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Thursday 22 February 2018

529: Dismal turnout for Aviva clash

Gary Speed claimed his first win as Wales manager in front of a miserably small crown at the Aviva Stadium last night.

Just 529 spectators saw their 2-0 victory in the 50,0000-capacity stadium, while Northern Ireland ended up with the wooden spoon at the inaugural Carling Nations Cup.

Aaron Ramsey and Rob Earnshaw got the goals.

The loss meant Northern Ireland ended the tournament in Dublin without a single point or goal, having conceded 10 over the three games.

The stadium was near empty, with neutral fans -- gaining free entry after paying for tickets for previous matches -- outnumbering those supporting the Welsh and the North.

Northern Ireland made five changes from the side thrashed 5-0 by the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, bringing in Jonny Tuffey, Colin Coates, Oliver Norwood, Robert Garrett and Niall McGinn.

Irish Independent

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