PNE 3-4 Northern Ireland

It was an excellent game this morning, with both teams playing some good football. Northern Ireland took the lead early on with a simple tap in. It didn’t take long for North End to level the score line. It was Andy who took his chance well to beat the Northern Ireland keeper to level the score.

Northern Ireland scored from a corner to re-take the lead. Slack marking gave the visitors the lead with a clean header. Their lead was extended to 1-3 with a half volley from inside the box. Andy then scored his brace for the morning when he was set free in on goal. Andy raced in on goal then lobbed the onrushing keeper to make the score 2-3.

North End made some second half changes. Lewis came on for Jason and then scored a nice goal with a sweet volley when put through by Pete. Northern Ireland just nicked the winner towards the end of the game, to make it 3-4. Chris had another great game in goal but he couldn’t hold on to the ball as the Northern Ireland striker tapped the ball home. North End pushed for another equaliser but failed to do so.

John looked to have put Preston back in the game when the ball looked to have crossed the line. Steve floated a free-kick to the back post where John slid in to put the ball goal wards. The ball looked to have gone over the line as Northern Ireland cleared the ball after a goal scramble. Pete could have earned a draw when he sliced a good chance at the death.

Well done to all the lads that took part, I thoroughly enjoyed playing the 90 minutes of tense football. All round it was a fantastic performance from the lads in white. Taking into account that this was the second game in two days, not even the professional's do that!



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