Northern Ireland U21 1-0 Cyprus U21

Jonny Gorman

Jonny Gorman scored the winning goal as Northern Ireland Under-21s defeated their Cypriot counterparts in a 2015 European Championship qualifier at Mourneview Park on Tuesday night.

Leyton Orient midfielder Gorman, a substitute, struck five minutes from time to secure victory.

Gorman's free-kick was helped into his own net by Andreas Christofides.

For Northern Ireland, it was their first victory and first points of the campaign after five successive defeats.

It was the home side's first shot on target of a largely lifeless encounter and they may have even had a second when Gorman drew a good save from Giorgos Loizou in the final stages.

Jim Magilton took charge with Stephen Robinson away with the Under-17s and had reason to be content after his side came back into the dressing-room level.

Ryan Brobbell had an early effort blocked and they were hardly troubled at the other end, with only a wayward effort from Cyprus captain Pieros Sotiriou causing any alarm.

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Conor Brennan kept out the first shot on target on 62 minutes when Kostakis Artymatas finally made him work.

Cyprus, a place above Northern Ireland in Group Nine, with six points, threatened through Sotiriou and Nikos Efthimiou but a draw seemed the most likely result until Gorman's late intervention.

His free-kick was turned in by Christofides to give Northern Ireland just their second goal of the campaign and the three points.

Gorman almost got his name on the scoresheet again soon after, but Loizou made a good save.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 19th November 2013

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England U2165102312216
2Moldova U21741292713
3Wales U21631286210
4Finland U2162229818
5Lithuania U217214514-97
6San Marino U218107225-233

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark U2175201861217
2Russia U217511137616
3Slovenia U217223121028
4Estonia U2162225418
5Bulgaria U2182241517-28
6Andorra U217016120-191

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia U2164111761113
2Netherlands U2143101321110
3Georgia U216213712-57
4Scotland U21521278-17
5Luxembourg U215005117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain U2166002251718
2Austria U215401118312
3Hungary U216204811-36
4Bosnia-Herzegovina U216204916-76
5Albania U217106414-103

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia U2165011631315
2Switzerland U21530211479
3Ukraine U2132017436
4Latvia U215203810-26
5Liechtenstein U215005021-210

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany U2164201551014
2Montenegro U2152217528
3R. of Ireland U2162229818
4Romania U2151317706
5Faroe Islands U216015720-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland U217502167915
2Turkey U21531195410
3Greece U215302155109
4Sweden U215212111017
5Malta U216006125-240

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal U2144001441012
2Israel U215302171169
3Norway U216204917-86
4Macedonia U21411235-24
5Azerbaijan U215113511-64

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium U21641194513
2Serbia U21531196310
3Italy U2153027439
4Cyprus U21620468-26
5Northern Ireland U216105211-93

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France U2155002151615
2Iceland U215401137612
3Kazakhstan U216204411-76
4Armenia U216204514-96
5Belarus U216105511-63
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