Republic of Ireland will come up against Northern Ireland in an international friendly in November 2018, it has been confirmed.
The IFA announced on Friday afternoon that the Green and White Army will be travelling to the Aviva to face the Boys in Green on Thursday, November 15th.
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) February 5, 2018
While Martin O’Neill’s side will be in UEFA Nations League action from September to November, the friendly is scheduled to take place when Ireland have a free slot, i.e. the same match night that Denmark and Wales, the other two teams in Ireland’s group will be facing each other.
Therefore, the Boys in Green will face Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland four days before their final Nations League fixture, away to Denmark on November 19th.
It will be the first time that the two teams from the island will have played each other since the Carling Nations Cup clash in 2011, in which Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland enjoyed a comprehensive 5-0 victory.
Indeed, it will be just the second time that the Republic of Ireland will have faced Northern Ireland this century, with the previous encounter to the one above coming way back in 1999.
The FAI and IFA will confirm ticket details in due course.