8,000 people gathered on Saturday at Cliftonville Grounds, Belfast, to
witness the annual encounter between the Rose and the Shamrock. The
weather was discouraging, frequent showers of hail and rain falling
previous to the kick-off. The ground was rather soft, and falls were
frequent, the players finding it difficult to keep their feet on the
before the end of the first half Devey was enabled to score England's
first goal, Scott having left his charge in the meantime. About this
time Holmes got hurt, and had to retire...
and Reynolds gave the visitors' left wing an opportunity which they were
not slow to avail themselves of, and as a result of a magnificent run by
Hodgetts and Spikesley the latter was given an opportunity of scoring,
and he promptly beat Scott by a long oblique shot, making England's
score two goals to nil...
minutes from time remarkably good play by Milne gave Dalton an
opportunity of getting away, and the latter eluding Crabtree and Howarth
had no difficulty in getting in his centre, from which Stanfield scored
Ireland's first goal...
close on time Gibson beat Reader and equalised amidst tremendous
cheering. There was some doubt about this goal, but the referee promptly
decided in favour of the Irishmen, although the visitors claimed it had
never passed through...
first half was undoubtedly in favour of the Englishmen, whose combined
play was a feature of the match, but in the second half the Irish team
played an irresistible game.
- The Manchester Guardian - Monday 5th March, 1894
Although it was the first time Ireland had avoided defeat
against England.... England did play seventy minutes with only ten
men, and Ireland's equaliser did not pass between the posts, the
equivalent to the side-netting.