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FIRST HALF: (England playing left to right GV: Northern Ireland kicking of??? pass ball back to goalkeeper
GV: Northern Ireland break from midfield Ball crossed from left wing and after goalmouth scramble Irish player shoots wide
GV: England's Phil Neal leaves ball for Wilkins who sends long pass. Ball into Irish penalty area and England forward shoots over crossbar
GV: Crowd cheering
GV: England attack, Neal crosses from right wing into Irish goalmouth and David Johnson's header saved by keeper Jim Platt
GV PAN: Trevor Brooking (England) takes corner and after goalmouth scramble Platt saves
GV: Scoreboard (0-0)
SECOND HALF: GV: England kick off from right to left. Ball goes out of play
GV: England break down right wing, and after ball crossed into Irish penalty area, goal scored for England. (2 shots)
GV: Scoreboard (1-0)
GV PAN: Northern Ireland attack down right wing. Ball crossed into England penalty area where Terry Cochrane half volleys ball into England net (2 shots)
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Background: Association football ..... and England's team has been held to a draw by Northern Ireland in a Home International Championship game at London's Wembley Stadium. The disappointing result for the home side on Tuesday (20 May) followed their record 4-1 defeat by Wales the Saturday before (17 May).
SYNOPSIS: Northern Ireland, playing from right to left in the darker shirts, began the game confidently.
In the opening game of the championship, the new men from Ulster had surprisingly beaten Scotland, and were fielding an unchanged team. England, however, had made nine changes after their disastrous match against Wales. The English midfield dominated the game, but the Irish counter-attached skilfully throughout.
Ray Wilkins of Manchester United was England's best player, constantly setting up attacks. But the England attack, lacking Kevin Keegan, Tony Woodcock and Trevor Francis, could not find the target.
The match, played in rain, was watched by only thirty-five thousand spectators, who saw the Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jim Platt, constantly thwart the English.
England's unexciting first half performance contrasted with the last international at Wembley, when they thrillingly beat the world champions, Argentina, Once more, Platt was in their way.
England began the second half needing a victory to have any hope of wining the championship.
Ten minutes from the end, England scored but only through an own goal by Noel Brotherston, harassed by David Johnson.
England were in front only briefly. Northern Ireland attacked down the right wing, creating a chance for substitute Terry Cochrane. The 1-1 result left England and Scotland, the traditional powers of British football, at the bottom of the Championship table.