Monday 26 February 2018

Israel inflict more Windsor woes on North


Northern Ireland's Windsor Park woes continued as two late goals from Israel saw them defeated despite dominating for much of the game.

After disappointing home draws against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, they failed to convert possession and territory into goals before sucker-punch strikes from Lior Refaelov (77) and Eden Ben Basat (84) cost them dear.

With three points from five matches in Group F and a winless run of 13 games, their prospects look grim.

Steven Davis was denied just after the half-hour mark, his close-range shot deflected by goalkeeper Dudu Aouate's face, and he was almost on target in the second half with a powerfully hit effort.

Chances kept coming, but in the 77th minute, Israel defied the run of play to take the lead.

Substitute Refaelov was the scorer with a delightful finish across Roy Carroll, having been teed up by a smart one-touch pass from Itay Shechter.

The hosts battled for an equaliser, but when the otherwise excellent Jonny Evans botched a defensive header, Shechter broke and Ben Basat finished clinically.

Irish Independent

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