FOOTBALL: INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY N.IRELAND U 21's 0 GERMANY 1: Auer & out at Windsor.Byline: ORLA BANNON
NORTHERN Ireland's battling U21s were sunk by a header from German striker Benjamin Auer Benjamin Auer (born January 11, 1981 in Landau) is a German footballer who is a centre-forward. Career
As a child he played for the HSV Landau, before moving to his first major youth team, FSV Offenbach. in last night's low-key U21 friendly at Windsor Park This article refers to the home ground of the Northern Irish Football Club. For other uses of Windsor Park, see Windsor Park (disambiguation).
Windsor Park is the home ground of the Northern Irish football club, Linfield FC, in Belfast. .
Although Roy Millar's side had an encouraging first-half, they were outclassed out·class
tr.v. out·classed, out·class·ing, out·class·es
To surpass decisively, so as to appear of a higher class.
Adj. 1. by Germany's slick passing game after the break and lost out to Auer's 55th minute matchwinner.
While Sammy McIlroy Samuel Baxter "Sammy" McIlroy (b. 2 August 1954, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish former international footballer whose clubs included Manchester United. After playing, he managed several English football teams and the Northern Irish national team. experiments with some new talent in Cyprus tonight, so Roy Millar will have been pleased with debutants Gavin Melaugh, Pat McCourt and strikers Zico Black and Kevin Braniff.
The second-half goalie Alan Blayney Alan Blayney (born September 10, 1981) is a professional footballer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who was signed by Bohemian F.C. in the League of Ireland in August 2007. Blayney plays as a goalkeeper. also impressed as he staved off a string of German attacks.
Germany entered the game with just one capped player and their inexperience showed in a lacklustre lacklustre or US lackluster
lacking brilliance, force, or vitality
Adj. 1. lacklustre - lacking brilliance or vitality; "a dull lackluster life"; "a lusterless performance" first-half display.
But they upped the tempo after the break and went ahead in the 55th minute when Auer rose unmarked to head home Hitzlsperger's corner.
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267. struggled to contain the Germans as the match wore on, but were certainly the best team in the opening 45 minutes.
Goalscorer Auer almost gave the visitors a lead they scarcely deserved justbefore the interval but his header went just high.
Roy Millar introduced Alan Blayney in goals, Wayne Buchanan and Aidan McVeigh for the start of the second-half.
Northern Ireland's best chance of the second-half came via a lovely sweeping move but fullback Chris Baird's cross wasn't controlled at the near post by sub McVeigh.
NORTHERN IRELAND U21: Morris, Baird, Capaldi, Clyde, Simms, Melaugh, Close, McFlynn (capt), Braniff, Black, McCourt Subs: Blayney for Morris (HT), Buchanan for Simms (HT), McVeigh for Braniff (HT), Curran for Black (60), McCann for McCourt (63), Hunter for McFlynn (77)
GERMANY U21: Starke, Hinkel, Rau, Zepek, Franz, Balitsch, Mikolajczak, Preub, Aeur, Hitzlsperger, Tifffert Subs: Stark for Balitsch (63), Marx for Hitzlsperger (76) Referee: Douglas McDonald (Scotland).
CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Tobias Rau is halted on his run down the line by Brian Close; MY BALL: Tony Capaldi clears from Christian Tiffert