Davis's Northern Ireland frustrate Ronaldo's Portugal

STEVE DAVIS

STEVE DAVIS

First published in Sport

SAINTS midfielder Steven Davis came agonisingly close to captaining Northern Ireland to a famous World Cup win in Portugal last night.

But the Irish still managed to ruin Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100th international appearance, securing a magnificent 1-1 draw in Porto.

For most of the night they threatened to leave with all three points.

The visitors took a shock 30th-minute lead through Niall McGinn and held it until the 79th minute, when Helder Postiga finally broke Irish hearts following Nani’s pass.

Davis nearly netted a spectacular own goal as the Portugese dominated the second half, slicing an attempted clearance just over Roy Carroll’s crossbar.

But for the most part he was excellent, leading his side's heroic resistance after McGinn’s excellent finish from a sublime Kyle Lafferty pass had stunned the Portugese.

Portugal’s dominance was eventually rewarded with Postiga’s equaliser, but the Irish were understandably delighted with a point

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12:06am Wed 17 Oct 12

saintshorse101 says...

well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances.
i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need.
COYR`s
3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while.
well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances. i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need. COYR`s 3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while. saintshorse101
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7:29am Wed 17 Oct 12

Southampton boy says...

saintshorse101 wrote:
well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances.
i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need.
COYR`s
3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while.
Don't see how by having more overseas players this will increase our sell as you can only get saints shrits from saints!!! a missed opertunity if you ask me you should be able to buy a shrit from all good stores!!!
With are diffencive record I was a little bit but back to see are deffinders being picked??
Could not understand that still may be thats why I am not a manager come on Saints win for this weekend would be good COYR's
[quote][p][bold]saintshorse101[/bold] wrote: well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances. i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need. COYR`s 3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while.[/p][/quote]Don't see how by having more overseas players this will increase our sell as you can only get saints shrits from saints!!! a missed opertunity if you ask me you should be able to buy a shrit from all good stores!!! With are diffencive record I was a little bit but back to see are deffinders being picked?? Could not understand that still may be thats why I am not a manager come on Saints win for this weekend would be good COYR's Southampton boy
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8:12am Wed 17 Oct 12

SaintAsh1964 says...

Southampton boy wrote:
saintshorse101 wrote:
well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances.
i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need.
COYR`s
3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while.
Don't see how by having more overseas players this will increase our sell as you can only get saints shrits from saints!!! a missed opertunity if you ask me you should be able to buy a shrit from all good stores!!!
With are diffencive record I was a little bit but back to see are deffinders being picked??
Could not understand that still may be thats why I am not a manager come on Saints win for this weekend would be good COYR's
Southampton boy you're using a computer, fans in other countries use computers, they buy on-line, more foreign players equals more foreign exposure, more shirt sales, more money for the club, non brainer really but after trying to read the rest of your post I understand now.
[quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintshorse101[/bold] wrote: well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances. i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need. COYR`s 3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while.[/p][/quote]Don't see how by having more overseas players this will increase our sell as you can only get saints shrits from saints!!! a missed opertunity if you ask me you should be able to buy a shrit from all good stores!!! With are diffencive record I was a little bit but back to see are deffinders being picked?? Could not understand that still may be thats why I am not a manager come on Saints win for this weekend would be good COYR's[/p][/quote]Southampton boy you're using a computer, fans in other countries use computers, they buy on-line, more foreign players equals more foreign exposure, more shirt sales, more money for the club, non brainer really but after trying to read the rest of your post I understand now. SaintAsh1964
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10:07am Wed 17 Oct 12

The Inbetweener says...

Southampton boy, I'm not sure you have been at SMS lately. Haven't you noticed the increased number of Japanese supporters at our games and this can only be as a result of the signings of Tadanari Lee and Yoshida. After the Man utd game there was at least 30 japanese fans waiting by the Ted Bates statue taking photos of everything that moved with their i-phones, i-pads and cameras. Alot of them were wearing scarfs and shirts so if everyone of them only purchased one item from the club shop that is increased revenue for the Club.
I appreciate Man utd had Kagawa playing but most of the fans there were supporting Saints.
Southampton boy, I'm not sure you have been at SMS lately. Haven't you noticed the increased number of Japanese supporters at our games and this can only be as a result of the signings of Tadanari Lee and Yoshida. After the Man utd game there was at least 30 japanese fans waiting by the Ted Bates statue taking photos of everything that moved with their i-phones, i-pads and cameras. Alot of them were wearing scarfs and shirts so if everyone of them only purchased one item from the club shop that is increased revenue for the Club. I appreciate Man utd had Kagawa playing but most of the fans there were supporting Saints. The Inbetweener
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1:15pm Wed 17 Oct 12

St Retford says...

The shirt sale thing works both ways, to be fair. I've just ordered a Zambia tracky top on account of Emmanuel Mayuka. It looks AMAZING.
The shirt sale thing works both ways, to be fair. I've just ordered a Zambia tracky top on account of Emmanuel Mayuka. It looks AMAZING. St Retford
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3:43pm Wed 17 Oct 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

Hearty congrats to STEVE DAVIS.3RD ranked portugal held at home by the 119th ranked minnows of N.IRELAND.just shows that a bit of blood,sweat and tears and massive amounts of guts and efforts will get any team a result.lets hope SAINTS will get at least at the weekend.
Hearty congrats to STEVE DAVIS.3RD ranked portugal held at home by the 119th ranked minnows of N.IRELAND.just shows that a bit of blood,sweat and tears and massive amounts of guts and efforts will get any team a result.lets hope SAINTS will get at least at the weekend. CB FRY LIVES
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7:16pm Wed 17 Oct 12

SaintMax says...

Excellent result for Steve, he needs to be our captain too, free up Adam.
Excellent result for Steve, he needs to be our captain too, free up Adam. SaintMax
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9:07pm Wed 17 Oct 12

holburyhalo says...

Well said CB.Fry with a little bit of luck we can pull off a good few fighting results like N.Ireland,and prove that we should be sat at the big table.
Well said CB.Fry with a little bit of luck we can pull off a good few fighting results like N.Ireland,and prove that we should be sat at the big table. holburyhalo
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1:02am Thu 18 Oct 12

oregonsaint says...

saintshorse101 wrote:
well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances.
i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need.
COYR`s
3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while.
Nice comment. Nuff said.
[quote][p][bold]saintshorse101[/bold] wrote: well done davis and all saints in action tonight, the more internationals we have in our squad the better. having players from zambia, japan and uruguay can only increase our foreign fan base. the more shirts sold abroad can only be good for the clubs finances. i wont make cheap jibes at our defenders who played today, as some have. they, as with all of our team, require our full support whilst we are not getting the results we need. COYR`s 3pts against big face sams long ball wonders, and the moaners (you know who you are!)will have to shut up for a while.[/p][/quote]Nice comment. Nuff said. oregonsaint
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