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Baku To The Future: Northern Ireland aim to use Azerbaijan fixture as springboard to success in hunt for World Cup qualification

Michael O’Neill’s squad make the journey to the Land of Fire for Saturday’s fixture as they look to cement their position as 2nd in Group C of FIFA World Cup Qualification. Northern Ireland are without a raft of senior players as Craig Cathcart joins Paddy McNair, Corry Evans, Chris Baird, Jamie Ward and Luke McCullough on […]

NIFL Premiership Playoff’s

On Friday 12th May there were two playoff games to be played in the NIFL Premiership to finish the season: the Europa League playoff final and the promotion/relegation playoff second leg. Ballymena hosted Glenavon in the Europa League final, the winner of which would earn themselves an estimated £200,000 bonus for Europa League qualification. Meanwhile, […]

Danske Bank Premiership: Glenavon and Ballymena to face off in Europa League playoff final

If you were expecting the semi-finals of the Europa League playoff to be dull and timid displays then you would have been very wrong! The two matches offered up 15 goals in 180 minutes of football as Glenavon overcame Cliftonville and Ballymena United defeated Dungannon Swifts. Cliftonville 3-5 Glenavon Cliftonville had the home advantage in […]

Tennent’s Irish Cup Final 2017: Linfield 3-0 Coleraine – Linfield Seal Treble with assured Cup Final Performance

It was an odd week of build-up to the showpiece of Northern Irish football as all the pre-match discussion was centred around the man in the middle. Dungannon based referee Raymond Hetherington was the original choice to officiate the match but was struck down with illness in the week prior to the final, his replacement […]

NIFL Premiership Preview Matchday 38: Linfield look strong favourites to take home the title

This is the final matchday of the regular league season. Relegation, relegation playoff and Europa League playoff participants have all been confirmed. There still remains the matter of confirming the Europa League playoff pairings depending on final league placing and of course, the league title’s destination is yet to be decided. Portadown will be relegated […]

Danske Bank Premiership Preview: Crues Must Show Strength Of Character To Seal League Title Amidst Linfield Challenge

Bottom Half Ards v Portadown Ards’ disappointing collapse against Carrick on Saturday saw them lose ground on 7th place Dungannon Swifts. Guillaume Keke will be hoping to continue his goal scoring form into this fixture after his early brace on Saturday. Portadown’s victory over Ballinamallard on Friday has continued the delay in confirming their relegation. […]

Danske Bank Premiership Matchday 35 Preview: Can Cliftonville throw a wrench into Crusaders’ run for the title?

Bottom Half Portadown v Ballinamallard United Friday 14th April 20:00 Portadown’s victory over Carrick Rangers prolonged the agony of confirming their automatic relegation to the Championship, anything by a win on Friday will confirm their position at the foot of the table. Ballinamallard’s victory over Glentoran brought them 3 points closer to that final Europa […]

NI in Europe: 1970s

In 1970 Glentoran were involved in a cross-border European Cup clash against Waterford United. A 3-1 home loss in the first leg meant the 1-0 loss in the 2nd leg was inconsequential. Linfield took on Manchester City in the Cup Winners Cup cruelly losing out on away goals despite recording the 2-1 victory at home. […]

Northern Ireland march on

Northern Ireland took another huge step towards World Cup qualification with their latest 2-0 victory over Norway. The visitors arrived in Belfast sitting fifth in Group C, just three points ahead of minnows San Marino, who incidentally have provided them with their only victory of the campaign. With a new manager at the helm, Lars […]

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