Northern Ireland's goal drought in away friendlies now stretches to 10 games after their stalemate against Cyprus.

Antonis Georgallides saved an early Martin Paterson header before the hosts took control with Nestoras Mitidis and Demetris Christofi squandering chances.

Jamie Ward fired wide in the second half before Gareth McAuley was shown a straight red card for a last-man challenge on Christofi on 76 minutes.

O'Neill disappointed with NI display

Roy Carroll saved a late Andreas Makris shot as the visitors held on.

The portents for the game were not good - a Northern Ireland side without a goal in an away friendly since 2006 against the Cypriots, who had drawn a blank in their last six competitive matches.

The visitors made a bright start in front of a paltry crowd at the GSP Stadium and Paterson came close to scoring after 13 minutes.

Niall McGinn sent in an inviting cross and the Huddersfield striker saw his powerful six-yard header saved by the alert Georgallides.

The balance of power shifted towards Cyprus as the half progressed and the hosts were unfortunate not to go in ahead at the break.

Constantinos Makrides slotted past keeper Alan Mannus but Ryan McGivern was perfectly placed to clear his goal-bound shot.

No complaints over red card - McAuley

Mitidis drilled wide from eight yards from a low cross before Christofi's volley was palmed over by Mannus after the Sion striker beat the offside trap.

Mannus made another good save from a deflected cross as a disappointing 45 minutes for Northern Ireland came to an end.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill made two half-time changes with Kyle Lafferty and Carroll replacing Paterson and Mannus.

The Cypriot threat abated in a more even second half and Ward dragged his shot wide from McGinn's clever throughball.

Christofi blazed over from 18 yards before his low shot was easily saved by Carroll.

Northern Ireland played the last 14 minutes with 10 men after McAuley was sent off for chopping down Christofi as the forward raced clear on goal.

Cyprus debutant Makris was presented with a chance to win it in the final minute, but Carroll raced out to smother the substitute's shot.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (11)

Cyprus

  • 01 Georgallidis
  • 06 Kyriakou
  • 15 Antoniades
  • 13 Makridis (Charalambidis - 64' )
  • 04 Merkis
  • 02 Júnior Dossa Momade
  • 09 Christofi (Makris - 85' )
  • 21 Laban Booked (Kyriakou - 67' )
  • 08 Mitidis
  • 23 Nikolaou (Artymatas - 58' )
  • 07 Aloneftis (Efrem - 51' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Charalambous
  • 05 Sielis
  • 10 Charalambidis
  • 11 Alexandrou
  • 12 Loizou
  • 14 Kyriakou
  • 17 Efrem
  • 18 Papathanasiou
  • 19 Artymatas
  • 20 Stylianou
  • 24 Makris

Northern Ireland

  • 12 Mannus (Carroll - 45' )
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 03 McGivern
  • 16 Norwood (McCourt - 74' )
  • 04 McAuley Dismissed
  • 05 Bruce
  • 07 McGinn (Ferguson - 73' )
  • 08 Davis
  • 09 Paterson (Lafferty - 45' )
  • 11 Brunt
  • 19 Ward Booked (McKay - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Carroll
  • 02 Lafferty
  • 06 Ferguson
  • 10 Lafferty
  • 14 McKay (McArdle - 80' )
  • 15 McCourt
  • 17 Shiels
  • 18 McArdle
  • 21 Paton
  • 22 Reeves
  • 23 McGovern
Ref: Liran Liany

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

5 2

Corners

5 2

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cyprus 0, Northern Ireland 0.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cyprus 0, Northern Ireland 0.

90:00 +3:29

Foul by Charis Kyriakou (Cyprus).

90:00 +3:29

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:42

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Giorgos Merkis.

90:00 +1:38

Attempt blocked. Georgios Efrem (Cyprus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charalambos Kyriakou.

90:00 +0:39

Antonis Georgallidis (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:39

Foul by Rory McArdle (Northern Ireland).

90:00 +0:15

Foul by Dosa Júnior (Cyprus).

90:00 +0:15

Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:45

Attempt saved. Andreas Makris (Cyprus) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Konstantinos Charalambidis with a through ball.

87:09

Offside, Northern Ireland. Patrick McCourt tries a through ball, but Shane Ferguson is caught offside.

86:01

Foul by Dosa Júnior (Cyprus).

86:01

Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cyprus. Andreas Makris replaces Demetris Christofi.

79:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Rory McArdle replaces Billy McKay.

78:39

Offside, Northern Ireland. Ryan McGivern tries a through ball, but Kyle Lafferty is caught offside.

77:11

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Marios Antoniades.

76:08

Offside, Cyprus. Konstantinos Charalambidis tries a through ball, but Dosa Júnior is caught offside.

75:07 Dismissal

Dismissal Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland) is shown the red card.

75:01

Demetris Christofi (Cyprus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:01

Foul by Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland).

73:58

Offside, Cyprus. Kostakis Artymatas tries a through ball, but Georgios Efrem is caught offside.

73:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Patrick McCourt replaces Oliver Norwood.

72:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Shane Ferguson replaces Niall McGinn.

71:13

Dosa Júnior (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:13

Foul by Niall McGinn (Northern Ireland).

68:37

Attempt saved. Demetris Christofi (Cyprus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kostakis Artymatas.

66:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cyprus. Charis Kyriakou replaces Vincent Laban.

64:34

Attempt missed. Demetris Christofi (Cyprus) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nestoras Mitidis.

63:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cyprus. Konstantinos Charalambidis replaces Constantinos Makridis.

62:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Billy McKay replaces Jamie Ward.

59:31

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (Northern Ireland) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

58:48

Foul by Dosa Júnior (Cyprus).

58:48

Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:22

Corner, Cyprus. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

57:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cyprus. Kostakis Artymatas replaces Marios Nikolaou.

56:56

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a through ball.

56:06

Offside, Cyprus. Dosa Júnior tries a through ball, but Demetris Christofi is caught offside.

55:54

Marios Antoniades (Cyprus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:54

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland).

51:11

Attempt blocked. Nestoras Mitidis (Cyprus) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marios Nikolaou with a headed pass.

50:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cyprus. Georgios Efrem replaces Efstathios Aloneftis because of an injury.

49:39

Delay in match Efstathios Aloneftis (Cyprus) because of an injury.

48:02

Foul by Demetris Christofi (Cyprus).

48:02

Ryan McGivern (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:40 Booking

Booking Vincent Laban (Cyprus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:35

Foul by Vincent Laban (Cyprus).

46:35

Niall McGinn (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Cyprus 0, Northern Ireland 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Roy Carroll replaces Alan Mannus.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Kyle Lafferty replaces Martin Paterson.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cyprus 0, Northern Ireland 0.

44:39

Attempt missed. Nestoras Mitidis (Cyprus) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Marios Antoniades with a cross.

41:52

Giorgos Merkis (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:52

Foul by Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland).

39:50

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

38:07

Attempt missed. Dosa Júnior (Cyprus) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Efstathios Aloneftis with a cross following a corner.

37:42

Corner, Cyprus. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

37:37

Attempt saved. Demetris Christofi (Cyprus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Efstathios Aloneftis.

35:08

Corner, Cyprus. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

35:00

Attempt blocked. Nestoras Mitidis (Cyprus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charalambos Kyriakou with a cross.

32:01

Marios Nikolaou (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:01

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland).

31:05

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan McGivern.

29:52

Corner, Cyprus. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

27:22

Offside, Northern Ireland. Jamie Ward tries a through ball, but Martin Paterson is caught offside.

24:19

Attempt saved. Demetris Christofi (Cyprus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Efstathios Aloneftis with a cross.

23:22

Marios Nikolaou (Cyprus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:22

Foul by Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland).

21:56 Booking

Booking Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

21:26

Hand ball by Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland).

18:30

Foul by Alex Bruce (Northern Ireland).

18:30

Nestoras Mitidis (Cyprus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:08

Attempt blocked. Constantinos Makridis (Cyprus) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

14:18

Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:18

Foul by Marios Antoniades (Cyprus).

13:26

Corner, Cyprus. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

12:20

Attempt saved. Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a cross.

10:02

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:39

Foul by Dosa Júnior (Cyprus).

8:39

Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:06

Offside, Northern Ireland. Niall McGinn tries a through ball, but Martin Paterson is caught offside.

0:40

Offside, Cyprus. Constantinos Makridis tries a through ball, but Marios Antoniades is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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