Was at Windsor Park for the Euro 2012 Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Italy.

It was Northern Ireland’s first home game of the campaign following a 1-0 win over Slovenia in the opening game.

Windsor Park had two temporary stands put in for the game to meet demand for tickets.

My ticket was in the Viewing Lounge, which offered an excellent view of the game, albiet with no real opportunity for good match shots.

Managed to get some good portrait shots of the stadium, and I managed to get temporary access to the bottom tier of the South Stand for some shots.

Was quite happy with some of the shots I got, and the result especially, which finished 0-0, albiet an entertaining 0-0.

If Northern Ireland had won, it wouldn’t have been a Smash and Grab. However, if Italy had won, you wouldn’t have denied it to them.

When Northern Ireland attacked, you hoped they would score, when Italy attack, you feared they would score.

There were some hairy moments, not helped by unenforced errors giving possession away too frequently for my liking.

But, we got the result, and hopefully, it will be followed by a win against group minnow Faroe Islands, ahead of the game in Serbia.

Recent form suggest that Serbia will either win the group, or finish third.

Their opening two results, a draw with Slovenia and a defeat to Estonia, suggests that they may not be as good as people think they are, although it does suggest that Estonia are a lot better than people think they are.

So hopefully, we can get positive results in Faroe Islands and Serbia, to set things up nicely for another memorable Windsor occasion against Slovenia in March.

Until then, why not enjoy some photos from last night?


3 thoughts on “NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 ITALY 8.10.2010

  1. In the last photo it looks like two of the Northern Ireland subs were more warmed up than they should have been, if you follow my meaning.

    I’m an experienced coach and I haven’t come across such exercises in any training manual.

    Is this common behaviour in your country?

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