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Republic of Ireland - Northern Ireland
International friendlies - 15 November 2018
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Jeers from unhappy home fans at the final whistle as Republic of Ireland's winless run continues. It is now three games since Martin O'Neill's side even scored a goal.
Let's be honest: we aren't going to see any goals this evening.
FOUR minutes will be added on!
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the stadium announcer gives the man of the match award to Randolph.
Brady's pass over the top of the NI defence finds Stevens inside the box but Saville gets back to make an important sliding challenge, at the cost of a corner. And from the set-piece Hourihane volleys well over the bar.
- OffDarragh LenihanRepublic of Ireland
- OnCyrus ChristieRepublic of Ireland
ROI SUB: Cyrus Christie comes on for Lenihan.
Ireland have Darren Randolph to thank for keeping the scores level.
Northern Ireland continue to pile the pressure on the hosts but their latest corner delivery is poor. Their final ball and finishing has let them down tonight.
- OffSean MaguireRepublic of Ireland
- OnScott HoganRepublic of Ireland
ROI SUB: Maguire, who has had his fair share of injuries at Preston, limps off with what looks like a hamstring problem. He is replaced by Scott Hogan.
- Yellow cardGeorge SavilleNorthern Ireland
YELLOW CARD: Saville goes into the book for a foul on Curtis.
CLOSE! Ward is straight into the action. A sweeping move from Northern Ireland almost ends in a lovely goal, but the final ball from Davies, searching for McNair, was ever so slightly overcooked.
- OffMichael SmithNorthern Ireland
- OnJamie WardNorthern Ireland
NI SUB: Jamie Ward is on for Smith as the visitors go for broke.
WHAT A SAVE! Jones steals the ball ofF the sleeping Lenihan and suddenly he's through on goal! He shoots low, but Randolph makes himself big and uses his feet to divert his effort behind for a corner. The best chance of the night.
- OffLiam BoyceNorthern Ireland
- OnKyle LaffertyNorthern Ireland
NI SUB: Kyle Lafferty takes the place of Boyce for the last 20 minutes or so.
GREAT CHANCE! Duffy's terrible looping header puts his team mates in all kinds of trouble. Smith pounces and delivers a dangerous cross for Boyce, but Randolph is quickest to react and punches clear.
- OffJames McCleanRepublic of Ireland
- OnEnda StevensRepublic of Ireland
ROI SUB: McClean isn't going to score the goal he craves, as he is replaced by Enda Stevens. Meanwhile, Sean Maguire is on for Robinson.
OVER! Northern Ireland have tried to be inventive from corner-kicks all evening, and they work another short one. A cross is finally delivered, finding Boyce, but he can only lift his header onto the top of the Republic of Ireland net.
NI SUB: It's the end of the evening for Corry Evans who makes way for Middlesbrough's Paddy McNair.
- Yellow cardConor HourihaneRepublic of Ireland
YELLOW CARD: Hourihane goes into the book for kicking out at Lewis.
- OffGavin WhyteNorthern Ireland
- OnJordan JonesNorthern Ireland
NI SUB: Whyte is replaced by Jordan Jones for the remainder.
NO PENALTY! Coleman goes on a charging run down the flank but can't quite shake off Lewis, eventually going to ground inside the box under pressure from his marker. The referee is well placed and says no foul. Replays show he was simply out-muscled.
OVER! Much better from Ireland. Coleman dances past Dallas on the right flank and his cross finds McClean on the opposite side. He drills a low ball across the face of goal, finding Robinson whose instinctive shot is blazed over the bar.
Brady finds himself in a rare attacking space but he can't control a simple pass. It sums up the home side's night.
After a tentative and painfully slow first-half performance, Ireland haven't improved even slightly since the restart.
POSSESSION: Republic of Ireland 39%-61% Northern Ireland
ATTEMPTS ON GOAL: Republic of Ireland 5-10 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland are playing in a similar fashion to their dominant display in the first-half: controlling possession, knocking the ball around confidently and leaving the hosts to chase shadows.
Northern Ireland will be determined to convert their majority possession into a goal or two, but it's just not happening for them yet. Davis' effort is rather comical as he mis-kicks a shot from the edge of the box and the ball ends up closer to the corner flag than Randolph's net.
WHOOPS! A let off for Jonny Evans. His weak harder forces Peacock-Farrell off his line, and fortunately for the Leicester centre-half his goalkeeper beats Robinson to the ball.
- OffCallum O'DowdaRepublic of Ireland
- OnRonan CurtisRepublic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland get the second-period underway. Ronan Curtis replaced O'Dowda at the break - something needed to change from the home side's perspective.
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JUST OVER! Smith connects with a sweet strike from 25 yards, but it's always rising and drifts narrowly over the bar.
HALF-TIME: And that's that for the first-half.
Lewis stands up a high-arching cross to the back post, forcing a corner as Northern Ireland apply the pressure on the stroke of half-time.
There will be two minutes of added-on time at the end of the first-half.
SHOT! It is Northern Ireland who are asking more questions right now. Some nice inter-change between the front-line sees Saville set up for a shot, but he leans back and fires a shot well over the bar.
SAVE! Dallas, full of intent and energy this evening, goes on a charge and forces a low save from Randolph with his shot from the edge of the box.
Martin O'Neill's sides of late have usually been solid and resilient defensively, but up front their attackers are often left isolated. And that is certainly the case tonight. They just haven't created or looked lively enough going forward.
Northern Ireland continue to probe, but there's no way through the ROI defence.
HALF-CHANCE! McClean must be desperate to score, but he hasn't looked likely so far. Brady swings in a free-kick, which Northern Ireland clear to the edge of the box. The Stoke City midfielder pounces but fires a first-time volley miles over the bar.
- OffGlenn WhelanRepublic of Ireland
- OnConor HourihaneRepublic of Ireland
ROI SUB: On probably his final ever appearance, Whelan is hooked off after 35 minutes. He receives a standing ovation as Conor Hourihane takes his place.
O'Dowda is felled by Saville on the right flank. Brady's delivery is a good one, it may hit Saville last, it may have been Lenihan, but no matter it's straight at Peacock-Farrell.
Whelan sells Lenihan short with a poor pass as Republic continue to struggle.
The hosts are allowing their neighbours control the game. ROI are playing with a tempo much too slow and Northern Ireland's high-pressing is making life incredibly difficult for them.
Republic of Ireland have been very sloppy in possession and Martin O'Neill will be frustrated with the start his side have made. He lets rip as Brady mis-places a pass in midfield, but NI can't capitalise.
BLOCKED! After a while Davis eventually steps up to take the free-kick, but it's not worth the wait as he strikes the home side's wall.
FREE-KICK TO NI! Boyce is body-checked on the edge of the box and this is dangerous...
WHAT IS WHELAN DOING? He tries a square pass from the defence but feeds it straight to Dallas. It's a let-off for the Villa midfielder as Dallas cuts in and curls a shot well over Randolph's bar.
OVER! McClean's ambitious effort flies over the bar and it's safe to say the travelling supporters enjoyed that.
GOOD SAVE! Duffy is left unmarked to meet a dangerous Brady free-kick delivery and he ought to score, but he doesn't get a clean connection on his effort which allows Peacock-Farrell to tip his downward header over the bar.
Northern Ireland are looking more confident than their neighbours in the relatively early stages of this contest; the visitors have had 57 per cent of the ball thus far.
You won't miss Boyce now; he is bandaged up after that clash of heads with Coleman a moment ago.
- Yellow cardDarragh LenihanRepublic of Ireland
YELLOW CARD! Saville breaks from midfield but runs straight into the shoulder of Lenihan. It's a needless challenge and the young Republic of Ireland defender goes into the book.
OUCH! Boyce and Coleman are treated after a clash of heads.
GREAT CHANCE FOR WHYTE! The Oxford forward, making his first start for Northern Ireland spurns a golden opportunity for the visitors. Duffy is caught out defensively, Davis feeds Dallas who squares it for Whyte who is through on-goal. Out comes Randolph who makes himself big to block the shot.
Friendly is the name but it's not in the nature. Smith is extremely fortunate not to be booked for a rather nasty foul on O'Dowda. He was late and high on his opposite number.
Robinson is dictating play in midfield for the Republic, winning a corner a moment ago, and now he takes up a decent position in midfield to slip through Coleman, but the Everton full-back is caught in an offside position.
A diagonal ball is spread out to McClean but the Stoke midfielder is unable to get it under control. Inevitable jeers and whistles each time he receives possession.
Republic can only partially clear the second delivery before Saville over-cooks his cross, and the danger is over for now.
Northern Ireland have started the brightest. A short corner is worked to Lewis who fires it into an uncertain area, forcing a second quick-fire corner.
McClean is jeered by the visiting supporters as he gets his first taste of possession.
It's surprising to see the number of empty seats scattered around the Aviva, but the atmosphere is lively, as you would expect.
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And we are underway in Dublin!
There were a lot of boos for Northern Ireland's anthem, and that is disappointing. But let's get to the football.
The pre-match rituals commence. President D Higgins shakes hands with players on both sides. The Aviva Stadium is filling up nicely, too. Kick-off is NEXT!
Gavin Whyte, who plies his trade for Oxford United, looks sharp as he prepares for his first start for Northern Ireland.
MATCH STAT: This is the 11th time the sides have met in an international friendly. The Republic have beaten Northern Ireland four times, with NI winning twice. They last met seven years ago, back in May 2011, when the Republic won 5-0 in the Nations Cup.
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill insists tonight's game is every bit as important as Sunday's Nations League showdown with Austria.
The Green and White Army have lost all three of their group games and will be relegated if they fail to garner the three points in Belfast this weekend.
"I would not categorise one game being more important than the other. For me, this is a double-header, and we will play it like a double-header," he said.
Bragging rights are important tonight, but Martin O'Neill will be keen to just get back to winning ways after a barren run in which the Boys in Green have won only once in 2018.
The Republic of Ireland have tasted victory in one of their last nine games, losing five of them, with their only success coming against the USA back in June.
BIG NAMES PLAY FOR NI
This is clearly a match Michael O'Neill is desperate to win, and he names a strong XI in an attempt to end a run of six away games without a goal, let alone a win.
The core of the side is made up of regular first-teamers including Johnny Evans, George Saville and Steven Davis.
Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty are on the bench.
GLENN WHELAN STARTS
The Aston Villa veteran captains the home side on his 85th and probably final appearance for Ireland.
He links up with Robbie Brady, who plays his first game for his country in over a year, in midfield, while Darragh Lenihan grabs his second cap.
James McClean, who once played with Northern Ireland's U21s, also features from the start.
NORTHERN IRELAND TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Peacock-Farrell, Smith, Cathcart, J Evans, Lewis, C Evans, Whyte, Davis, Saville, Dallas, Boyce.
Subs: Hazard, McNair, Ferguson, Ward, McGinn, McAuley, Jones, Hughes, Magennis, McGovern, McLaughlin, Lafferty.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Egan, Lenihan, McClean, Whelan, Brady, Hendrick, O'Dowda, Robinson.
Subs: Christie, Obafemi, Curtis, Arter, Kelleher, Long, Doyle, Maguire, Williams, Hogan, Hourihane, Stevens.
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