A cold and wet night was the weather on the last (designated) international date of 2010, as Northern Ireland made the most of this opportunity to invite Morocco to Windsor Park for a friendly.
Managed to get tickets for this one, in the front of the Railway Stand, which seemed like a good idea at the time.
I’d decided on the Railway Stand just to see what it was like. It was a good view although I was unprotected from the elements, but I was able to get some not so bad photos when the ball was at that end of the pitch.
I also took the opportunity pre-match to try and get some portrait shots of the stadium.
The match wasn’t a lot to write home about, though Northern Ireland held their own, but just lacked that killer touch.
At half-time, it looked like one of those games that was going to end 0-0.
That changed early in the second-half when Marouane Chamakh charged down a clearance to put Morocco 1-0 up.
Northern Ireland huffed and puffed but never looked like scoring in open play, but in the 86th minute, a dead ball opportunity arose when Northern Ireland were awarded a penalty.
I managed to get into a good position for the kick, although I didn’t get any good photos of the goal, I did get a good one of the pre kick tension.
A late equaliser isn’t a bad way to warm the heart on a bitterly cold night, now, to concentrate on club football.