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N Ireland 0-2 Turkey

Northern Ireland action
Johnny Gorman fends off the attention of Sabr Sarioglu in New Britain

An inexperienced Northern Ireland side lost 2-0 to Turkey in a friendly match played in searing heat in Connecticut.

Nigel Worthington's team, missing 17 regulars, defended well in the first half to restrict Turkey to few chances.

Sercan Yilidrim fired a right-foot shot into the bottom corner past Alan Blayney in the 47th minute.

Blayney pushed a Colin Kazim-Richards shot onto the bar but Emre set up Semih Senturk to rifle home a low 10-yard shot into the net in the 71st minute.

Tuncay blasted over the bar when he should have scored in the second minute and the former Middlesbrough striker then saw his long range shot hit a Northern Ireland defender.

Kazim-Richards headed over from a corner and Blayney, one of five Irish League players to start the game, saved low at his left post as a corner deflected off debutant teenager Johnny Gorman.

Substitute Sercan completed a good move by rifling his right-foot shot into the bottom corner past Blayney for the opener.

Gorman then did well to beat a defender and cross from the left wing but no Northern Ireland player could connect in the penalty area.

Soon after, Rory Patterson set up Andrew Little but his ambitious overhead kick landed on top of the net.

Kazim-Richards saw his 56th-minute piledriver pushed onto the bar by Linfield goalkeeper Blayney and Semih Senturk fired just wide.

606: DEBATE

Ex-Newcastle player Emre set up Fenerbahce forward Senturk, who fired a low shot past Blayney from 10 yards for Turkey's second goal and his seventh in international football.

Turkey continued to dominate and press for a third as Nigel Worthington's side began to tire in the heat.

Stephen Craigan cleared off the line as Tuncay moved into convert a Sercan cross and Sarioglu headed over.

Craigan again cleared off the line and Arda Turan rifled a right-foot shot wide of the post.

Colin Coates, James Lawrie and senior debutants Josh Magennis, Rory McArdle and Michael Bryan all came on as second-half substitutes.

Northern Ireland face a 10-hour flight ahead of the second match of their tour against World-Cup bound Chile on Sunday night.


Northern Ireland: Blayney (Linfield), Little (Rangers), McAuley (Ipswich Town), Craigan (Motherwell), McGivern (Manchester City), Garrett (Linfield), Mulgrew (Linfield), C Evans (Manchester United), Braniff (Portadown), Gorman (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Patterson (Coleraine)
Subs: McGovern (Ross County), McArdle (Rochdale), Coates (Crusaders), Maginess (Cardiff City), Lawrie (Port Vale), Bryan (Watford).

Turkey: Kivrak, Sarioglu, Cetin, Toraman, Erkin, Hamit Altintop, Inan, Nuri Sahin, Ipek, Kazim-Richards, Sanli. Subs: Bolat, Zan, Belozoglu, Senturk, Turan, Topal, Gulselam, Ozturk, Bahadir, Koybasi, Yildirim, Uysal.

Referee: Terry Vaughn (USA)

Attendance: 4,000



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see also
NI skipper Craigan defends tour
25 May 10 |  Irish
Teenager Gorman set for NI debut
24 May 10 |  Irish
Craigan handed NI tour captaincy
21 May 10 |  Irish
Keeper Blayney in NI tour squad
13 May 10 |  Football
N Ireland stars missing for tour
11 May 10 |  Football


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