Isaac Price, the talented teenager from Northern Ireland, became the star of the evening when he joined his fellow players in jubilation after netting the opening goal in their outstanding 2-0 triumph over Denmark in the UEFA EURO 2024 Qualifying Round Group H clash at Belfast’s National Stadium in Windsor Park.
Although Denmark had already guaranteed their spot in the next stage, the youthful Northern Ireland team, with an average age of only 24, delivered a remarkable display. They came close to scoring in the initial half, but it was in the latter half that they truly excelled. At the 60-minute mark, Jamal Lewis showcased exceptional skills as he sprinted down the left side, effortlessly surpassing a few opponents and initiating a swift counter-attack. Eventually, he connected with Dion Charles, who cleverly identified Shea Charles in an open area. The spectators burst into exhilaration as the momentum of the break intensified, and their elation peaked when Charles executed a flawless pass to Price. The talented young striker’s precise shot pierced the net, leaving Kasper Schmeichel defenseless at the side closest to him.
With a strong determination to equalize, Denmark introduced their experienced players and exerted great effort. Nevertheless, it was Northern Ireland who secured the win by scoring a crucial second goal. George Saville executed a flawlessly measured long pass which reached substitute Conor McMenamin, who demonstrated exceptional skill in controlling the ball, surpassing his opponent, and delivering an accurate cross to Charles. The forward effortlessly completed the goal at the distant post, leaving the Danish defense astonished.
Despite this triumph, Denmark concludes at the top of the group, tied in points with Slovenia. Nevertheless, it will be Finland who advances to the play-offs.