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IRISH LEAGUE QUIZ: The week that was ... were you paying attention?

The Irish Cup took centre stage for Irish League clubs this week and we're keen to know if you, the faithful fans, were paying attention.
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Aaron Burns. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Glenavon boss rules out move for Linfield’s Burns

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has dismissed speculation over a deal for Linfield’s Aaron Burns.

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Martin Smith was on target for Coleraine in their 7-0 win over Lisburn Distillery in the Irish Cup.

IRISH CUP: Seven up for Coleraine as they see off Distillery

Coleraine 7 Lisburn Distillery 0

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Glentoran's Robbie McDaid's shot is deflected in off a Linfield player for the winning goal

IRISH LEAGUE: Glentoran take derby spoils against Linfield

Robbie McDaid came off the substitutes’ bench to help Glentoran claim a famous Big Two victory at the Oval.

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Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland to play Panama and Costa Rica in 2018

Northern Ireland will travel to Central America next year to play Panama in Panama City on Tuesday 29 May before taking on Costa Rica on Sunday 3 June in San Jose.

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Linfield boss 
David Healy

Linfield boss David Healy left ‘a bit embarrassed’ after Warrenpoint draw

Linfield manager David Healy admitted he felt ‘a bit embarrassed’ after Saturday’s 3-3 draw with sturggling Warrenpoint at Windsor Park.
The Blues boss said his players were ‘not good enough’ and ‘lacked courage’ against ‘Point.

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Johnny Black when with Coleraine

FOOTBALL FEATURE: Johnny Black enjoying life to the full Down Under

Former Irish League defender Johnny Black admits he is loving life in Australia following spells with Glentoran, Coleraine, Linfield and Portadown.

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Cameron Stewart's first-half header drops over the line to seal success for Linfield over Glenavon. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Stewart seals vital Linfield victory over Glenavon

With contrasting pre-match talk from each camp on the degree of pressure facing the opposition, defending champions Linfield turned up the heat on the teams at the top thanks to a well-earned 1-0 win over Glenavon.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

Michael O’Neill ‘free to hold talks with Scotland’

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is free to hold talks over the Scotland job in the coming days, it is understood.

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Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward with Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner and Yann Sommer

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland's World Cup dreams are over

SWITZERLAND 0 NORTHERN IRELAND 0
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Northern Ireland v Switzerland

NI v Switzerland: Controversial penalty award gives Swiss the advantage

NORTHERN IRELAND 0 SWITZERLAND 1

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Crusaders Paul Heatley

FOOTBALL: Ards stun Co Andrim Shield holders Linfield; Crusaders also through

As Halloween horror shows go, this just about tops the lot.

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Linfield boss David Healy

IRISH LEAGUE: David Healy asks players do they want to be successful with Linfield

Linfield manager David Healy said he was horrified by his team's performance in the 5-2 home loss to Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership on Monday night.

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Northern Ireland will discover who the face in the World Cup play-offs when the draw takes place later this month

Irish FA issue important ticket information for home leg of World Cup play-offs

Ahead of next month's World Cup play-offs, the Irish Football Association has today issued some important ticket information for the home leg.
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Northern Ireland fans celebrate

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland have qualified for the World Cup play-offs

Northern Ireland have secured qualification for the play-offs for next summer's World Cup in Russia.
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Northern Ireland will be hoping to make it to the World Cup finals in Russia next year. (Photo: Presseye)

Football quiz: Northern Ireland v Germany

There's plenty of history between the Northern Ireland national football team and its German counterpart.

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Dromara girl Caragh Milligan has signed for Icelandic side Fylkir.

Caragh enjoying new challenge in Iceland

Dromara-born Northern Ireland ladies midfielder Caragh Milligan says football has been “a game changer” for her after she signed to play for Icelandic side Fylkir.

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Gareth McAuley

FOOTBALL: Gareth McAuley returns to Northern Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers

West Brom's Gareth McAuley is back in Northern Ireland's squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Germany and Norway next month.

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Paul Heatley scored a sensational goal as Crusaders saw off Linfield

OPINION: Crusaders have struck a psychological blow to Blues

Crusaders’ impressive victory in the battle of the ‘heavyweights’ at Seaview on Tuesday night will have struck a significant psychological blow to reigning champions Linfield.

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