A photographer has told of his shock and pain after a firework was thrown at him as he was taking pictures at an international football match.
Darren Kidd was working from the touchline at the Northern Ireland v Romania match at Windsor Park on Saturday when a firecracker struck him.
Mr Kidd said: "It hit me on the back of the neck just at my collar and then exploded as it fell. It burnt me on my neck and under my arm. It's pretty painful."
He was given medical attention at the scene, but Mr Kidd said he couldn't hear for some time and thinks he may have burst an eardrum.
He added: "I was in front of a section of Northern Ireland fans and that's where it came from," he said.
"They tried to tell me it was Romanian fans, but they were nowhere near and I don't believe it."
It was left to John O'Shea to try and take the positives from Ireland's disappointing draw with Scotland and although he hasn't given up hope of qualifying for next Summer's European Championships, the veteran defender knows that Ireland face an uphill task.