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  • Date:03 Sep 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Petrol Arena
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91:25 +1.25

The ball is crossed by Josip Ilicic, Maik Taylor makes a save.

90:42 +0.42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bostjan Cesar by Kyle Lafferty. Free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

89:39

Outswinging corner taken by Valter Birsa, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.

89:14

Valter Birsa decides to take the corner short.

87:51

John Gorman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Brunt.

87:07

Zlatan Ljubijankic leaves the field to be replaced by Tim Matavz.

84:40

Effort from the edge of the box by Josip Ilicic goes wide of the right-hand upright.

82:35

Kyle Lafferty goes into the referee's book.

80:31

Effort from deep inside the area by Zlatan Ljubijankic misses to the left of the goal.

79:40

Effort from deep inside the area by Zlatan Ljubijankic misses to the left of the target.

78:45

Kyle Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bostjan Cesar. Direct free kick taken by Bostjan Cesar.

78:34

Effort on goal by Robert Koren from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

78:06

The ball is delivered by Robert Koren.

76:48

Josip Ilicic takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

75:11

The ball is sent over by Josip Ilicic, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.

73:35

Milivoje Novakovic goes off and Zlatko Dedic comes on. Josip Ilicic comes on in place of Andraz Kirm.

72:20

Valter Birsa sends in a cross, Robert Koren takes a shot. Stephen Craigan gets a block in.

71:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Craigan on Milivoje Novakovic. Milivoje Novakovic restarts play with the free kick.

71:02

Aleksandar Radosavljevic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.

69:27

Craig Cathcart delivers the ball, Corry Evans gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Slovenia 0-1 Northern Ireland.Assist by Craig Cathcart.

66:09

Kyle Lafferty comes on in place of David Healy. Grant McCann goes off and Corry Evans comes on.

64:20

Corner from the right by-line taken by Valter Birsa, save by Maik Taylor.

63:12

Close range effort by Matej Mavric goes wide of the right-hand upright.

62:14

Craig Cathcart concedes a free kick for a foul on Valter Birsa. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Valter Birsa, blocked by Craig Cathcart.

60:38

The ball is crossed by Miso Brecko, Andraz Kirm takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Baird.

57:28

David Healy takes a shot. Samir Handanovic makes a save.

56:20

Milivoje Novakovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Maik Taylor.

56:06

Valter Birsa sends in a cross, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.

55:27

Corner taken left-footed by Valter Birsa, clearance made by Chris Baird.

54:24

David Healy takes a shot. Bostjan Cesar gets a block in.

53:51

Matej Mavric challenges Warren Feeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.

52:05

Valter Birsa takes the inswinging corner, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

51:25

Valter Birsa delivers the ball, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.

50:02

Bojan Jokic sends in a cross, clearance by Aaron Hughes.

48:35

Inswinging corner taken by Valter Birsa, clearance by Steven Davis.

48:10

Valter Birsa takes a shot. Warren Feeney manages to make a clearance.

46:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andraz Kirm by Chris Brunt. Chris Brunt is booked. Shot comes in from Valter Birsa from the free kick, save made by Maik Taylor.

45:20

Foul by Chris Baird on Robert Koren, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Andraz Kirm, clearance by Warren Feeney.

43:33

Andraz Kirm takes a shot. Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.

40:50

Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann, save made by Samir Handanovic.

37:34

Andraz Kirm takes a shot. Samir Handanovic makes a save.

35:27

Effort from just outside the area by Valter Birsa goes over the target.

35:02

The official flags Grant McCann offside. Samir Handanovic takes the free kick.

34:04

Valter Birsa takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

33:08

Foul by Warren Feeney on Bostjan Cesar, free kick awarded. Robert Koren takes the free kick.

30:27

Andraz Kirm challenges Chris Brunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Maik Taylor.

29:14

Warren Feeney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bostjan Cesar. Bostjan Cesar restarts play with the free kick.

28:13

Andraz Kirm takes a shot. Stephen Craigan gets a block in.

26:57

David Healy takes a shot. Samir Handanovic makes a save.

24:50

Unfair challenge on Matej Mavric by David Healy results in a free kick. David Healy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

20:19

A cross is delivered by Robert Koren, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.

20:19

Centre by Robert Koren, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

18:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Warren Feeney. Miso Brecko takes the indirect free kick.

18:14

Stephen Craigan concedes a free kick for a foul on Zlatan Ljubijankic. Bojan Jokic takes the free kick.

17:02

Steven Davis takes a shot. Bostjan Cesar gets a block in. David Healy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

14:27

Valter Birsa has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

12:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Baird on Andraz Kirm. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andraz Kirm from left channel, Maik Taylor makes a save.

12:18

Chris Baird challenges Andraz Kirm unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Andraz Kirm from the free kick, save made by Maik Taylor.

10:52

Corner taken by Grant McCann, Robert Koren makes a clearance.

8:54

Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andraz Kirm. Andraz Kirm takes the free kick.

7:55

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the right by-line, Matej Mavric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley. Free kick taken by Maik Taylor.

6:43

Centre by Valter Birsa, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.

6:12

Warren Feeney is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matej Mavric.

4:40

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann, clearance by Bostjan Cesar.

3:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney by Robert Koren. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Grant McCann, blocked by Bostjan Cesar.

The game gets underway.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The second half begins.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington would have no hesitation in handing Sheffield-born schoolboy Johnny Gorman his first competitive outing on Friday.

Gorman, 17 and capped three times in friendly matches without making a senior appearance for Wolves, is likely to start on the bench in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia.

However if recent history is anything to go by, Worthington will at some stage turn to Gorman, who attends Repton School in Derbyshire after winning a scholarship.

Worthington said: "You look back over my time as manager of Northern Ireland and I have always encouraged the younger ones to come through.

"Johnny went to America and Chile with us in the summer and did ever so well. I think it is only right to encourage and give him the experience of travelling, hotels and working with the senior players.

"Great credit to him, he has fitted into the group by adding to it, rather than taking away from it. Sometimes with young players their inexperience and nerves can hold you back a bit.

"That hasn't happened with Johnny so I am delighted with that. He deserves to be here."

Worthington has been in close contact with Wolves, where Gorman plays for the Academy side and occasionally the reserves. He said: "I have spoken to the Wolves Academy manager (Kevin Thelwell). We've had discussions on the phone. They obviously wanted to know where Johnny was at and I had nothing but a glowing report.

"They are delighted he is involved with ourselves. They can see where we are coming from because they think a lot of him as well."

Fulham defender and team captain Aaron Hughes joined in the applause and said: "If someone came down today and watched Johnny they would not be able to tell he was a schoolboy. That's how much talent he has.

"The last time I saw a player do that was Jonny Evans. It is good we have these boys coming through."

Hughes has handed over the armband to Stephen Craigan as the Motherwell defender wins his 50th cap.

Slovenia arrived at the World Cup after beating Northern Ireland along the way - 2-0 at the same venue in the north of the country - and Worthington knows it will be just as tough two years on.

He said: "I watched Slovenia at the World Cup and I thought they did exceptionally well. I also watched them against Australia in August on DVD and they played very well again.

"I feel their players will be on a high. They are coming back to their home supporters, first game of the campaign - they'll be up for the fight, as we will.

"We were terrific the last time we were here. Slovenia had two chances in the last five minutes and they took them.

"That was game, set, and match to Slovenia. Concentration for the course of 90 minutes is very, very important."

Formation:442Manager: Matjaz Kek

Slovenia

Formation: 442Manager: Nigel Worthington

Northern Ireland

  • Samir Handanovic
  • Miso Brecko
  • Bostjan Cesar
  • Bojan Jokic
  • Matej Mavric
  • Valter Birsa
  • Aleksandar Radosavljevic
  • Robert Koren
  • Andraz Kirm
  • Milivoje Novakovic
  • Zlatan Ljubijankic
  • SUBS
  • Jasmin Handanovic
  • Marko Suler
  • Branko Ilic
  • Zlatko Dedic
  • Josip Ilicic
  • Dalibor Stevanovic
  • Tim Matavz

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Match Report

Evans the hero as Northern Ireland triumph The new kids on the block made sure Northern Ireland got off to a flying start in their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win in Slovenia. Substitute Corry Evans, making his first competitive outing, scored the winner in the second half after getting on the end of a cross from Craig Cathcart on his debut. Cathcart was drafted in as Corry's brother Jonny was ruled out on the day of the game because of a groin injury. It seemed Northern Ireland might struggle without the talented Manchester United defender. Instead, they manned the barricades in a way that was nothing short of magnificent to defeat the World Cup qualifiers in their own backyard. Northern Ireland started brightly then found themselves under pressure for long spells only to get the victory they had craved. Bostjan Cesar was content to concede a corner in the 11th minute under pressure from David Healy. Grant McCann swung the ball in and Chris Baird knocked it on to Warren Feeney but he had his back to goal and failed to get a decent touch. Slovenia were finding it hard to get going and Valter Birsa delivered the ball from the right in the 15th minute but it failed to trouble goalkeeper Maik Taylor and went wide. Northern Ireland kept pushing forward and Baird whipped in a shot from 25 yards that was off target. Slovenia almost made the breakthrough in the 21st minute when Birsa got on the end of a cross from Zlatan Ljubijankic only for Cathcart to make a timely clearance. Northern Ireland found themselves on the back foot in the 38th minute with Andraz Kirm whipping in a cross. Milivoje Novakovic peeled away from his marker but delivered a soft header from six yards into the arms of Taylor. This was suddenly a difficult time for Northern Ireland and Kirm sent a ball across the face of the goal but no-one was on hand to take advantage. Birsa then got enough power on his shot from inside the area but Cathcart was handily placed and deflected the ball to safety in the 49th minute. Back came Northern Ireland and Brunt sent Healy clear down the left nine minutes later. The Sunderland striker cut inside but only succeeded in sending a shot straight at goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. It proved to be a brief respite and after another flowing move Kirm's strike from 12 yards was blocked by Baird. Northern Ireland were defending in numbers and Stephen Craigan then put his body on the line in the 64th minute to keep out a shot from Robert Koren. Three minutes later Nigel Worthington made a double substitution with Lafferty and Corry Evans coming on Healy and McCann. Northern Ireland then stunned Slovenia with midfielder Evans, who is also at Old Trafford, scoring at the far post following a glorious cross from Cathcart. The home side responded and Birsa got into a good position in the penalty area but Taylor, 39 tomorrow, got down quickly to make the save. Then Ljubijankic found the side-netting from an acute angle in the 81st minute as Slovenia went in search of the equaliser. Johnny Gorman, who attends Wolves Academy and Repton School, then made his competitive debut a minute from time for Brunt as Northern Ireland held out for a famous win.

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