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N.Ireland end winless run

Healey, McCann, Lafferty and Davis secure first win in Group 3

Last Updated: 16/10/08 11:26am

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Worthington: First win

Worthington: First win

Northern Ireland earned a 4-0 victory over San Marino at Windsor Park on Wednesday to end their wait for a first win in World Cup 2010 qualifying Group 3.

Having suffered late heartbreak in Slovenia at the weekend on top of a previous defeat to Slovakia and a draw with Czech Republic, Nigel Worthington's side were expected to comfortably record their first three-point haul.

However, San Marino - ranked 200th in the world by Fifa - made life frustrating for their hosts and it was not until the 30th minute that Northern Ireland broke the deadlock in Belfast.

Inevitably it was all-time record goalscorer David Healy that struck as the Sunderland forward hit the back of the net for the 35th time at international level following good work from George McCartney and Grant McCann.

Healy and McCann again combined well 13 minutes later as Northern Ireland doubled their advantage, with the latter finishing with aplomb from the edge of the box.

Eleven minutes after the interval, Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty added a third for the home side as he tapped in when San Marino goalkeeper Federico Valentini could only palm a Healy effort.

Red card

The visitors then had full-back Mauro Marani dismissed for raising his hands against Michael O'Connor, and Worthington's side made their numerical advantage count as Steven Davis flicked in a low Lafferty cross with 15 minutes remaining.

Northern Ireland should have been ahead as early as the third minute when O'Connor, making his first start, headed over from close range following a cross from Davis.

The home side set a high tempo from the off and Keith Gillespie rattled in a shot after 10 minutes that was blocked.

Davis got into a good position after 26 minutes, only to send his effort straight into the goalkeeper's arms.

Northern Ireland got their reward for their hard work in the 30th minute when Healy made the breakthrough following a marauding run by McCartney and a neat pass from McCann,

McCann then added a second in the 42nd minute, expertly drilling his effort home from the edge of area after being set up by Healy.

Sharp

Healy, who has not played much at the Stadium of Light, was looking sharper in the second half. He turned quickly a minute later only to see his effort taken quickly by the goalkeeper.

Lafferty made it 3-0 in 56th minute following a blunder by the goalkeeper, who pushed a weak shot from Healy into the path of the Rangers striker. He gratefully accepted the gift.

San Marino's troubles increased in the 63rd minute when they were reduced to 10 men with Mauro Marani sent off for lashing out at O'Connor.

Rangers midfielder Davis made it 4-0 in the 75th minute with a cool finish following good work from Lafferty.

Substitute Martin Paterson found the net in stoppage time but his effort was disallowed for an infringement.

Northern IrelandTeam StatisticsSan Marino
4Goals0
21st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target0
10Shots off Target0
6Blocked Shots2
12Corners0
17Fouls24
6Offsides2
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards1
87.2Passing Success51.9
20Tackles18
65Tackles Success72.2
76.2Possession23.8
66.9Territorial Advantage33.1

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Wed 15th Oct - Group D
    Wed 15th Oct - Group C
    • Czech Rep
      1 - 0
      Slovenia
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    • Slovakia
      2 - 1
      Poland
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    • N Ireland
      4 - 0
      San Marino
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    Wed 15th Oct - Group B
    Wed 15th Oct - Group G
    • Lithuania
      1 - 0
      Faroe Islands
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    • Austria
      1 - 3
      Serbia
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    Wed 15th Oct - Group H
    Wed 15th Oct - Group I
    Wed 15th Oct - Group A
    Wed 15th Oct - Group F
    Wed 15th Oct - Group E

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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