Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northern Put Up Good Fight against the Azzurri

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northern Put Up Good Fight against the Azzurri

Article excerpt

N IRELAND U21S 0 ITALY U21S 2 NORTHERN Ireland Under-21s were narrowly beaten by heavily-fancied Italy in their penultimate Euro 2015 qualifier at Mourneview Park.

Jim Magilton, continuing in charge of the side after taking over from Stephen Robinson for the first time in November's double header against the Azzurri and Cyprus, saw his side contain their higher-ranked opponents until Daniele Rugani's 59thminute header. Marcelo Trotta, on loan at Brentford from Fulham, sealed it in the final minute.

While encouragement can surely be taken from the close nature of the result, the side's continued struggles in front of goal - they have now scored just twice in seven matches - cannot be ignored.

On a poor surface both sides were guilty of giving away early free-kicks, though neither team made significant headway as a result.

Sheffield Wednesday forward Caolan Lavery was the home side's most willing outlet in attack, and he was involved in the 26th minute when Carl Winchester forced a save from Francesco Bardi in the Italian goal. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.