First Team

Smith wins second Northern Ireland cap

12th September 2018

Michael Smith won his second international cap in Northern Ireland’s win over Israel last night.

The Hearts defender made a substitute appearance in the 71st minute, helping Northern Ireland to keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 friendly victory at Windsor Park.

Southampton’s Steven Davis put the home side in front after 13 minutes before Stuart Dallas doubled their lead before the half was out, with Gavin Whyte adding a third in the 67th minute.

There was more Hearts-related success for Northern Ireland yesterday after their U21s side beat Spain on their own turf.

Ian Baraclough’s side won 2-1 at Carlos Belmonte Stadium in their UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier, with the Jambos’ Bobby Burns – currently on loan at Livingston - playing the full match.