Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fulham Northern Ireland

In a more positive frame of mind than yesterday's post.

New Fulham cult hero David Healy scored twice tonight to help Northern Ireland to a 3-1 win over Liechtenstein. That takes Healy's unofficial* total to 5 goals in 4 games. Chris Baird captained the side that also featured Steven Davis and, possible Fulham target, Kyle Lafferty who scored the third goal. Northern Ireland are now second in their group.

In other International news Simon Davies played in Wales' 1-0 victory in Bulgaria. Papa Bouba Diop made his presence felt, particularly on Michael Essien, at The New Den where Senegal and Ghana fought out a 1-1 draw. Adrian Leijer helped the Australian U23 side to a 0-0 draw with Iraq in their attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games and Ricardo Batista kept goal for the Portugese U21 side that beat Malta 3-0.

Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey both featured in the U.S.A's 1-0 loss in Sweden. Clint Dempsey nearly scored for the Americans firing a low shot from inside the penalty area that goalkeeper Rami Shaaban barely got his gloves on.

Meanwhile during the England v Germany friendly at the new Wembley, both Paul Robinson and Jens Lehmann did their best to make Tony Warner feel a whole lot better about himself.

* Healy's unofficial total includes "the goal that should have been" against Middlesbrough.


bq said...

Chopper-Right back at you. I wish I'd known you were doing this. Could have saved me TWO hours. You must google faster than me! : )

Strange as I watched the US v Sweden game and I don't recall that Dempsey shot. I had a long day at work and must have drifted off into a coma for a few moments...or something.

I know how time consuming this sort of thing is and appreciate your work. How does Bruce at DuNord do this everyday only about 10X as long. Amazing!

Chopper said...

My description of the Dempsey shot came from the ESPN soccernet report. Also read a few of the forums - it sounded like Dempsey was involved in a lot of good stuff but didn't really take his chances?

Agree with you about DuNord, I sometimes worry I'm spending too long doing this sort of stuff so Bruce must really love his football.