World Cup: Northern Ireland 0-2 Israel – O’Neill’s Search For First Win Scuppered By Visitors’ Late Show (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

26th, March 2013


By Alan Duffy

Northern Ireland 0-2 Israel – 2014 World Cup Qualifiers – 26th March 2013

Two late goals from the visitors left poor old Michael O’Neill still waiting for his first win as Northern Ireland boss.

With extra time to prepare for this game after the postponement of their clash with Russia, the home side had chances to ahead in the first-half, although Israel did hit the woodwork after just two minutes.

However, after the break, the visitors started to threaten more and were eventually rewarded with a goal 13 minutes from time. Lior Refaelov was the scorer for Israel, firing past Roy Carroll before Eden Ben Basat sealed the deal on 84 minutes.

Israel stay in contention for qualification while the Irish must play out yet another disappointing campaign.



Photos: PA

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  1. Jarren says:

    So disappointing.

    I know we’re supposed to accept our place in the world rankings, but it’s so hard to take after the highs of the past.

    Fair play to Israel, they scored two screamers. The second goal in particular was outstanding.

    As for Norn Iron, well I think it’s fair to say that we treat the rest of this World Cup campaign as a training ground for youth.

    No point continuing with the current crop as they stand, half of them just want to get back to their clubs.

    Give some young guys a chance, guys who want to play for Northern Ireland.

    We need to inject some desire and belief back into the squad.

  2. eddy says:

    Lets hope Israel qualifies. Oh the shit that will be started if Israel gets into a group that has a Muslim majority nation that doesnt recognize the country.

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