EURO 2016: Wales v Northern Ireland


GT at 2016-06-25 19:05:59

Thanks again everyone…your tweets and messages have been first class again.

Catch up again very soon…

Enjoy our continued coverage of EURO 2016.

GT at 2016-06-25 19:04:56

As the Welsh look forward to seeing if they face Belgium of Hungary in the quarter finals, stay with us here at YATR for more coverage of EURO 2016.

Next up is tomorrow’s eagerly awaited clash France v Republic of Ireland, followed by England v Iceland on Monday.

Keep an eye on our website to see a comprehensive list of upcoming Refcam games as coverage is regularly updated.

Whilst there you will find loads of interesting and thought-provoking articles from massive names within the world of football including Neil Warnock’s view on how the EURO 2016 referees have done so far.

The ever-popular Refshow continues with its weekly review of all refereeing matters, whilst Hackett’s blog sees the former PGMO referees’ supremo offer fascinating thoughts on grappling and holding by players.

There are also details of the upcoming YOUDAN TROPHY tournament which is quickly establishing itself as the tournament to win for 32 of the best sides from around the world.

With so much educational content it is clear why YATR is the place for all officials to be.

Keep it here, keep it you-are-the-ref

GT at 2016-06-25 19:03:27

Huge thanks again to everyone who contributed comments and opinion as the game went on.

I love getting your tweets, even if we don’t always agree, so keep them coming.

GT at 2016-06-25 19:02:06

In summary:

  • Atko refereed the game well, in exactly the style it deserved
  • he move around more freely, and looks to have shaken off his calf injury
  • he was well supported by Steve Child and Mike Mullarkey – who correctly chalked-off an offside goal in the first half
  • well done to the entire team….you all performed very well and deserve to stay on in the tournament

GT at 2016-06-25 18:59:54

As for our referees…

I am not going to pick over the tiny errors – they happen.

Atko and his team had a very good game indeed.

UEFA made a smart move in appointing an English referee for a game involving two sides from the home nations, and it paid off.

Atko had a good game, and so did his assistants…and that is all I need to say.

Picking over small fouls missed, or throw-ins given the wrong way would be churlish, and that is not why YATR is here.

The refereeing team did not affect the outcome of this very important game, and they should take pride in that.

Well done, chaps.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:56:12

There will be singing in the valleys tonight as Wales continue their incredible journey through this tournament.

Yes, this wasn’t the greatest game of EURO 2016, but it provided plenty of action in the second half.

Many congratulations to the Welsh, of course, for their victory but let us not overlook the efforts of Northern Ireland.

Many peoples’ favourites to go home after the Group stages, they defied all the odds, and it took an own goal to beat them in the end.

Irish eyes will, after the disappointment of the result fades, still be smiling.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:52:16

And that is our lot…what a game we had in the end….full of drama in the second half.

But it is Wales who go through to the quarter finals of EURO 2016.

Full Time

93 minutes

GT at 2016-06-25 18:51:01

Ramsey gets a caution for a pull on his opponent, followed by kicking the ball away.

Well done, Atko. Correct decision.

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-06-25 18:49:14

Just 2 more minutes to go…

GT at 2016-06-25 18:48:24

Corry Evans (NI 13) is lucky not to see yellow for breaking up that promising attack, with a cynical trip on his Welsh opponent.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:47:08

The Irish are throwing everything at Wales as they search the equaliser.

The 90 minutes are up…4 added to go on.

Hold on tightly, this could get interesting!

GT at 2016-06-25 18:45:12

@DRS_Engineering doesn’t like the decision to pull back play for the clash between the two Williams’.

He feels it was time wasting, and should not have been stopped as there was no head injury.

My view would be that Atko did not know that at the time, and he correctly adjudged it to have been a very heavy collision, and erred on the side of player safety.

It’s all about opinions, though, Darren.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:42:40

Just 5 minutes of regular time to play…

GT at 2016-06-25 18:42:02

NI roll the dice again, changing Oliver Norwood who is replaced by McGinn.

Quickly followed by their final substitution, the unfortunate McAuley makes way for Magennis

GT at 2016-06-25 18:39:02

The Irish are infuriated by Atko’s decision to bring back play, but it is entirely sensible as two Welsh players, Ashley and Jonny Williams clatter into each other.

Player safety ALWAYS comes first.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:37:42

Good sport by Atko for a foul in favour of NI….pushing in a crowded penalty area.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:35:40

Amidst all of the excitement and action, a second caution goes to the Irish…Steve Davis sees yellow for a foul challenge on Bale

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-06-25 18:33:07

…and it is the most cruel of blows as a superb cross from Bale sees NI’s Gareth McAuley turn the ball into his own goal.

Game on!…

GT at 2016-06-25 18:31:47


GT at 2016-06-25 18:31:16

Gayle @bmb_afcb has gone early with a prediction of a win for the Irish on penalties.

Come on you Welsh followers…you aren’t going to let that one go unchallenged, surely?

GT at 2016-06-25 18:29:26

Atko covers the ground he can as NI break quickly.

It was enough as he correctly awarded nothing following Lafferty’s fall in the penalty area.

Fabulous tackle from the Welsh defender, well seen by Atko.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:27:58

20 minutes of the regular 90 to go…

69 minutes

GT at 2016-06-25 18:27:14

NI make a substitution, Conor Washington comes on for former Spireite Jamie Ward (apologies for the Chesterfield reference, but I couldn’t help myself!)

GT at 2016-06-25 18:25:40

Good positioning from Atko allows him to see Williams tumble over his own feet in the penalty area, quickly followed by another foul on Bale….this time by Steven Davis.

Is there team-fouling taking place on the Welsh captain, or just a short-term flurry of them on him?

GT at 2016-06-25 18:21:09

Is a goal coming?

Who will make it to the quarters?

Let us know by sending in your views and comments by tweeting us @youaretheref

61 minutes

GT at 2016-06-25 18:19:48

Second change of the game.

Wales make another substitution, as Joe Ledley (16) makes way for Jonathan Williams (20)

58 minutes

GT at 2016-06-25 18:17:59

Neil Taylor (3) receives a caution for a foul on Jamie Ward.

This has picked up now…we have a game on our hands at last!

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-06-25 18:14:39

Norwood gives Bale the opportunity to win a foul in a dangerous position….which the Wales man does with aplomb

GT at 2016-06-25 18:13:35

Good, honest challenge at the halfway line between two players committed to winning the ball.

Atko sees it that way too, and correctly only gives a throw-in

55 minutes

GT at 2016-06-25 18:11:10

Wales make the first change of personnel in the game with Hal Robson-Kanu (number 9) taking over from Sam Vokes (18)

GT at 2016-06-25 18:06:31

Stuart Dallas is walking on very thin ice indeed, as he fouls his opponent who was making a promising attack.

If the NI man had not already been cautioned, I think he would have seen yellow for that one.

Dallas may have to be subbed before he gets sent off…

GT at 2016-06-25 18:04:39

Atko reminds Kyle Lafferty the slate is not wiped clean at half time, as the NI makes his presence known again!

Well done again, Atko.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:03:42

9 seconds in, and we see the value of an English referee taking charge of a game involving two home nations…

A tackle is made by two players, each with their tackling foot at knee-height.

No harm done, no foul given….well done Atko.

Let them get on with it.

GT at 2016-06-25 18:01:43

Let’s hope for better fayre from the two sides in this second half.

I get the feeling if one side is willing to try and win this, rather than make sure they don’t lose it, the game is there for the taking.

What do our Refcam followers think?

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Here we go, and it’s Northern Ireland who get us under way…

GT at 2016-06-25 17:53:53

I think I’ll wait for your contributions before putting in a lengthy half-time summary in future, as Simon Jackson summed it up perfectly and succinctly…


@youaretheref @no1lino game needs something to liven it up. Hopefully won’t be the referee!

GT at 2016-06-25 17:51:44

With half-time upon us it is a good time to review the game, and performance of our referees so far:

With only four shots all game, of which just two were on target (both for NI) the game has offered little so far in terms of excitement.

Plenty of endeavour from both sides, but little in the way of chances created.

Atko and his team have done well…

He has moved much better in that opening 45 minutes than he did in his opening game of the tournament, so the hope is that his calf injury is behind him now. One for us to keep an eye on as fatigue sets in during the second half.

His assistants have done well…Mike Mullarkey had the game’s only ‘big’ call. Yes, it was a routine offside decision and not a tight one, but credit where it’s due…he got it right.

Keep it going in the second half lads…you are the better of the three teams out there so far.



GT at 2016-06-25 17:46:45

And that is the final action of a fairly ‘turgid’ half…

Half Time

44 minutes

GT at 2016-06-25 17:46:06

And indeed here is the first caution…

Stuart Dallas makes a silly challenge on the halfway line of Gareth Bale.

Thankfully, his studs do not catch the Welsh talisman, but Atko is correct to show a caution to the NI number 14.

that is Dallas out of the quarter final tie if NI go through.

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-06-25 17:44:00

Joe Allen is floored by Norwood…luckily for the NI man, Allen got straight back to his feet.

Any rolling around may have convinced Atko to pull out his first card of the game there.

Well done, Joe Allen…

GT at 2016-06-25 17:40:48

Five minutes of the opening 45 to go…

GT at 2016-06-25 17:40:12

My reply would be to your point about the goal line Gayle…there is goal line technology in place so they should concentrate on the areas where the referee has no assistance. Too many times clear holding/pulling/pushing offences in the penalty area go unpunished, and it is clear from the camera shots that the additional assistants are ideally placed to help.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:36:57

Soft foul given by Atko as he penalises Joe Allen.

No foul for me, Allen had every right to defend his space, and he was in possession of the ball.

First poor call of the half…no real harm done,thankfully.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:34:30

One of our regular contributors @bmb_afcb disagrees on my opinion of the assistants behind the goal. Gayle thinks they are a good thing.

What do other Refcam followers think?

Let us know by sending in your views and comments by tweeting us @youaretheref

GT at 2016-06-25 17:30:46

30  minutes gone, and the game is rather nervy.

We need a goal to make it open-up.

Plenty of endeavour from the players, especially around the midfield area but no one seems willing to try and win it rather than being sure not to lose it.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:28:26

Lafferty puts another naughty one in…this time on Ashley Williams.

He needs to be careful now as he is coming to Atko’s attention too often.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:25:41

Good question from @harrieett28.

Honestly…none whatsoever, and from what I’ve seen since the experiment has become more widely used, they haven’t offered much help to anyone!

I wonder how much longer it will carry on, and whether technology will eventually take over.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:23:02

Good call by Atko as Ramsey goes looking for a free kick at Evans’ expense.

No free kick for me, and Atko agreed.

19 minutes

GT at 2016-06-25 17:20:49

Good spot by Mullarkey again, as he correctly calls offside against Ramsey (Wales) and chalks-off the ‘goal’ scored.

Mike looks like he’s on his game today.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:19:31

Lafferty (NI) gives Joe Ledley a reminder that he can mix it if that’s the way Wales want it!

Good free kick spot

GT at 2016-06-25 17:18:10

Very good support from assistant Mullarkey.

Late challenge by NI, well spotted by Mike who gave Atko the call and a free kick correctly followed.

Good team work.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:16:18

Good to see Atko letting players make contact with each other, yet not blowing for fouls.

Exactly why an English referee was handed this tie…this is a contact sport, so let them get on with it.

Well done, referee.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:14:00

Slight hesitancy in the flag from Steve Child for a fairly routine throw-in decision.

Hopefully, just slightly unsighted, and not a sign of nerves…they should have been left behind in the tunnel.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:10:23

Early movement around the field of play looks good from Atko.

Although he began this way in his eralier games, and faded as they wore on…one for Refcam followers to keep an eye on

GT at 2016-06-25 17:07:23

Ashley Williams gives Jamie Ward and early reminder of the kind of afternoon he can expect.

Free kick correctly awarded to NI

GT at 2016-06-25 17:04:42

This should suit Atko and his team, as most of the players will be familiar to him, and the styles should be similar to that he sees each week back home.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:03:15

A minute in, and it looks like the game we all it’s going to be.

Plenty of passion.

Loads of commitment.

Nothing held back in the challenges.

And a referee willing to let the teams get on with it.

GT at 2016-06-25 17:00:57

Wales take the kick-off…we are under way

GT at 2016-06-25 16:55:43

The teams are out and it is almost time for kick-off in Paris…

GT at 2016-06-25 16:49:32

In one of the most sensible decisions ever made, UEFA has appointed a fellow home countries’ referee to oversee this fixture.

‘Horses-for-courses’ is the order of the day as Martin Atkinson takes control of this one.

This will be Atko’s third outing the Championships, having refereed the Group C game between Germany and Ukraine on 12th June followed by Hungary v Portugal three days ago.

Whilst there were some positive aspects to Atko’s performances in both games, he will be disappointed at the opening goal when he wrongly awarded a free-kick to the Germans which led directly to them opening the scoring.

YATR followers will be interested to see if his movement is any better too this evening, as he has appeared rather laboured, possibly as a result of a recent calf injury.

Atko’s assistants performed well in both games though, and the duo of Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child will be looking for similar, or even improved, displays today.

Michael Oliver and Craig Pawson are the additional assistant referees again for this encounter, with the German duo of Felix Brych and Mark Borsch making up the team as fourth and reserve officials.

Everyone at YATR wants the home nations’ referees to do well in this tournament, so it goes without saying that we hope the ball runs kindly for you gents…

Remember, you can join in the commentary by sending in your views and comments by tweeting us @youaretheref

GT at 2016-06-25 16:41:57

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us again for another live Refcam commentary as our coverage of EURO 2016 continues.

We bring for you an intriguing game from the Round of 16 between Wales and Northern Ireland, which is being played in the Parc des Princes, Paris.

This one will decide who the second side to make it through to the quarter-finals will be, following Poland’s exciting penalty shoot-out victory over Switzerland earlier today.

Both sides have produced their own surprises in EURO 2016.

Wales took top-spot in Group B whilst their opponents today defied all the odds in qualifying from the toughest of all groups which included German, Poland and Ukraine.

This being the first appearance at a EURO Finals for the Irish, there is no head-to-head history in the competition.

The two sides did, however, meet in March this year in friendly match played in Cardiff which ended 1-1.

Welsh supporters will, understandably, point to a number of their top players’ absence in that game, and indeed any side would miss players with the quality of Gareth Bale.

However, the Irish line up today will also look different, so we should not draw too many conclusions from their most recent clash.

The most pleasing statistic for all fans of the home countries has to be the guarantee that one is guaranteed to be in the quarter finals.

But who will it be?

Which way will this one go?

Why not get involved by sending us your predictions and comments on the teams and officials by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

This should be a cracker and one not to be missed, so stay with us and enjoy the game.