Northern Ireland’s Paul Smyth celebrates scoring his side’s second goal  during the international friendly match against South Korea at Windsor Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland 2 South Korea 1 Debutant Paul Smyth needed just four minutes to deliver on Michael O’Neill’s assertion that “the future starts today(...)

Switzerland players celebrate after Ricardo Rodriguez  scored from the penalty spot during the World Cup playoff first leg at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland 0 Switzerland 1 The road to Russia for Northern Ireland has been pot-holed by a potentially fatal blunder. “Dare to Dream” is their (...)

 Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough and Ian Thompson at a bakery in Saint-Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their Euro 2016 opener. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

We flew from Dublin into Nice, on the Côte d’Azur in France, on an Aer Lingus Airbus, the St Fergal, a saint who, back in 753 AD or thereabouts, made(...)

 Jamie Ward’s return bolsters Northern Ireland’s attacking options.

Jamie Ward has been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for their decisive Euro 2016 qualifiers against Greece and Finland. A hamstring injury kept(...)

Northern Ireland train at Windsor Park: Michael O’Neill may have five players from Premier League clubs in his starting line-up. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

A Romanian reporter, perhaps lacking in some local knowledge, asked Michael O’Neill yesterday at Windsor Park if Northern Ireland would embark on a “g(...)

Northern Ireland goalscorer Steven Davis is put under pressure by Israel’s Eran Zahavi during last night’s World Cup Group F qualifier  against Israel at the Ramat Gan Stadium in  Tel Aviv. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Israel 1 Northern Ireland 1Steven Davis’s second-half strike ensured Northern Ireland’s disappointing World Cup campaign ended on a positive note with(...)