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24/03/16
Cardiff City Stadium
International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • DallasFerguson
    89'
  • Church (P)
    89'
  • LaffertyMcKay
    81'
  • McLaughlinHughes
    81'
  • VokesChurch
    76'
  • McNairPaton
    74'
  • EvansLafferty
    74'
  • VaughanAllen
    71'
  • WilliamsIsgrove
    62'
  • LawrenceWilliams
    62'
  • Cathcart
    60'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • WashingtonWard
    45'
  • LedleyCrofts
    45'
  • HennesseyWard
    45'
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International friendlies - 24 March 2016

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The final whistle goes and the spoils are shared in Cardiff. Simon Church's late penalty rescues some Welsh respect, while both managers will feel they have learnt something tonight. It finishes Wales 1, Northern Ireland 1.

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We're into four minutes of added time.

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Ferguson comes on for Northern Ireland for the final few minutes.

89'

GOOOAAALLL!!! Church buries the penalty and Wales have rescued something from the evening. It's 1-1 as the players in red leap on the substitute in celebration.

88'

The referee points to the spot and Wales have a chance to level the scores. It was a poor, poor challenge by McAuley on Church in the box. A nailed on penalty.

86' 

J Williams goes down in the box, but he was eased off the ball and there was nothing in it. The little winger shrugs his shoulders and traipses back into position.

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Church flicks a header narrowly wide from close range, but he was just offside when he started his run in behind the defence.

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Hughes and McKay come on for the final ten minutes for the visitors.

79'

Lafferty heads wide when all on his own in the Wales box, but unsurprisingly the flag is up.

78' 

Wales have stepped it up a gear and almost find Church at the back stick.

77' 

Williams makes a darting run to the edge of the box and dinks a pass towards Church. The striker is bundled to the floor, but he wasn't getting anywhere near making contact and the referee waves a couple of half-hearted penalty appeals away.

76' 

A long ball over the top is arrowed towards Lafferty, but Ward reads it well and comes out quickly to clear.

75'

Simon Church is on for Wales, replacing Sam Vokes. It's been a tough evening for the Wales striker, but Church's energy should threaten the Northern Ireland defence more.

73'

Northern Ireland make two changes, with Paul Paton and Daniel Lafferty coming on for Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair.

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To be fair to Allen, he's had a tough week recovering from his debut as a cover model...

70'

On comes Joe Allen for Wales, and you have to wonder why the Liverpool man didn't start. Wales have lacked his level of quality on the ball in the centre of the park.

69' 

A pinball clearance almost falls perfectly for Vokes in the box, but the striker can't quite react quickly enough to beat the keeper to the loose ball. Vokes has his qualities, but it's fair to say he's not the quickest out of the blocks.

67' 

Again McGovern is alert to the danger as a weak back-header almost lets Cotterill in.

66' 

The set-piece is curled dangerously towards the far top corner, but McGovern does well to hold on to the catch under pressure from Williams (the Ashley one).

65' 

Williams (J) wins his side a free-kick with a weaving run down the left.

64' 

This has been classic Northern Ireland. Keep it tight, allow the opposition as little space as possible, and then throw a few more numbers forward in the second half. It worked a dream in qualifying and it's seeing off Wales tonight so far.

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Lawrence and Williams make way, with Isgrove and Williams (Jonathan) coming on.

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GOOOAAALLL!!! Out of nowhere it's 1-0 to Northern Ireland. A long free-kick into the box isn't cleared by Wales and Cathcart latches on to the rebound to bury a shot on the turn into the bottom corner.

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Lafferty tries a shot from a ridiculous angle and then tries to win his side a corner, but Chester shepherds the loose ball out of play for a goal-kick.

54' 

Cotterill thinks he's clean through on goal, but the ball just runs away from him and through to the keeper. Both teams are committing slightly more to attack than they did in the first half.

53' 

A lofted cross is headed back to Hennessey. Ward had plenty of time to wait for support, but opted to put the ball into the box with just Lafferty to aim for.

52' 

We're still yet to have a clear-cut chance for either side, but the second half is ever so slightly more open.

50' 

Northern Ireland have adjusted their formation slightly, switching to just the one up front with Ward playing off the flank. It's given them more of a presence in central midfield, making it a bit less straightforward for the Welsh to control the tempo of the game.

49' 

The best chance of the game falls to Lafferty after the sharp run of substitute Ward stretched the Welsh defence. The striker fails to make a good contact with his effort, but still forces a save out of Hennessey. That's more like it.

48' 

Wales have again started the brighter of the team teams, with the game slipping back into the familiar pattern of home possession and solid defence from the visiting side.

47'

There were changes at the break for both teams. Jamie Ward is on for the visitors, with Crofts and Ward on for Wales.

46'

Northern Ireland get the game back underway in Cardiff.

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The whistle goes and the drenched players head down the tunnel.

44' 

Northern Ireland don't have the quality that a full-strength Wales can call on, but their defensive solidity and threat from set-pieces will give them a chance against any opponent. They have been second best here, but it's still 0-0 and they have barely allowed the Welsh a sniff.

43' 

It's hardly surprising that Wales are lacking inspiration. Take Bale, Ramsey and Allen out of the team and you are removing a core of Wales' top players.

42' 

Vokes gets his head to another cross, but he's put under a lot of pressure and can't get his effort on target.

41' 

There might be a lack of spark about the game, but tactically this will have been a very useful first-half for both managers. The two defences have responded well to the changes in systems, but getting service in to the strikers is the key to work on in the second half.

40' 

Some of the fans in Cardiff are heading for the bars and a chance to dry off - it's torrential rain in the Welsh capital (isn't it always?).

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Bit harsh that. There's something about watching a gloss dry...

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Vokes rises high in the box, but fails to get enough contact on his header and his effort slides wide of the far post. The striker gives Wales another dimension, although if everyone is fit he is likely to be an impact sub option rather than a starter at the Euros.

35' 

George Williams shoots from the corner of the box and his on-target header is deflected over the bar for a corner.

34' 

Lafferty gets nowhere near a floated cross into the box and still Northern Ireland struggle to produce anything remotely dangerous in the final third.

32' 

Chances are thin and far between, but neither manager will be particular disappointed with the opening half hour. Both teams look solid and have quality to return.

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I'm obviously not being observant enough. Wales aren't playing with their usual 5-3-2 at all. They are testing out a back-four tonight... but still look very solid.

27' 

Washington catches the keeper as he tries to latch on to a through-ball. That's better from the visitors, but they are really lacking quality on the ball in central areas.

25' 

Wales are playing their usual 5-3-2 and look very solid at the back. It's an excellent system for the group of players, allowing the full-backs to fly forward without leaving them outnumbered at the back or short in central areas.

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Wales' David Vaughan in action with Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood
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Paddy McNair has a pop from miles out and it rises high over the bar. That's the first effort that the visitors have had.

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Buoyed by that free-kick effort, Cotterill goes for goal again, curling an effort wide of the far post from distance.

19' 

Cotterill tries out his Bale impression and drills in a low shot that forces McGovern to palm around his post.

18' 

McAuley is drawn into a foul and Wales have a free-kick in an ideal position for a shot. Where's Gareth Bale when you need him?!

17' 

G Williams puts pressure on Davis and the midfielder can only go back to his goalkeeper, who then hacks out of play. It's impressive pressing from Wales, who continue to look the better of the teams without threatening to open the scoring.

15' 

Ledley is played in, but he delays his shot and McAuley makes a great block to snuff out the chance.

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It's Ukraine next up for Wales, while Northern Ireland face Slovenia in their next warm-up game. There are bigger tests to come.

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Wales are the better of the two teams, that much is immediately clear from the opening 10 minutes of the game, but without their star names it will be interesting to see if they are able to break down a supremely well-organised visiting defence.

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Northern Ireland again clip a cross into the box, but Williams will mop up speculative high balls like that all day long and deals with it comfortably.

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The atmosphere is bubbling nicely in Cardiff. It's got that 'friendly' edge to it, but a home nations clash always has that little bit of spice, regardless of the context of the game.

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Evans rises highest to meet the corner, but he was climbing all over his marker and the referee has no hesitation in blowing his whistle. There's a lot of height in this Northern Irish side, which will be one of their big strengths in the summer.

6' 

Washington runs down a lost cause and wins his team a corner. Up come the Northern Ireland big lads.

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Wales are dominating the ball in the early stages, with the visitors looking to play off Lafferty on the break.

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This time it's Gunter who fires in an excellent cross from the right flank, which Vokes reaches but can't direct on target. Wales are having a lot of joy down the right in the opening moments.

2' 

George Williams puts in a peach of a cross for Wales, but Vokes had made his run to the near post and there was nobody coming in at the back stick to get on the end of the curling delivery.

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Wales get the game underway, kitted out in their red shirts and white shorts. Northern Ireland are in white shirts with green shorts.

19:45 

Cardiff falls silent to remember those who lost their lives in Belgium earlier this week.

19:40 

Kick-off is just five minutes away. Here come the players.

19:35 

Here's a reminder of the teams as kick-off approaches.

Wales: Hennessey (GK), Gunter, Chester, A.Williams (c), Matthews, Vaughan, Ledley, Cotterill, G.Williams, Lawrence, Vokes.

Northern Ireland: McGovern (GK), McLaughlin, McAulay, Evans, Cathcart, Dallas, McNair, Davis (c), Norwood, Lafferty, Washington.

19:30 

The Northern Ireland fans have had plenty to celebrate of late. Will they have even broader smiles on their faces come full-time in Cardiff?

Some fans who followed Northern Ireland through qualifying have not managed to buy Euro 2016 tickets
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Northern Ireland are without Chris Baird, while Chris Brunt will miss the Euros with his injury problems. Tonight’s visitors to Cardiff are also experimenting with their approach, well aware that just one win in June’s group stages may well be enough to secure a spot in the knockout rounds of the competition.

19:05 

A whole host of players are missing for Wales, with Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Hal Robson-Kanu and Andy King all injured, and Gareth Bale rested after his own recent return from injury problems. That’s a lot of talent unavailable to manager Chris Coleman, so he will use tonight as a chance to experiment with team structures and alternative partnerships.

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Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Wales vs Northern Ireland as both teams ramp up their Euro 2016 preparations. We’ll bring you team news and build-up over the next hour, followed by full text commentary.