireland international.