Lafferty rescues a point
Rangers striker equalises after shock Holst opener
Last Updated: October 12, 2010 10:21pm
Lafferty: Rescued draw
Kyle Lafferty rescued a point for Northern Ireland after Faroe Islands threatened a Group C shock.
After a goalless first period, the minnows took a shock 60th minute lead when Christian Holst slotted home.
But Lafferty equalised on 76 minutes to save the blushes of Nigel Worthington's side, who stay third in the table with the draw, two points behind leaders Italy
But the visitors were left to reflect on some wasteful finishing after enjoying the majority of possession in Toftir.
It was also a missed opportunity to keep up the momentum after holding former world champions Italy to a draw at Windsor Park on Friday.
Worthington's side carved out the first chance of the match in the fourth minute following a swift break and it carried on that way for most of the game.
Lafferty got on the end of a cross from Gareth McAuley only to send a soft header into the arms of goalkeeper Jakup Mikkelsen.
They kept up the pace and Lafferty peeled away from his marker in the ninth minute but Mikkelsen was equal to his effort.
Lafferty was finding plenty of space and sent a shot into the goalkeeper's body in the 16th minute with Warren Feeney playing a part in the move.
Then Lafferty came close to making the breakthrough three minutes later when his pace took him clear but Mikkelsen turned his powerful effort over the bar.
The Faroe Islands were being pegged back but managed to break away following a mistake by Stephen Craigan. However, goalkeeper Maik Taylor made a good block from Frodji Benjaminsen.
It was brief respite for the home side with Jonny Evans cracking in a shot from distance that was deflected by Lafferty and went wide after 31 minutes.
They maintained the momentum and Chris Baird released Lafferty down the left, who delivered the ball into the path of Niall McGinn but he miscued his effort.
The Faroes then gave away a free-kick with Jonas Tor Naes booked after tripping Feeney as he tried to break clear. However, Baird's effort was taken cleanly by Mikkelsen.
Northern Ireland should have taken the lead in the 50th minute when Steve Davis threaded the ball through the middle to McGinn, who rounded the keeper but then shot into the side netting.
Healy was quickly into the action after replacing Feeney and Mikkelsen had to make a smart save from him in the 53rd minute.
Mikkelsen came to the Faroes' rescue five minutes later when he clawed away a towering header from Lafferty following Chris Brunt's cross from the left.
And Worthington's side were made to pay in the 60th minute when the Faroes took the lead.
Holst took advantage of some slack defensive work to steer a shot beyond Taylor and into the net.
Northern Ireland hit back in search of the equaliser and Baird headed wide three minutes later following Brunt's corner. Then Craigan was off target with a header in front of the posts.
But Northern Ireland's pressure paid off in the 76th minute when Lafferty equalised.
He linked up well with Brunt before steering his effort home via the post for his eighth goal in 28 international appearances.
It was just the lift his side needed and Lafferty was sent clear by Brunt a minute later but failed to get a decent touch.
But despite all their pressure, they had to settle for a point and that is not what manager Worthington wanted going into a three-month break.
|Faroe Islands||Team Statistics||Northern Ireland|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|4||Shots on Target||10|
|3||Shots off Target||8|
European Championship Qualifying
Tue 12th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 1N Ireland
Estonia0 - 1Slovenia
ItalyA - ASerbia
Tue 12th Oct - Group B
Armenia4 - 0Andorra
Slovakia1 - 1Rep Ireland
Macedonia0 - 1Russia
Tue 12th Oct - Group A
Azerbaijan1 - 0Turkey
Kazakhstan0 - 3Germany
Belgium4 - 4Austria
Tue 12th Oct - Group E
Finland1 - 2Hungary
Netherlands4 - 1Sweden
San Marino0 - 2Moldova
Tue 12th Oct - Group F
Latvia1 - 1Georgia
Greece2 - 1Israel
Tue 12th Oct - Group D
Belarus2 - 0Albania
France2 - 0Luxembourg
Tue 12th Oct - Group I
Liechtenstein0 - 2Czech Rep
Scotland2 - 3Spain
Tue 12th Oct - Group H
Denmark2 - 0Cyprus
Iceland1 - 3Portugal
Tue 12th Oct - Group G
Switzerland4 - 1Wales
England0 - 0Montenegro
European Championship Qualifying Group A
European Championship Qualifying Group B
|2||Republic of Ireland||10||21|
European Championship Qualifying Group C
European Championship Qualifying Group D
European Championship Qualifying Group E
European Championship Qualifying Group F
European Championship Qualifying Group G
European Championship Qualifying Group H
European Championship Qualifying Group I