Williams' dismissal fails to derail Northern Ireland's unbeaten run
Barbados 1 Northern Ireland 1
Tuesday 01 June 2004
Lawrie Sanchez, the Northern Ireland manager, has warned his players that their end of season tour will not resemble a Caribbean cruise.
Sanchez saw his 10-man side battle to a 1-1 draw with Barbados at the National Stadium after Mark Williams was sent offafter half an hour. David Healy saved the visitors from defeat when he struck a 71st-minute equaliser to cancel out Kenroy Skinner's first-half opener.
James Quinn had a headed goal ruled out for pushing while Healy hit the post with a penalty before making amends four minutes later. "We always knew that playing Barbados at home would be difficult," Sanchez said. "Home pride is at stake and they came out and played really hard. They played very good football in the first half."
Sanchez is aware his side will face more tough tests in St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.
"I really don't expect things to get any easier," he said. "Barbados was very competitive. We picked ourselves up in the second half and got a goal. I expect that St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago will play very hard as well.
"Every team is trying to get the best possible preparation for their World Cup qualifiers so there are no easy games."
Northern Ireland travel to Basseterre next to play St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday before heading to Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, their final friendly before the first World Cup qualifier against Poland in September. Sanchez is looking to extend his side's unbeaten run which takes in yesterday's result, a win over Estonia and a draw with Serbia and Montenegro.
"I don't know a lot about St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago but we are going there to try and win the games," he said. "The players are coming together nicely. I like what I am seeing but there is still a lot of work to be done. We hope to keep getting things right on this tour and I think these games will help to provide us with the necessary practice we need just before our qualifiers."
Goals: Skinner (40) 1-0; Healy (71) 1-1.
BARBADOS (4-4-2): Chase; Braithwaite, Parris, James, Burrowes; Hall, Forde, Lovell, Grosvenor; Skinner (Riley 65), Lucas. Substitutes not used: Howell, Boyce, Burgess, Hawkesworth, Goodridge,Neblett.
NORTHERN IRELAND (4-4-2): Taylor; Baird (Jones 67), Williams, Craigan, Capaldi (Elliott 67); Gillespie (Murdock 46), Johnson, Sonner (McVeigh 67), Mulryne (Smith 46); Quinn, Healy (Hamilton 80). Substitutes not used: Ingham, Whitley, Doherty.
Referee: N Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago).
Booked: Barbados: Lovell, Lucas, James. Sent off: Northern Ireland: Williams (30).
Singer was ordered not to 'blow her rape whistle' in song 'Vegas'
Mr and Mrs Smith star admits she's 'never been comfortable on-screen'
Co-creator Mark Gatiss dropped some very intriguing hints ahead of the BBC drama's return next year
It is a crazy place to play in summer, writes Paul Scholes
It was all about Liz’s cocaine-fuelled brainwave, 'The Metwork'
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Manchester United injury news: Louis van Gaal dismisses ‘six-month’ injury scare over Daley Blind
Sami Khedira: Arsenal and Chelsea target signs pre-contract with Bayern Munich - reports
Liverpool transfer news: Brendan Rodgers could look to solve striker crisis by bringing summer signing Divock Origi back to Anfield
Chelsea vs West Brom: Chelsea fans expect strong response to Jose Mourinho's 'empty stadium' jibe at Stamford Bridge this weekend
- 1 American-born Boris Johnson refuses to pay hefty US tax bill
- 2 Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 John Smid: Former leader of US ‘gay cure’ group has just married a man
- 4 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 5 Pastafarian former porn star Asia Lemmon allowed to wear colander in driving licence photo