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Northern Ireland U18 Schoolboy trials

The Northern Ireland U18 Schoolboys begin their preparation for their 2017 Centenary shield season with trial games across the country.  Northern Ireland under 18 international team manager Frankie Wilson “the trial process is key to the selection of the team, we would like to give as many young players as possible the chance to showcase their talent for a chance to play for their country”. The under 18 management team are now looking for recommendations from clubs and schools to send through their best 5/6 players to take part in the trial process. It is important to state that there is an extremely high level deemed international standard should to considered to attend trials.

 The trials will be as follows:

North West Trial – Vale Centre - Sunday 16th October at 10.15am.

South Down and Armagh Trial – Camlough FC – Sunday 23rd October at 10.15am

Tyrone and Fermanagh Trial – Institute FC – Tuesday 8th November at 7.30pm

Antrim and North Down – Queens DUB – Sunday 13th November at 10.15am

Players must be at the 1999 and 2000 age groups (players must be born ON OR AFTER 1 JANUARY 1999).

Please send the following information to Bob Ramsey, NISFA under 18 International Team Secretary, ASAP.

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16's draw second game in Slovakia

Slovakia v Northern Ireland – U16 Schoolboys

Thursday 8th September 2016 – TNC Stadium Senec, 11.00 am

Match Report

Northern Ireland Under 16s draw second game in Slovakia

The Northern Ireland U16 team maintained its unbeaten record for the season with another creditable 1-1 draw in their international challenge match against Slovakia in Senec.  The opening period was evenly contested and the first chance fell to Callum Ferris after 17 minutes but the striker failed to connect with a great pass from Dean Corrigan and the Slovak keeper was quickly off his line to avert the danger.

Shortly afterwards Ferris did test the keeper with a shot into the top corner which was well held.  Slovakia then missed a great chance to break the deadlock but Michal Dopater shot straight at Scott Pengelly with only the keeper to beat.

Two minutes after the restart Dominik Bindics opened the scoring, running onto a pass from Patrik Myslovic to beat Pengelly with a low drive into the corner of the net.

The lead proved to be short lived as Jordan McEneff equalised with a brilliant goal 5 minutes later.  The Northern Ireland captain won the ball in midfield and advanced 10 yards before planting a left foot strike into the roof of the net.

Northern Ireland went close to gaining a victory in the closing stages but Barney McKeown headed against a defender when well placed and Lee O'Brien saw his 25 yard piledriver deflected past the post.

The Under 16 team will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run when they face Finland at Comber on Monday 12 September, kick off 6.00 pm, and again at Knockbreda on Wednesday, kick off 11.00 am.

 

FULL-TIME: Slovakia 1-1 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Team

Scott Pengelly, Jake Corbett, Barney McKeown, Jack Conlon, Jordan McEneff (c), Callum Ferris, Lee O'Brien, Paul McAdorey, Sean og Gallagher, Dean Corrigan, Jack Scott

Substitutes:

George Curran replaced O'Brien 47 minutes

Lee Upton replaced Gallagher 47 minutes

Christopher Conn replaced Scott 58 minutes

Tyler Marsden replaced McKeown 58 minutes

O'Brien replaced McEneff 76 minutes

 

 

Under 16's draw opening game in Slovakia

Slovakia v Northern Ireland – U16 Schoolboys

Tuesday 6th September 2016 – Velky Biel Stadium Senec, 5.00 pm

Match Report

Northern Ireland Under 16s draw opening game in Slovakia

The Northern Ireland U16 team fought back well to earn a creditable 1-1 draw in their international challenge match against Slovakia in Senec.  However, it looked to be a different story at the start as Lukas Letenay put the home team ahead after 1 minute and 40 seconds with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.

Despite this early reverse Northern Ireland responded well with Jordan McEneff and Tyler Marsden showing fine form in midfield.  Lee O'Brien sent a deep cross to McEneff but his volley from 25 yards was tipped over the bar by the home keeper.

On the half hour Ivan Mesik missed a great chance to double the lead but shot straight at Paul McLaughlin from close range

After the interval Slovakia forced the pace and McLaughlin was in constant action, pulling off a series of good saves.  However, Northern Ireland was always very dangerous on the breakaway and drew level after 69 minutes when Jake Corbett made a great run down the right and pulled the ball back to Jack Scott.  The young striker found Callum Ferris who steadied himself before shooting low into the corner of the net.

The duo almost carved out the winner in the final minute as Scott again delivered a great pass to Ferris at the far post but this time his effort went just outside the upright.

The teams will meet again at the same venue on Thursday.

 

FULL-TIME: Slovakia 1-1 Northern Ireland

 

Northern Ireland Team

Paul McLaughlin, Jake Corbett, Ethan Warnock, Barney McKeown, Jack Conlon, Tyler Marsden, Caolan McLaughlin, Jordan McEneff (c), Callum Ferris, Christopher Conn, Lee O'Brien

Substitutes:

Paul McAdorey replaced Marsden 52 minutes

Dean Corrigan replaced O'Brien 52 minutes

Jack Scott replaced Conn 52 minutes

George Curran replaced Caolan McLaughlin 62 minutes

Sean og Gallagher replaced McEneff 66 minutes

 

Lee Upton replaced Warnock 76 minutes

Northern Ireland U16’s start season in Estonia

Northern Ireland U16 squad have a busy international calendar in the run up to the Victory Shield at the end of October.  The squad fly out today for two internationals in Tallinn and then two weeks later have two games away to Slovakia.  The final preparation for the home nation’s tournament is home to Finland on the 12th and 14th September. Coach Darren Murphy has praised the Northern Ireland Schools Football Association for the upcoming games. Darren said “the more international experience the boys can the better, it’s fantastic for them to get to go away to big nations the likes of Slovakia before playing in the victory shield.  The Schools football association have done a great job organising the games which will give the players the best opportunity to impress and earn a place in the Victory Shield squad”.  

The Northern Ireland squad for the two international friendlies against Estonia is:

Conor Hitchen

Paul McLaughlin

Kian McGarvey

Jake Corbett

Callum Ferris

Daniel Smith

George Curran

Connor Farrelly

Paul McAdorey

Jordon McEneff

Barny McKeown

Caolan McLaughlin

Ruairi O’Hare

Jack Conlon

Mal Smith

Lee O’Brien

Ben Wilson

Jamie Glover 

Sean Og Gallagher

 

 

Austria prove stern test for NI U15

Northern Ireland v Austria

Northern Ireland 0 – 0 Austria

Queens DUB

6.30pm ko

The Northern Ireland U15 team faced another big test with two games against a strong Austrian side in preparation for the U16 Victory Shield in November. Manager Darren Murphy had only one absence from the squad ahead of the games with midfielder Jordan McEneff unavailable. The game was a very tight affair with both sides keeping good possession without any worthwhile efforts on target.  The match started to come alive in the second half with Conor Farrelly penetrating the Austrian defence on a number of occasions.  In the last 10 minutes of the game the match came alive with substitute Christopher Conn was found in the box however he could not get his shot on target.  The Austrian team responded and had their best chance when man of the Match Thierno Bello beat the Northern Ireland defence and shot only for the ball to come back off the post.  Northern Ireland had the better of the final stages of the match however couldn’t get the goal to win the game.

Northern Ireland team: Pengelly, McKeown, Conlon, Glover, D Smith, Warnock, Galbraith, Farrelly, Ferris, McAdorey, Wilson

Subs : McLaughlin, Conn, M Smith, McGarvey, Gallagher, Corbett, McClelland, P McLaughlin

 

Northern Ireland 1 - 2 Austria

Ferney Park, Ballinamallard FC

1pm ko

The two teams played the second game two days later in Ferney Park Ballinamallard, Northern Ireland made various changes to the starting 11 while Austria stuck with their same team.  This showed in the early part of the game with Austria controlling possession and creating some chances.  However the first meaningful chance of the game came to Northern Ireland when Christopher Conn was put through on the right hand side and only a great save from the Austrian keeper.  It was from a Northern Ireland corner that Austria took the lead, the Austrians cleared the corner and went on a counter attack which allowed Thierno Bello to run clear on goal and slot the ball past Paul McLaughlin.  Northern Ireland responded before half time when McLaughlin was played down the line by Barney McKeown, He turned and crossed for the onrushing Jake Corbett to head into the corner. At the start of the second half Northern Ireland were caught cold with Flavius Daniliuc breaking two tackles inside the box and blasting the ball home.  Northern Ireland pushed hard in the second half with Jordan McEneff coming off the bench and going close at the back post.  The home team pushed hard by lacked the quality in the final third to get the draw.

Northern Ireland Team : McLaughlin, McKeown, Warnock, McClellend, Conlon, Gallagher, Corbett, Galbraith, Farrelly, P McLaughlin, Conn.

 

Subs: Pengelly, Ferris, Glover, Smith, Wilson, McGarvey. 

 

Double Header for Under 15 Team

The Northern Ireland Under 15 team is expecting a stern test in their contests against Austria next week.  The teams meet at Queens Malone Playing Fields on Monday 6 June, kick off 6.30pm, while Ballinamallard is the venue for the second encounter two days later, with a 1.00pm start.

Under 15 Manager Darren Murphy is relishing the prospect of taking on Austria.  "The boys have been working very well throughout the season with training sessions every week. I was delighted with the performance against Belgium last month and the 3-1 victory shows that we can live with the best.  However, it will be a real test of their ability to play against Austria".

Murphy has named a squad of 23 for the two games, including all the players who got their first taste of international football against Belgium.  Striker Callum Ferris was on target twice against the Belgians and Murphy will be hoping that he can reproduce that form against Austria.

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 NISFA Treasurer Edwin Ferris 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

Daniel Smith

Defender

Lagan College

Mal Smith

Defender

Lagan College

Jack Conlon

Defender

St Ronan’s College

Sam McClelland

Defender

Limavady Grammar

Barney McKeown

Defender

St Colman’s Newry

Ethan Warnock

Defender

Ashfield Boys High School

Ruairi O’Hare

Defender

St Patrick's Grammar

Jamie Glover

Defender

Ashfield Boys High School

George Curran

Midfielder

Royal School Dungannon

Jordan McEneff

Midfielder

St Columb's College

Jake Corbett

Midfielder

Dromore High School

Ethan Galbraith

Midfielder

Glengormley High

Paul McAdorey

Midfielder

St Patrick's Belfast

Sean Og Gallagher

Midfielder

St Malachy's College

Christopher Conn

Midfielder

St Mary’s Grammar

Andy Whiteside

Midfielder

Coleraine Academy

Ben Wilson

Forward

St Columb's College

Connor Farrelly

Forward

Corpus Christi

Callum Ferris

Forward

Lurgan Junior High

Caolan McLaughlin

Forward

St Joseph’s College

Kian McGarvey

Forward

St Joseph's College

Under 18 Squad named for international against Wales

Under 18 Squad named for international against Wales

The Northern Ireland Schools Under 18 team takes on Wales at Comber on Thursday 14 April, kick off 4.30 pm, in their final game of the Inspiresport Centenary Shield competition.  The team has already drawn 1-1 against Scotland in Glasgow and last time out secured a scoreless draw against the Republic of Ireland in Arklow.  Unfortunately, a 2-1 defeat by England at Comber last month ended any hope of regaining the Centenary Shield.

England has already clinched the title thanks to 2-1 victories over Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and a 2-2 draw against the Republic of Ireland but Wales lie in second place after recording a 1-nil win away to Scotland.

Northern Ireland has a tremendous record against Wales having lost only twice, both times away from home.  The last defeat came in 2001 and since then in 10 meetings Northern Ireland has won 8 matches with two drawn.

Northern Ireland Under 18 Managers Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson will be eager to maintain the excellent record against Wales.  Frankie Wilson commented "By all accounts this is the best Welsh side for many years and so we are expecting a strong challenge.  They recorded a superb 1-0 victory in Scotland and were unlucky to lose by a late goal to England.  They are currently in second place in the Centenary Shield and will be keen to secure their best finish in the championship for many years."

Conor Marlin added "Adam McCracken is injured. He has been an outstanding stalwart in defence and his loss will be a blow to us but the good news is that David Parkhouse who missed the games against England and the Republic through injury is now fit and his strength and work rate will give us added impetus. The team has not enjoyed the best of luck this season, being denied victory in Scotland with a good goal disallowed for offside while some controversial decisions went against us in the Republic game.  We will be going all out for victory to maintain our record against the Welsh."

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the match.  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

 

 

Jack Ferguson

LARNE HIGH SCHOOL

Reece Kane

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Ronan Wilson

ST JOSEPH’S DERRY

Caolan Marron

ST PAUL’S BESSBROOK

Karl Hamill

BANGOR ACADEMY

Ryan Nimick

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Michael Kerr

BALLYCLARE HIGH

Ronan Young

ST PIUS X COLLEGE MAGHERAFELT

Lloyd Anderson

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Jonathan McCaw

BELFAST METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Patrick Cafolla

OUR LADY & ST PATRICK’S KNOCK

Matthew Henry

LARNE GRAMMAR

Reece Neale

SOUTH EAST REGIONAL COLLEGE

Joshua Connery

OUR LADY & ST PATRICK’S KNOCK

Salou Jallow

ASHFIELD

Nathaniel Ferris

PORTADOWN COLLEGE

David Parkhouse

ST JOSEPH’S DERRY

Timmy Browne

REGENT HOUSE

U15 schoolboys lose out to Belgium

U15 Invitational International

05/04/16

Northern Ireland 1 – 4 Belgium

 

Northern Ireland U15’s faced a tough test in their first international game at home to Belgium.  The match kicked off at a sunny Queen’s and it was the Belgian team that took the initiative from the outset.  The away team settled earlier and controlled the possession in the opening stages of the first half.  They were rewarded for their high pressing game when Gabriel Lamonie raced clear of the NI defence and dispatched a low drive into the bottom corner on the third attempt after two great saves from NI goalkeeper Scott Pengally. Northern Ireland tried to respond straight away when Ben Wilson ran clear however could not get by Nick Shinton in the Belgium goal.  The away team then raced into a two goal lead shortly after when Yorbe Pavlovic delightfully controlled a cross field ball and stroked the ball past Pengally in goal.  The Belgian dominance continued into the final stages of the first half when Damjan Pavlovic took the ball in midfield and let fly with a 30 yard strike into the top corner to give the Belgians a 3-0 lead.

Half Time Northern Ireland 0-3 Belgium

Northern Ireland came out late into the second half and looked like a different team had entered the field controlling early possession and got the reward when Conor Farrelly was taken down in the box for a penalty.  Ben Wilson stepped up to get Northern Ireland on the scoresheet.  Northern Ireland dominated the second half and should have got another goal back when Farrelly crossed for Ben Wilson at the back post who looked certain to score only for the goalkeeper to make a great save. Northern Ireland kept pressing into the latter stages of the second half and were caught at the back when Gabriel Lamonie got his second from a deflected shot from inside the box.

Northern Ireland Team : Pengally, McKeown, McClellend, Conlon, Galbraith, Warnock, McEneff, Farrelly, McLaughlin, Wilson, Corbett,

Subs : McLaughlin, Smith D, Curran, Smith M, McAdorey, Ferris, McGarvey, Conn, Glover

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

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