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Evans involved in friendly draw

1 June 2015

Northern Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw by Qatar in their friendly international at Crewe on Sunday.

Rovers midfielder Corry Evans played the full match at the Alexandra Stadium as the Northern Irish stepped up their fitness ahead of their all-important Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania on June 13th.

Brentford's Stuart Dallas gave Michael O'Neill's side the lead seconds into the second half, but the 2022 World Cup hosts equalised on 70 minutes thanks to a goal from substitute Karim Boudiaf.

Northern Ireland now travel to back across the Irish Sea to take on the Republic of Ireland in a behind closed doors friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Thursday, before the qualifier against Romania at Windsor Park the following week.

• Meanwhile Darragh Lenihan will be on international duty this Monday as the Republic of Ireland Under-21s take on an England 'C' side in Galway.

The midfielder, who played in Rovers' last three games of the season, is part of a 21-man squad for two matches against England. Following this afternoon's match at Deacy Park, the Irish then face England's Under-21s at St. George's Park on Friday June 5th.

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