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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:

Jack Ferguson - Larne High 
Reece Kane - Belfast Met
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 
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 
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

U16's in eight goal thriller

Northern Ireland were unable to keep hold of their stunning comeback against Norway as they had to settle for a 4-4 draw.

A Leo Brown inspired Under 16’s turned around a 2-0 deficit to go 4-2 ahead but two late from the visitors left them the happier of the two sides.

Northern Ireland started the brighter on a glommy afternoon but it was Norway who took the lead. Erling Braut Haland shot from the edge of the box took a deflection to give keeper Rory Brown little chance.

Norway gained confidence from their lead and scored a second straight after through Erik Bother, but his effort was disallowed for offside 

However, Norway wouldn’t be denied a second time as Haldor Stenevik was able to convert a pull back from Ali Anas Farah.

It looked like staying that way till half time, but a great pass from Ethan Warnock found Leo Brown who calmly slotted in to reduce the deficit to one.

Leo Brown was involved again just safter half time as his run and pass into the area found fellow striker O’Neill who had the simple job of tapping in to complete the comeback.

Norway would score once again but for a second time their efforts were thwarted by the linesman’s flag which they were made to pay for by man of the match Leo Brown.

The striker once again beat the Norway defence and his selfless cross found Harry Robinson to give them the lead for the first time.

That wouldn’t be the end of the action with Leo Brown in the mood for more. Another run by the pacy striker gave him the chance to setup substitute Alex McIImail who chipped over the onrushing keeper to give the Under 16’s a beforehand unimaginable 4-2 lead.

Norway continued to push and found their third goal through fortunate circumstances as Rory Brown couldn’t stop the ball from being put past him by his own player.

And the unthinkable occurred just two minutes later as Norway also turned round a two goal deficit. A calm finish from inside the area from captain Colin Rosler was too much for Brown and levelled it up at 4-4.

NI U16’s: Rory Brown, Sean Wallace, Ethan Warnock, Ian Maxwell, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson ©, Jordan McEneff, Harry Robinson, Jack Chambers, Leo Brown, Paul O’Neill. Subs Used: Josh Tipping, Andrew Scott, Alex McIImailBarney McKeown,


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

NI double header v Norway

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team is expecting a stern test in their contests against Norway this week.  The teams meet at Queens Malone Playing Fields on Tuesday, kick off 2.00pm, while Solitude is the venue for the second encounter two days later, also with a 2.00pm start.

Under 16 Manager Declan Devine is relishing the prospect of taking on Norway.  "The boys benefited greatly from the early season encounters with Finland and Poland and produced a great improvement in their display in the Victory Shield recently.  This is the first time that Norway has played here and it will be interesting to judge ourselves against them as they have gone up in the world rankings" added Devine.

Naturally the Manager retains the squad which finished as runners up in the Victory Shield two weeks ago.  Missing, however, are midfielder Ethan Galbraith who was injured in the win over Scotland while Liverpool winger Reece McGinley is unavailable.  Grosvenor goalkeeper Scott Pengally, who is a year young, is included for the first time.

Captain of the Norwegian team is Colin Rosler, who is the son of former Leeds United Manager Uwe Rosler and is a member of the Manchester City Academy.

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.

Northern Ireland squad: 
Rory Brown Foyle College
Scott Pengally Grosvenor
Sean Wallace De La Salle 
Adam McAleenan Wellington College
Aaron Donnelly St Patricks Belfast
Daniel McKeown St Colmans Newry
Keith Kearney St Patricks Armagh
Ian Maxwell Limavady High
Ethan Warnock Ashfield Boys
Luke Ferguson St Patricks Dungannon
Marc McKenna Rathmore
Jack Chambers Banbridge Academy
Tom Mathieson Bangor Grammar
Jordan McEneff St Columbs College
Andrew Scott Drumragh Integrated 
Barney McKeown St Colman's Newry
Harry Robinson Belfast Royal Academy 
Niall Owens St Michaels Enniskillen 
Leo Brown RBAI
Alex McIlmail Bangor Academy
Paul O'Neill St Malachys Belfast


NI defeated in victory shield decider

Under 16 Victory Shield 

Northern Ireland 1 - 3 Wales 

Wales opened the scoring after 7 minutes when Sion Spence met a cross from the right and drilled a low shot past Oliver Webber.The Northern Ireland Under 16 team ended their Victory Shield campaign by going down 3-1 to Wales at Newport.

Northern Ireland pressed strongly and Luke Ferguson was narrowly off target with a header from a corner by Jordan McEneff.

On the half hour Northern Ireland deservedly drew level with a brilliant goal as McEneff netted with a 25 yard drive into the top corner of the net.  Soon afterwards Alex McIlmail went close but his fierce drive from the edge of the box was deflected over the bar.

After the interval Northern Ireland continued to force the pace but Leo Brown could only shoot straight at the keeper when well placed.  Brown then again tested the keeper who did well to tip his header over the bar.

Wales always looked dangerous on the breakaway and Rabbi Matonda outpaced the Northern Ireland defence but his shot went inches wide. With six minutes remaining the speedy winger made the vital breakthrough for the hosts as he cut in from the left and calmly lifted a shot over the advancing Webber.

With Northern Ireland pushing forward in search of the equaliser a freak goal settled the issue in the fourth minute of added time as a wind assisted clearance from the half way line by Steffan Buckeley flew over Webber and into the net.

This win meant that Wales retained the Victory Shield while Northern Ireland finished as runners up.


Northern Ireland

Oliver Webber
Sean Wallace
Ian Maxwell
Keith Kearney
Luke Ferguson (c)
Jordan McEneff
Jack Chambers
Leo Brown
Caolan Boyd
Alex McIlmail
Ethan Warnock



Reece McGinley (replaced Warnock 56 minutes)
Josh Tipping (replaced McIlmail 70 minutes)
Harry Robinson (replaced Wallace 75 minutes)
Aaron Donnelly (replaced Chambers 75 minutes)

Stalemate as U16's draw first Victory Shield game


Under 16 Victory Shield 
Northern Ireland 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland 
Sunday 1st November 2015 Newport KO 2pm

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team began their Victory Shield campaign with a scoreless draw against the Republic of Ireland at Newport.

The Republic threatened first after 16 minutes when centre back Kevin Healy met a free kick by Aaron Bolger but his powerful header was well held by Oliver Webber.  Three  minutes later a neat interpassing movement sent Aaron Connolly in the clear but again Webber was equal to the task saving his low drive.

Northern Ireland's best attack came after 22 minutes as right winger Harry Robinson outpaced the Republic defence but his fierce shot was deflected over the bar.  From the resulting corner the ball fell to Josh Tipping but the striker saw his shot cannon off the upright and be scrambled away.

Soon afterwards Reece McGinley had the ball in the net but was adjudged to be marginally off side.

After the interval the Republic started strongly and James Jennings grazed the upright with a shot from the edge of the box.

McGinley was causing problems for the Republic defence and after a mazy run the winger sent over a deep cross to Ethan Galbraith but the substitute's volley flew inches past the post.

In the closing stages the Republic applied strong pressure but could make little impression on a solid defence in which captain Luke Ferguson was outstanding.


Northern Ireland

Oliver Webber

Sean Wallace

Aaron Donnelly

Keith Kearney

Luke Ferguson (c)

Jordan McEneff

Josh Tipping

Reece McGinley

Harry Robinson

Niall Owens

Caola Boyd


Barney McKeown (replaced Owens 40 minutes)

Ethan Galbraith (replaced Robinson 52 minutes)

Jack Chambers (replaced Boyd 63 minutes)

Leo Brown (replaced McGinley 63 minutes)


Ethan Warnock (replaced Kearney 66 minutes)

Trials the key to start the schoolboys 2016 season

Northern Ireland under 18 international team managers, Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson are scanning the country for the top players to be part of the under 18 schoolboy international team to compete against the home nations in the Centenary shield.

The managers have stressed the importance of identifying the best players in the country to be part of the team, “We have been scouting players from the turn of the year, however it is hard to see every player at this age group play, that’s why we feel that it is vital to hold trial matches to allow players the opportunity to fight for their place on the team” Frankie Wilson. Conor Marlin added “We found great success in trials last year and feel that it benefits players and gives us the opportunity to select the best squad possible.

The Northern Ireland Schools FA are looking recommendations of players at the 1998 and 1999 age groups (players must be born ON OR AFTER 1 JANUARY 1998) to trial and be selected for the team that play in the centenary shield against England, Scotland, Wales and Republic of Ireland.

Please contact Bob Ramsey, NISFA Under 18 International Team Secretary for more information on the upcoming trials on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Northern Ireland learn valuable lessons v Poland

Northern Ireland U16 2-4 Poland U16

Northern Ireland U16 played two home friendly internationals against Poland on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th September. Northern Ireland played the first game at Queens Dub and started the game brightly controlling possession at the back and creating a few openings with Luke Ferguson going close. However, it was Poland who scored the first goal of the game when Mateusz Szwed controlled the ball on the left wing cut inside and unleashed a 25 yard strike into the top corner. Northern Ireland again went close shortly after when Luke Ferguson set up Josh Tipping who couldn’t get his shot on target. Poland stretched their lead when Mateusz Skrzypczak scored a quick fire double, However Northern Ireland came back into the game with Josh Tipping scoring from close range from a mistake by the Poland Goalkeeper.  Northern Ireland goalkeeper Oliver Webber was in good form saving from close range on a couple of occasion however there was nothing he could do when Kacper Wełniak finished off a good Polish move.  The goal of the game came 5 minutes from time when Northern Ireland substitute Tom Mathieson struck a 25 yard half volley into the top corner.  Overall a fair result with both teams showing some moments of quality throughout.

Northern Ireland team:

Oliver Webber, Keith Kearney, Adam McAleenan, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson (c), Jack Chambers, Josh Tipping, Reece McGinley, Harry Robinson, Caolan Boyd, Ethan Galbraith.


Sean Wallace, Ian Maxwell, Marc McKenna, Rory Browne, Leo Brown, Andrew Scott, Tom Mathieson, Jordan McEneff, Daniel McKeown, Niall Owens, Declan Dunne.

Northern Ireland 0-2 Poland

The second game between the sides came two days later at Comber Rec FC.  Both sides made changes and it was Poland who started the brighter controlling possession and went ahead when Patryk Zaucha finished a flowing move. Seven minutes later Poland had a second when Kacper Welnaik finished from close range. Northern Ireland came into the game in the latter stages of the half however were unable to trouble the Polish goalkeeper.

In the second half Northern Ireland should have pulled a goal back when substitute Josh Tipping missed from close range.  Minutes after Tipping and Ethan Galbraith both had chances to convert at the back post however the Polish defence stood strong. Northern Ireland pushed to the end with Ethan Galbraith testing the keeper however for all their hard work and effort the goal did not come for the team.

Full Time: Northern Ireland 0-2 Poland

Northern Ireland team: Oliver Webber, Keith Kearney, Ian Maxwell, Aaron Donnelly, Leo Brown, Tom Mathieson, Andrew Scott, Niall Owens, Jordan McEneff, Daniel McKeown, Caolan Boyd.

Substitutes: Harry Robinson, Josh Tipping, Declan Dunne, Rory Browne, Luke Ferguson, Jack Chambers, Ethan Galbraith, Marc McKenna, Adam McAleenan.

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