A glimpse of last nights Wolves Internationals (clips)
Young Wolves starlet Jonny Gorman only played for a couple of minutes when he got his first competitive cup for Northern Ireland. But he helped fending off a couple of Slovenian attacks with good clearances when Slovenia were looking to even up the scores.
It was, though, another freshling – debutant Corry Evans – that stole the headlines today in Belfast as he scored an only goal to beat Slovenia at their home soil. A surprise to me and many others.
I hope that Jonny Gorman will get some more minutes in their next match – at Windsor Park against Italy in October. Here’s a clip with highlights from Slovenia v Northern Ireland:
The Republic of Ireland met Armenia away and Kevin Doyle played the whole game and was involved in the only goal – passing the ball on to Keith Fahey who netted it, as you can see for yourself below.
Doyler also had a shot at goal himself and worked hard and well as usual and passed the ball on to Robbie Keane on several occasions giving him chances to score, according to the reports.
Wolves striker – now on loan to Cardiff (or is it Torchwood?) 😆 – Andy Keogh came on for Keane when only seven minutes were left of the game. Foley was not involved, but hopefully he will be against Andorra on Tuesday.
The Wales veteran coach giovanni Trappattoni said to the media today:
“Sure, we did not play as well as we did against Algeria or in the second half against Argentina or against France or Italy, but the reasons are easy to see. The players have not had many games so far this season and there wasn’t the balance in the team. Also, the weather for us was not ideal. But in this situation, the positives are more than the negatives, for example, the performance of Shay Given, and also Robbie Keane. Robbie had two very good chances and he hit the post with one of them, and I have seen the television replays and he could also have had a penalty, so we could have won by a bigger score.”
Nenad Milijas were not even to find on the bench when Serbia played – and won with three goals to nothing – against Faroe Islands yesterday. Maybe they were trying some new players against the little island nation? Hopefully he will be involved against Slovenia on Wednesday.
In Wales both keeper Hennessey and right side midfielder Edwards were on from start. But the trip to Montenegro was not a pleasent one fo our young internationals. Wayne was on the wrong leg when Vusinic scored the only goal in the match.
Hennessey made a couple of good saves during the game, though, one in a one on one against a Montenegro player that broke through.
Edwards was substitiuted after the Vucinic goal with Robert Earnshaw in an attempt to bring on one more striker to try to equalise. With only a couple of minutes left Wales actually had a ball in the net, but the referee correctly disallowed it as it was offside.
Here’s a longer clip with highlights from that game:
Scotland played a goalless draw against Lithuania away. Chris Berra came on in the last minute to secure the draw. Apparently McManus was chosen before Berra to play in central defence.
With Fletcher not travelling Kenny Miller was their striker, but not succesful as it seems. Fletcher will probably play a role against Liechtenstein and hopefully Berra will aswell.
Jelle van Damme was not involved in the Belgium game against Germany, as I wrote in an earlier article. Belgium lost with an only goal.
Have I forgot anyone? Yes. Michael Mancienne played for the Enland U21 team against Portugal away. Anf they did win that difficult game with 1-0 – the goal well taken by Sturridge.
Unfortunately Mancienne had to go out when a quarter of an hour was left as he got a blow to his face. Hopefully the now captain of the England under 21’s will be O-K soon.
Here’s a clip from that game:
And that’s all from the yesterday internationals. (except for the lovely Guédioura goal that you can see HERE)