David Healy has enjoyed plenty of highs during his international career.
Here, News Letter Sport takes a look at some of the ??-year-old’s highlights.
February 2000 – Luxembourg 1 N Ireland 3
Healy wasted no time in announcing himself on the international stage by scoring two goals on his debut. It was also manager Sammy McIlroy’s first game in charge. Healy – then 20 – scored in the 21st and 48th minutes to secure a 3-1 victory.
June 2004 – Trinidad & Tobago 0 N Ireland 3
A proud moment for Healy as he broke Colin Clarke’s goalscoring record. A free-kick saw Healy draw level with Clarke on 13 goals, and then a close-range finish saw the striker make it 14 and set a new Northern Ireland record.
September 2005 -
N Ireland 1 England 0
A night Healy – and Northern Ireland supporters – will never forget. Latching into Steven Davis’ sublime pass, Healy takes a touch before unleashing an unstoppable volley past Paul Robinson to seal a heroic 1-0 win over England at Windsor Park. Healy has described the goal as the “most memorable” in his career.
September 2006 –
N Ireland 3 Spain 2
Another historic night at Windsor as Healy bags a hat-trick to record a 3-2 victory over Spain in a Euro qualifier. It was a night when Iker Casillas, Xavi, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas and Raul were humbled in Belfast.
November 2007 –
N Ireland 2 Denmark 1
A sublime lobbed finish from the angle at a rain-soaked Windsor saw Healy make it 13 goals in the 2008 Euro Qualifying campaign – a new UEFA record. Uefa President Michel Platini said: “I suspect this record will last for some time to come.”
November 2012 –
N Ireland 1 Azerbaijan 1
Healy scored a last-gasp equaliser with a direct free-kick to salvage a draw. A disappointing result, and it would turn out to be Healy’s last-ever goal for his country.