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Last Updated: Monday, 31 May, 2004, 02:17 GMT 03:17 UK
Barbados 1-1 Northern Ireland
Ten-man Northern Ireland salvaged a 1-1 draw against Barbados in a friendly international in Bridgetown.

David Healy equalised in the 71st minute to cancel out a first-half strike from Barbados' Kenroy Skinner.

Northern Ireland had Mark Williams sent off in the first half and Healy missed a penalty after the break.

Healy and Skinner both went close before their goals, while James Quinn had a goal disallowed for Lawrie Sanchez's men.

Both sides were out of the blocks in explosive fashion, Skinner hitting the woodwork on 10 minutes from a Ryan Lucas cross before Quinn's header found the back of the net, only to be ruled out for pushing.

30 mins: Mark Williams sent off for NI
40 mins: Kenny Skinner gives Barbados the lead
67 mins: David Healy hits post with penalty for NI
71 mins: Healy equalises for NI

But Skinner made the breakthrough when he latched onto a long throw from Barbados skipper John Parris and slipped the ball past goalkeeper Maik Taylor.

Northern Ireland were dealt a further blow when they lost Williams after clashing with Skinner on the half hour mark.

But they rallied to finish the half strongly, with Healy's rasping 18-yard effort requiring an alert save from Barbados keeper Adrian Chase.

In the second half, Northern Ireland began to exert some authority but were denied a gilt-edged chance when Healy hit the post with his 67th-minute penalty after defender Dwight James handled in the box.

But Healy made amends four minutes later when he seized on to a loose ball after a scramble in the Barbados penalty box and fired home from close range.

Barbados: Chase, Braithwaite, Parris, James, Randy Burrowes, Kent Hall, Forde, Lovell, Grosvenor, Skinner, Lucas. Subs: Howell, Boyce, Burgess, Hawkesworth, Riley, Goodridge, Neblett.

Northern Ireland: Taylor, Baird, Williams, Craigan, Capaldi, Gillespie, Johnson, Sonner, Mulryne, Quinn, Healy. Subs: Ingham, Murdock, Whitley, Smith, Hamilton, McVeigh, Elliott, Jones, Doherty.

Referee: Neil Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago)

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