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In recent years the team have become used to getting their best results against higher-profile opponents while failing to put lesser teams away. The qualifying campaign for this summer’s World Cup took the pattern to extremes with just two points from four matches against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan to go alongside a home win over Russia and a draw in Portugal on the occasion of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100th cap. Captain Steven Davis expects his Northern Ireland side to learn from the mistakes of the past by beating the Faroe Islands on Saturday. Now, having kicked off their Euro 2016 group with a 2-1 success in Hungary, Southampton midfielder Davis wants nothing less than three more points against Group F’s so called minnows. “I think we need to learn from the mistakes we have made in the past in games like this because we know we are capable of getting a result,” he said. “I think we have to be disciplined. I think in the past we have got a bit ragged and lost our way so it’s about using that experience and putting it into practice. “I don’t think it is a case of not being able to cope with it (being favourite). Players are playing at clubs where there is expectation placed on them all the time. “It is all about showing that and there is a real determination in the squad to get the three points. “It won’t be easy but if we don’t come off with three points we will feel as if we have failed and we don’t want that to happen.” Davis admitted to watching England brush aside San Marino 5-0 on Thursday night as inspiration for the task ahead, but he realises the Faroes will expect to be more competitive than that in Belfast and is not expecting a similar goal-rush. “I saw the majority of the England game and you can see at this level you will always come up against a team who are well organised,” he said. “We expect the Faroes to be disciplined and I’m sure they will see this as an opportunity to get something as well, judging by their past results against some of the smaller nations. “We aren’t good enough to get carried away. We know our limitations and we know how we need to play and the effort we need to put in to get results, no matter who that is against. We need to be at it every game and get a bit of luck along the way.” Press Association read more
Hearts of Oak were stunned 1-0 by Elmina Sharks at the Ndoum Stadium on Wednesday on match day 2 of the GFA Special Competition.The Phobians wasted several opportunities to get goals and perhaps on all three points on the day but they wasted all of them and got punished in the 83rd minute when Felix Addo struck first time from a cutback. Sharks have 4 points from their first two games played while Hearts have three.After losing 3-1 to WAFA on the opening day, Liberty bounced back in style with a huge 4-0 home win over Dwarfs at the Karl Reindorf Park.A Kwadwo Addai own goal started the feast for Liberty with Emmanuel Addo grabbing two. Benjamin Eshun completed the scoring for the home side to give their first three points while Dwarfs have zero points and a minus 6 goal difference. For Dwarfs, their afternoon was made worse due to a red card to their goalkeeper, Razak Issah on the stroke of half time.Aduana Stars also got their maiden win of the competition after defeating Eleven Wonders 2-1. Yahaya Mohammed and Fatawu Abdulrahman put Aduana Stars 2-0 up before Alex Asamoah pulled one back for Wonders.WAFA stayed unbeaten after two games with a 1-1 home draw with Inter Allies. Kingsford Opoku scored for WAFA while Effiong Nsungusi Jnr was on target for Allies.In other results, Dreams FC drew 1-1 with Karela and Bechem drew a blank at home with AshGold in a goalless draw.MATCH DAY 2 RESULTS:Elmina Sharks 1-0 Hearts of OakWAFA 1-1 Inter AlliesLiberty 4-0 DwarfsAduana Stars 2-1 Eleven WondersDreams 1-1 KarelaBechem United 0-0 AshGold read more