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Narrow defeat but a positive start to Euro qualifying for Gibraltar

Jeff Hendrick, wearing 13, scored Ireland's winner.
Jeff Hendrick, wearing 13, scored Ireland's winner. / Twitter /@FAIReland
  • Jeff Hendrick's goal gave Ireland all three points on Mick McCarthy's return to the dug-out last Saturday

Despite the latest international break yielding two defeats, the Gibraltar national team can hold their heads high after pushing the Republic of Ireland all the way in their European Championships qualifier at the Victoria Stadium last Saturday.

A combination of resolute defending and the elements contrived to make life hard for Ireland on Mick McCarthy's return to the dug-out.

Gibraltar, 194th in the world rankings, more than held their own in the first half and could have gone ahead after the restart through Roy Chipolina's header from a corner, denied by cat-like reflexes from keeper Darren Randolph.

However, they came unstuck minutes later when Burnley's Jeff Hendrick stroked home a pull-back to seal a narrow win for the visitors.

Friendly action

The strong winds remained for the visit of Estonia for a friendly match on Tuesday but again it was the visitors who claimed the win.

Gibraltar, who hit the crossbar from a freekick in the first half and who had a goal disallowed in the second, went behind in the 53rd minute when Konstantin Vassiljev's freekick curled in past the grasp of Kyle Goldwin.