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U15 Girls Lose Out In Opener

Northern Ireland 1-3 Republic of Ireland 

Northern Ireland U15 girls team narrowly lost in their first game of the Bob Docherty cup against Republic of Ireland. NI started brightly getting forward in the very early stages of what proved to be a competitive battle of two neighbouring teams. ROI soon came into their own in the middle of the first half when they capitalised on a defensive error to score the first goal of the game. They then doubled their lead minutes later with a controversial goal and then went on to dominate the remaining 10 minutes of the first half. NI came out fighting in the second half determined to get back in the game and got their rewards half way through the second half with a well worked free kicked converted by Megan Bell. The goal gives NI lots of belief as they push for the equaliser. With Ni’s numbers pushed forward they were caught by an ROI counter attack conceding a third goal with almost the last kick of the game. Final score ROI 3 – 1 NI.

 

Double Header for Under 15 Team

 Double Header for Under 15 Team

 The Northern Ireland Under 15 team is expecting a stern test in their contests against Belgium next week.  The teams meet at Queens Malone Playing Fields on Tuesday 5 April, kick off 4.00pm, while Knockbreda is the venue for the second encounter two days later, also with a 4.00pm start.

 Under 15 Manager Darren Murphy is relishing the prospect of taking on Belgium.  "The boys have been working very well throughout the season with training sessions every week. However, it will be a real test of their ability to play against the country which is currently top of the world rankings".

 Murphy has named a squad of 20 for the two games and for most of the players this will be their first taste of international football.  However, five players were called up for the Under 16 internationals against Norway four months ago and their experience will be invaluable against a top Belgian team.

 The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend these games.  Any group wishing to gain free entrance should send their details by email to Edwin Ferris, NISFA Treasurer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain a group permit.

 

 

Paul McLaughlin

Goalkeeper

CBS Glen Road

Scott Pengelly

Goalkeeper

Grosvenor Grammar School

Mal Smith

Defender

Lagan College, Belfast

Ethan Warnock

Defender

Ashfield Boys High

Jamie Glover

Defender

Ashfield Boys High

Barney McKeown

Defender

St Colman’s College

Sam McClelland

Defender

Limavady Grammar

Daniel Smith

Defender

Lagan College, Belfast

Jack Conlon

Defender

St Ronan’s College

Christopher Conn

Midfielder

St Mary’s Grammar

Ethan Galbraith

Midfielder

Glengormley High

George Curran

Midfielder

Royal School Dungannon

Jordan McEneff

Midfielder

St Columbs College

Jake Corbett

Midfielder

Dromore High School

Paul McAdorey

Midfielder

St Patrick's College

Conor Farrelly

Forward

Corpus Christi

Ben Wilson

Forward

St Columbs College

Coalon McLaughlin

Forward

St Joseph’s Secondary

Callum Ferris

Forward

Lurgan junior high

Kian McGarvey

Forward

St Columbs College

NI U18 lose out to late penalty

Northern Ireland 1-2 England

Nathaniel Ferris (77)                                                  Jos Thomas (70), Zak Lilley (Pen 82)

 

The second of the INSPIRESPORT CENTENARY SHIELD fixtures took place on Friday evening in Comber FC with the English snatching a late winner from the penalty spot as Northern Ireland suffered their first defeat of the campaign.

 

Conor Marlin & Frank Wilson’s side enjoyed a point apiece last week in Glasgow in the opening game of the 2016 series. Substitute Salou Jallow opened the scoring for the visitors on the hour mark but this was cancelled out five minutes later with a delightful header from Hamilton Grammar student John Cunningham. Jallow thought he bagged the match winner in the dying minutes of the game but his goal was ruled off side.

 

Matthew Shelvin, David Parkhouse and Karl Hamill were absent from the England encounter yesterday which meant a late call up for Timmy Browne (Regent House).

 

The England side took the lead courtesy of a well-placed header from Jos Thomas 25 minutes into the second period after an excellent save by Jack Ferguson.

 

The Northern Ireland managers made a few tactically changes once they conceded which saw the introduction of Nathaniel Ferris. The young Portadown College student had an immediate impact on proceedings as he found the equaliser on 77 minutes.

 

Both sides carved out some real chances but goalkeepers Ferguson and Wycherley were razor sharp between the posts.

 

The winner came 8 minutes from time as England’s Zak Liffey converted from the spot to ensure a full three points for England. 

 

Northern Ireland will pick themselves up from their recent disappointment as they meet the Republic of Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day in Arklow Town FC for their penultimate game in the crusade.  They will finish their Shield outing with a home game against the Welsh on April 15.

 

NORTHERN IRELAND: Ferguson, Kerr, Wilson (C), McCracken, Marron, Nimick, Young, Anderson, McCaw, Henry, Jallow,

UBS: Kane,Toland, Neale, Cafolla, Connery, Ferris, Browne

MANAGEMENT: Conor Marlin, Frank Wilson (Joint Managers), Brian Donaghey (GK Coach)

 

ENGLAND: Wycherley, O’Malley, Orisatoki, Cook, Wisson, Mouanda (C), Shonibare, Breen, Smith, Bradshaw, Lilly

SUBS: Thomas, O’Halloran, Lawrence, Lamb, Hartshorne, Woodward, Grange

MANAGEMENT: Andy Blight (Manager), Ben Lavelle (Assistant Manager)

 

 

REFEREE: Shane Andrews

Under 18 squad named for International in Glasgow

Under 18 Squad named for international in Glasgow

Northern Ireland Under 18 Managers Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson have made two changes to their squad for the Inspiresport Centenary Shield international against Scotland in Glasgow on Friday night, kick off 7.00 pm.  Matthew Shevlin and Michael Kerr replace David Parkhouse and Salou Jallow in the squad which defeated Guernsey and Jersey earlier this month.

Parkhouse misses out through injury and his absence will be a blow to the hopes of regaining the Centenary Shield.  The tall striker was in superb form in the Channel Islands notching a hat trick against Jersey and a brace against Guernsey.  Fortunately, Shevlin is a more than adequate replacement having been capped at Under 17 level this season and appearing regularly for Ballymena United in the Danske Bank Premiership.  Kerr missed the trip to the Channel Islands through injury but he also has international experience having been capped at Under 16 level two years ago.

Joint Northern Ireland manager Frankie Wilson shared his views on the upcoming fixture: “Losing Parkhouse is a setback to our Centenary Shield challenge as I am confident that his partnership with Shevlin would produce goals.  Nathaniel Ferris did very well with a hat trick in Jersey and I hope that he will continue in similar form against the Scots and team up well with Shevlin."

Fellow joint Northern Ireland Manager Conor Marlin commented on his squad’s start to the competition and stated: “Our record against Scotland is excellent at home but in the away fixtures we have dropped points in drawn games that we should have won.  It is essential we collect all three points on Friday night which would set us up for the forthcoming matches against England and the Republic of Ireland.  However, the Centenary Shield is always a very close competition with very little between the teams."

Following the game against Scotland the Northern Ireland team takes on England at Comber on Friday 4 March, kick off 4.00 pm, before travelling to Arklow to play the Republic of Ireland on St Patrick's Day.

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the home game against England at Comber.  Any group wishing to gain free entrance should send their details by email to Edwin Ferris, NISFA Treasurer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain a group permit.

 

 

Northern Ireland Under 18 Squad

 

 

Reece Kane

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Ronan Wilson

ST JOSEPH’S DERRY

Adam McCracken

BALLYCLARE HIGH

Caolan Marron

ST PAUL’S BESSBROOK

Karl Hamill

BANGOR ACADEMY

Ryan Nimick

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Ronan Young

ST PIUS X COLLEGE MAGHERAFELT

Lloyd Anderson

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

David Parkhouse

ST JOSEPH’S DERRY

Jonathan McCaw

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Salou Jallow

ASHFIELD

Patrick Cafolla

OUR LADY & ST PATRICK’S KNOCK

Matthew Henry

LARNE GRAMMAR

Sean Toland

NWRC

Reece Neale

SOUTH EAST REGIONAL COLLEGE

Joshua Connery

OUR LADY & ST PATRICK’S KNOCK

Nathaniel Ferris

PORTADOWN COLLEGE

Jack Ferguson

LARNE HIGH SCHOOL

Michael Kerr

BALLYCLARE HIGH

Matthew Shevlin

BALLYMENA ACADEMY

NI Schoolboys defeat Jersey

The Northern Ireland Schools Under 18 team finished their short tour to the Channel Islands in style, retaining the Lynn Nicholson Trophy with a resounding 8-2 victory over Jersey at the Springfield Stadium.

 

Northern Ireland dominated from the start and should have gone ahead after 4 minutes when a free kick by Ronan Young deflected off the Jersey wall straight to David Parkhouse but the striker stabbed the ball past the post from 10 yards out.  Five minutes later Parkhouse made amends by running through the home defence and slotting the ball past the keeper.

 

On 37 minutes Parkhouse doubled the lead and on the stroke of half time the tall striker completed his hat trick by converting a penalty when Salow Jallow was brought down.

 

After the interval the home team opened brightly and Lorne Bickley was just off target with a low drive.  The Northern Ireland defence did not heed this warning and Bickley reduced the leeway when he rounded Reece Kane and slotted the ball home from an acute angle.  Bickley then failed to lob Kane when well placed.

 

With Man of the Match Ronan Young pulling the strings in midfield Northern Ireland regained control and on 58 minutes Young set up Matthew Henry to score from close range and soon afterwards Sean Toland added the fifth following good work by Young. 

 

Jersey added a second goal with a free kick by Shay Miley but substitute Nathaniel Ferris completed a quick hat trick in the last 10 minutes to underline Northern Ireland's superiority.

NI U18 defeat Guernsey

Northern Ireland 4-1 Guernsey 

 

Goalscorers - Nathaniel Ferris, David Parkhous x2 and Lloyd Anderson 

 

 

The Northern Ireland Schools Under 18 team began their short tour to the Channel Islands with a comprehensive 4-1 success against Guernsey at the Footes Lane Stadium.

 

The visitors opened brightly with Matthew Henry and Reece Neale hitting the woodwork in the first 20 minutes.  Against the run of play the home team took a shock lead after 22 minutes when Guernsey captain Charlie Laine fired an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.

 

Ryan Nimick and Patrick Cafolla were denied by good saves by the home keeper Sam Barrell.  On 38 minutes Northern Ireland drew level when Nathaniel Ferris finished off a flowing movement by side footing home a cross from Ronan Young.  However, 3 minutes later the tall striker missed a golden opportunity when shooting directly at Barrell from point blank range.

 

Northern Ireland started the second half with a series of attacks and David Parkhouse put the visitors ahead after good work on the left by Sean Toland.  Parkhouse then doubled the lead when put through by Lloyd Anderson and four minutes from the end Anderson completed the scoring, netting with a low drive from the edge of the box.

 

 

NI U18's start Centenary shield preparation

Northern Ireland U18 International team start their Centenary shield preparation with a visit to Jersey and Guernsey.  The schoolboy team will play Guernsey on Tuesday 2nd February and then Jersey on Thursday 4th February.  Co-managers Frankie Wilson and Conor Marlin have chosen a 18 man squad to travel for the two friendly games and feel that it is an essential period to bond the players before kicking off the centenary shield on Friday 26th February away to Scotland.

 The 18 man squad can be seen below:

Goalkeepers 
Jack Ferguson - Larne High 
Reece Kane - Belfast Met
 
Defenders
Adam McCracken - Ballyclare High
Josh Connery - Our Lady and St Patricks Knock
Caolan Marron - St Paul's High Bessbrook
Karl Hamill - Bangor Academy 
Reece Neale - South East Regional College
Ronan Wilson - St Joseph's Derry 
 
Midfielders 
Patrick Cafolla - Our Lady and St Patricks Knock 
Ronan Young - St Pius X College Magherafelt 
Jonny McGaw - Belfast Met 
Lloyd Anderson - Belfast Met 
Sean Toland - North West Regional College 
Ryan Nimich - Belfast Met 
Matt Henry - Larne Grammar 
 
Forwards 
David Parkhouse - St Joseph's Derry 
Matthew Shelvin - Ballymena Academy 
Curtis Crawford - Larne Grammar 

 

 

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U16's beaten at Solitude

Northern Ireland Under 16’s conceded twice in eight second half minutes as they went down 2-1 against Norway.

Josh Tipping’s first half goal wasn’t enough as efforts from Erik Botheim and Ali Anas Farah sealed the win for the visitors.

The game started slowly at Solitude with the opening 20 minutes giving a half chance to Norway’s Kevin Krygaard but he couldn’t take advantage as his effort bobbled wide.

Then after 28 minutes, Northern Ireland took the lead with a hint of controversy. Alex McIIlmail’s effort was parried by keeper Lars Kvarekvaal but Josh Tipping was on hand to put the ball into the back of the net. Norway protested claiming the keeper had the ball back under his control but the goal stood.

The hosts should of then double their lead before half time as Tipping’s shot was blocked and fell to Andrew Scott but he couldn’t sort out his feet quick enough and could only shoot wide from 8 yards.

Norway came out strong and got back into the game after 61 minutes. Substitute Erik Botheim curled a beautiful effort into the top corner which Northern Ireland keeper Rory Brown could go nothing about.

Just eight minutes later, the turnaround was complete. Ali Anas Farah turned his defender inside and out and got a shot away across keeper Brown to put Norway 2-1 up.

Rory Brown then kept it at 2-1 as he produced a brilliant low stop to keep out Evjen from eight yards.

After their 4-4 draw on Tuesday, Northern Ireland will feel hard done by to come away from their two friendlies against Norway without a win.

NI U16’s: Rory Brown, Keith Kearney, Barney McKeown, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson ©, Harry Robinson, Tom Mathieson, Adam McAleenan, Andrew Scott, Alex McIImail, Josh Tipping. Subs Used: Leo Brown, Jordan McEneff, Jack Chambers, Caolan Boyd, Aaron Donnelly

NOR U16’s: Kvarekvaal, Rimestad, Uran, Sandberg, Rosler ©, Ugland, Stenevik, Krygaard, Haland, Larsen, Hansen. Subs Used: Evjen, Hove, Daland. Farah, Botheim

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