Northern Ireland

FOOTBALL: Hibernian join Hearts in chase for Kyle Lafferty

Hibernian have joined Hearts in the race to sign former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty it was reported on Monday night.

Northern Ireland's Liam Boyce

FOOTBALL: Liam Boyce was steered to Burton by Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill says he advised striker Liam Boyce to join Burton rather than Aberdeen, describing the English second tier as “a higher level”.

Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been awarded an MBE for services to motorcycling.

Rea, Best and Davis recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, Ireland rugby captain Rory Best and Northern Ireland skipper Steve Davis have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates scoring against Azerbaijan

FOOTBALL: Stuart Dallas cherishes ‘most important goal’ for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's match-winner Stuart Dallas savoured the most important goal he thinks he may ever score as his country inched closer to a World Cup qualification play-off place.

Azerbaijan's Pavlo Pashayev with Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn

FOOTBALL: Michael O’Neill hails Nortern Ireland spirit after last-gasp win in Baku

Northern Ireland’s spirit once again came to the fore for boss Michael O’Neill as his understrength and undercooked side claimed a dramatic 1-0 success over Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan's Badavi Huseynov with Northern Ireland's Liam Boyce

STORY OF THE MATCH: Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland

Stuart Dallas’ stoppage-time strike earned Northern Ireland a smash-and-grab 1-0 success over Azerbaijan that kept them firmly on the road to Russia.

The Northern Ireland team which started against Azerbaijan

FOOTBALL: How the Northern Ireland players rated against Azerbaijan

Northern Ireland player ratings (v Azerbaijan)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

FOOTBALL: Stuart Dallas strike gives Northern Ireland win in Baku


NI midfielder Oliver Norwood

Norwood thanks boss Michael O'Neill for sticking with Northern Ireland

Oliver Norwood has thanked Michael O'Neill for keeping faith in the Northern Ireland players who have returned to Baku transformed.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

FOOTBALL: Liam Boyce handed first competitive start for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan

In-form striker Liam Boyce was handed his first competitive start by Michael O’Neill for Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan in Baku.

Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes

FOOTBALL: Aaron Hughes hails Northern Ireland’s improved squad depth

Aaron Hughes could earn his 106th cap for his country on Saturday when Northern Ireland face Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifier.

Northern Ireland fans celebrate after Liam Boyce scored a goal
 against New Zealand

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Talking points - Northern Ireland v New Zealand

Northern Ireland geared up for next weekend’s World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan by defeating New Zealand 1-0 in a friendly on Friday evening.

Northern Ireland's Liam Boyce  celebrates his first international goal in the 1-0 win over New Zealand

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Marksman Liam Boyce keen to maintain goal scoring form with Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce feels he could go on an international scoring spree now he is off the mark for his country.

Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley

FOOTBALL: Michael O’Neill counts on having Gareth McAuley for World Cup qualifier

Gareth McAuley has been included in Northern Ireland’s squad for the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in spite of concerns over his fitness.

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Conor Washington and Jamie Ward to miss NI friendly against New Zealand

Northern Ireland could be light on attacking options when Michael O’Neill names his squad to face New Zealand and Azerbaijan, with Conor Washington and Jamie Ward both out.

Luke McCullough has returned to the Doncaster Rovers side. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

NORTHERN IRELAND: McCullough back for Rovers’ promotion party after injury recovery

Luke McCullough may not qualify for a winner’s medal if Doncaster Rovers seal League Two title glory - but a return to the pitch has provided the Northern Ireland international with a significant personal reward.

Northern Irelands Gareth McAuley challenges for the ball with Norways Gustav Valsvik

Gareth McAuley reveals he had no feeling in his foot during Northern Ireland game against Norway

Northern Ireland’s Gareth McAuley has revealed how fearful he was when he lost feeling in his foot just two days after Seamus Coleman’s sickening leg break.

Mon of the Match Steve Davis wraps his arms around Jamie Ward, who struck on two minutes to make it 1-0. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/

OPINION: With our Captain Fantastic, anything is possible for Northern Ireland

As Portugal showed in France last summer, it doesn’t take a great deal of quality to succeed in international football.

Northern Ireland captain Steve Davis proved commanding in the 2-0 defeat of Norway. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Captain Davis’ delight at “massive” win for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has highlighted the importance of a 2-0 victory over Norway that left the side clear in second spot of the World Cup qualifying standings.

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