Under-21 European Qualifier: Northern Ireland U21s edge out Cyprus U21s 1-0
Last Updated: 19/11/13 10:43pm
Jim Magilton: Took charge of the Under-21s
Northern Ireland Under-21s claimed the first points of their European Championship qualification campaign with a 1-0 win over Cyprus in Lurgan.
Jonny Gorman's 85th-minute free-kick was turned into his own net by Andreas Christofides to end a run of five straight defeats in Group Nine.
It was the home side's first shot on target of a largely lifeless encounter and they may have even had a second when Gorman drew a good save from Giorgos Loizou in the final stages.
Jim Magilton took charge with Stephen Robinson away with the Under-17s and had reason to be content after his side came back into the dressing-room level.
Ryan Brobbell had an early effort blocked and they were hardly troubled at the other end, with only a wayward effort from Cyprus captain Pieros Sotiriou causing any alarm.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Conor Brennan kept out the first shot on target on 62 minutes when Kostakis Artymatas finally made him work.
Cyprus, a place above Northern Ireland in the group with six points, threatened through Sotiriou and Nikos Efthimiou but a draw seemed the most likely result until Gorman's late intervention.
His free-kick was turned in by Christofides to give Northern Ireland just their second goal of the campaign and the three points.
Gorman almost got his name on the scoresheet soon after, but Loizou made a good save.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Tue 19th Nov - Group Two
Andorra U210 - 2Denmark U21
Russia U211 - 0Estonia U21
Bulgaria U211 - 5Slovenia U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Five
Croatia U213 - 1Latvia U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Six
Montenegro U210 - 0Rep Ire U21
Romania U212 - 2Germany U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Nine
Serbia U211 - 0Italy U21
N Ireland U211 - 0Cyprus U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Ten
Belarus U210 - 1Armenia U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Seven
Poland U213 - 1Greece U21
Sweden U215 - 0Malta U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group One
Moldova U213 - 0Lithuania U21
England U219 - 0San Marino U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Eight
Macedonia U211 - 3Norway U21
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten
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