Younes Belhanda is challenged by Northern Ireland debutant Adam Barton
By Lyle Jackson
Rory Patterson grabbed a draw for Northern Ireland against Morocco with an 86th-minute penalty at Windsor Park.
Nigel Worthington's side looked to be heading for defeat when defender Rachid Soulaimani was adjudged to have hauled down Josh McQuoid in the goalmouth.
Morocco had been gifted the lead in the 55th minute by a mistake by substitute goalkeeper Alan Blayney.
Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh scored when Blayney's attempted clearance rebounded off the Moroccan and into the net.
The late equaliser should give manager Nigel Worthington reason for optimism after what seemed like being a disappointing night.
A string of withdrawals forced Worthington to make eight changes from the side which laboured to a draw in the Faroe Islands.
Preston midfielder Adam Barton, who is also eligible for England, was handed a debut from the start in the hope he could be persuaded to pledge his allegiance full-time.
Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington says his players stuck to their task well in the friendly draw with Morocco
The under-strength hosts made a bright opening to the international friendly, but Morocco had the best chances of the opening 45 minutes.
Chakib Benzoukane cut inside to force keeper Jonathan Tuffey to touch the shot away for a corner.
Aaron Hughes headed away from the set-piece but Kharja Houssine fired a shot back in which flew over the bar.
The best chance of the half fell to Nancy midfielder Youssef Hadji who weakly shot straight at Tuffey.
Blayney, Michael O'Connor, McQuoid and Rory McArdle came on as substitutes as Northern Ireland boss Worthington made changes at half-time.
The breakthrough goal may have been a disaster for keeper Blayney as he tried to control and clear McArdle's backpass, but made he made some amends soon afterwards by tipping Adil Hermach's long-range effort on to the bar.
Northern Ireland did not give up and were rewarded with Plymouth forward Patterson's late penalty.
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