Irish trio win caps again

Last updated : 29 May 2006 By Tony Scholes

Kyle Lafferty - came on as a substitute
Defender Duff was the only one of the three in the starting line up as the Irish made a disastrous start, falling two goals behind in the first thirteen minutes of the game, and there was to be no way back for them.

If trying to come back from that deficit wasn't bad enough they were reduced to ten men when James Quinn was sent off seven minutes before half time for a reckless challenge.

With twenty-four minutes to go, Lawrie Sanchez made a double substitution which saw both Lafferty and Jones come on, replacing Peter Thompson of Linfield and Hibs' Dean Shiels. For that final period of the game all three Burnley players were on the pitch.

Jones is not yet a Claret, he'll sign in July, so officially there were only two Burnley players on the pitch – the last time we had three players in the same international side was in May 1966 when Alex Elder, Willie Irvine and Sammy Todd were all in the Northern Ireland team beaten 2-0 in Belfast by England.