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Northern Ireland U18 Schoolboys Face Guernsey & Jersey


Release Date: 29/01/2015

Northern Ireland players and management are preparing for an intense encounter away from home as they meet Guernsey at the Northfield Stadium on Monday 2nd February and Jersey at the Les Quennevais Sports Centre on Wednesday 4th February, both kicking off at 7.00pm.

Northern Ireland are no strangers to the Guernsey and Jersey squads, as they defeated both teams in their last meeting in 2014.

Joint Northern Ireland Manager Frankie Wilson has named a squad of 18 players for the game, including Adam Salley, Andrew Hoey, Cameron Stewart and Mark Skyes, all of whom travelled to the Channel Islands last year and are mindful of the challenge ahead.

Frankie Wilson shared his views on the current provisional squad;

“Over the last 3 months in Meadowbank, Magherfelt, there has been an intense trail process for the NI U18 Schoolboys squad.

“It was a great opportunity to view the range of talent across Northern Ireland but it also proved to be a difficult decision when narrowing around 60 players to a squad of just 18.

“Conor and I however thought long and hard about the decision and are happy with our selection.”

Frankie continued;

“The trip to the Channel Islands is a big opportunity for the squad to understand what is required to play at an international level.

“It is also an opportunity for the players to experience the lifestyle of a professional footballer.

Fellow joint Northern Ireland Manager Conor Marlin explained the high importance of the fixtures by stating;

“The trip in itself will be a crucial part of this squad’s development.

“It is a chance for the squad to get to know one another and create a unique team-bond.

“There are a range of clubs across Northern Ireland being represented including Cliftonville, Crusaders, Linfield and Armagh City, for example.

“Frankie and I hope for a solid team performance and hopefully come away with victory.”


For further information on the fixtures contact Niall O’Neill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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U18 Squad Named For Australia Challenge

Release Date: 27/01/2015

Northern Ireland Schools Under 18 Managers Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson have named a squad of 18 players for the visit of the Australian Schoolboys at Clandeboye Park Bangor on Wednesday 28 January, kick off 4.00 pm.

The squad has a wealth of experience as six players played for last year's Under 18 team which finished as runners up in the Centenary Shield while several other players have been capped at Under 17 level.  That experience will be vital against a strong Australian side which has made a successful start to their tour of the UK and Ireland.  Last week the Aussies trounced Wales 3-0 and on Monday the team drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

Northern Ireland has an excellent record against the visitors.  In eight meeting the Aussie have only been successful once, back in 1992 with a 1-0 win in Antrim, while Northern Ireland has come out on top on four occasions.

The last two meetings have ended in 1-1 draws and Wednesday's clash in Bangor is expected to be close once again.


Northern Ireland Under 18 Squad



Jack Ferguson

Larne High

Jason Craughwell

St Colm's Twinbrook





Jamie Rea

Belfast Metropolitan College

Michael McKenna

St Louis Ballymena

Ryan Noble-Walker

Our Lady & St Patrick's College

Conor Morgan

St Malachy's College

Callum Byers


Cameron Stewart

Campbell College





Ben Doherty

St Columb's College

Conor McDermott

St Columb's College

Jamie Dunne

St Brigid's College

Ross Holden


Mark Sykes

St Mary's CBGS

Ronan Young

St Pius X Magherafelt





Jamal Dupree

Belfast Metropolitan College

Andrew Hoey

Belfast Metropolitan College

Adam Salley

Southern Regional College

Andrew Mooney

South East Regional College

NI U18 Schoolboys Take on Australia

Release Date: 23/01/2015

Author: Niall O'Neill

Northern Ireland Under 18 Schoolboys hope to begin their 2015 campaign with a victory against Australia when the two sides meet on Wednesday 28 January at the Bangor Fuels Arena (Clandeboye Park), kicking off at 4pm.

Joint Northern Ireland manager Frankie Wilson is encouraging as many supporters as possible to attend the game;

“We will try and play an attractive style of play and I am sure it will be an entertaining game. Bangor Fuels Arena is a super surface which will encourage both teams to try and play.

“We travel to Jersey and Guernsey for two more build up games the week after Australia, so the game will give the lads the chance to book their place on the plane” 

Fellow joint Northern Ireland Manager Conor Marlin has named a squad of 18 players for the game. 

Conor explained the high importance of the fixture, highlighting it was an opportunity for players within the squad to prove their worth to management and a chance to express their dedication and commitment to play for Northern Ireland;

“This fixture is a great preparation game for the U18 Inspire Sport Centenary Shield. 

“The Centenary Shield is a fantastic competition and will give the boys that extra bit of experience, and hopefully help some push on to first team football at their clubs and further into Stephen Craigan’s U19 squad.”

Over sixteen different schools/colleges and ten different clubs are represented in the Northern Ireland U18 squad and the fixture will prove to be an enjoyable day out for the entire family, with discounted concession prices available. 

Admission is £4 for adults and £2 for children. Entry is free of charge for children if they are accompanied by a paying adult. Free group admission is available, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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NI U16s Win Victory Shield Opener

Release Date: 31/10/2014

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team recorded a famous success in the Sky Sports Victory Shield international against Scotland at St Mirren Park in Glasgow. Goals by Liam McKenna and Jack White time gave the Northern Ireland boys a well deserved win over the defending champions.

The visitors started brightly and should have gone ahead in the second minute.  A cross by Cormac Lawlor found Jack Sharvin unmarked in front of goal but the striker delayed and goalkeeper Aidan McAdams was quickly off his line to block Sharvin's shot.  One minute later Stephen Mallon saw his right foot drive from the edge of the box flash inches past the post.

As Northern Ireland continued to dominate Christopher Crane was just off target with a drive from the edge of the box.

Scotland's first attack came after 17 minutes but Lee Connolly's 25 yard effort flew over the bar.  Ten minutes later the home crowd thought that Scotland had scored but Owen Gallacher's shot only found the side netting.

Three minutes before the break Northern Ireland deservedly went in front when Liam McKenna met a free kick by Mallon to plant his header into the corner of the net.

On the restart Scotland pushed forward but could make little impression on a solid defence in which centre backs Christopher Crane and Lucas Galashan were outstanding.  On 69 minutes Northern Ireland doubled the lead.  Substitute Niall Cassidy sent Lawlor away down the right and the captain's pin point cross found left back Jack White who netted with a powerful downward header.

In the closing stages Scotland pressed strongly and Daniel Baur's header was cleared off the line by Galashan.  On 80minutes Conor Larkin produced a brilliant save to deny Gallacher .  However, one minute later the keeper blocked a close range shot by Connor McLennan but Jack Aitchison was on hand to force home the rebound.

This was Northern Ireland's third win over Scotland in the last 4 years.

The team's next challenge is against England at Stangmore Park Dungannon on Friday 7 November, kick off 7.00 pm.  The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the game.  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: Conor Larkin, Cormac Lawlor, Jack White, Lucas Galashan, Matthew McKenna, Christopher Crane, Matthew Lynch, Stephen Mallon, Tre Sterling, Jack Sharvin, David Parkhouse.

Substitutes - Reece McGinley (replaced Sharvin 53 minutes), Niall Cassidy (replaced Parkhouse 66 minutes), Christopher Gallagher (replaced Lawlor 72 minutes)

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NI U16S Begin Victory Shield Campaign

Release Date: 29/10/2014

Author: Edwin Ferris

THE Northern Ireland Under-16 team faces difficult opening games in the Sky Sports Victory Shield against Scotland at St Mirren Park on Friday night followed by a home fixture against England on Friday (7 November) at Stangmore Park, Dungannon, kick-off: 7.00pm.

Scotland are the current Victory Shield champions while England have won or shared the championship for the previous 10 years.

Under 16 Manager Stephen Robinson is well aware of the task facing his young squad on Friday night against Scotland:  "It is a challenging task to play the champions away in our opening game but we have prepared well for the job. 

“Scotland will be determined to hold onto the title and we know that they again have a very good side.  They defeated an excellent Polish team 2-0 while we gained a very creditable 1-1 draw with Poland at Kolobrezg, so I think that we can overcome them if we produce our best form," said Robinson.

For the first time in 37 years three players come from one school.  Liam McKenna, Christopher Gallagher and Matthew Lynch attend De La Salle College while Belfast Boys Model provides two players, Lucas Galashan and Tre Sterling.

Two years ago Northern Ireland produced an outstanding display to defeat Scotland 2-1 in Dumfries but that was the first success on Scottish soil since a 3-2 victory in Dundee in 1975.

After the game against England at Dungannon, Northern Ireland completes the Victory Shield campaign by hosting Wales at Ballymena on Thursday 20 November, kick-off: 6.00pm.

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


Northern Ireland Under 16 Squad



Conor Larkin

Drumcree College

Matthew Davidson

Campbell College





Cormac Lawlor

St Malachy's College Belfast

Conal Fagan

St Columb's College

Jack White

Newtownbreda High School

Lucas Galashan

Belfast Boys Model

Liam McKenna

De La Salle College

Christopher Crane

Corpus Christi College





Christopher Gallagher

De La Salle College

Matthew Lynch

De La Salle College

Dylan Davidson

Hazelwood Integrated College

Stephen Mallon

CBS Glen Road

Tre Sterling

Belfast Boys Model





Niall Cassidy

St Malachy's Castlewellan

Jack Sharvin

St Colmcille's High School

Alex Carolan

Deele College

David Parkhouse

St Joseph's Boys School Derry

Reece McGinley

Rainhill High School

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U16s Face Finland

Release Date: 02/09/2014

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team will play two games against Finland. The teams meet at Comber on Wednesday 10 September, kick off 5.00 pm, and two days later Knockbreda FC is the venue, kick off 11.30 am.

Northern Ireland Manager Stephen Robinson is looking forward to his young side taking on top class opponents.  “Games against Finland have always been very close at this level.  This is just the start of an extensive programme of international matches for the boys.  Directly after the games against Finland the team travels to Poland for two games.  It will be a good experience for our boys to pit their skills against the best Continental teams.  This is just the sort of test that we need before embarking on the Victory Shield campaign against Scotland in October.  These games will give everyone a chance to stake a claim for their place in the squad for the games in the Sky Sports Victory Shield”.

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

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.

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Syrenka Cup

Release Date: 20/08/2014

THE Northern Ireland Under 16s will travel to Poland next week to take part in the Syrenka Cup international friendly tournament (August 26 - 29).

Northern Ireland will compete in the tournament alongside Sweden, Belgium, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Norway and FYROM - Macedonia.

Stephen Robinson’s side will kick-off against Sweden on Tuesday, with fixtures announced for Match Day 2 (Wednesday) and Match Day 3 (Friday) after each round.


Syrenka Cup Squad


Conor Hazard Celtic
Joshmr Stachini Sheffield Wednesday
Dylan King Maiden City
Cal Templeton Leicester City
Karl Hamill Glentoran
Luke Fisher Fleetwood Town
Nathan Kerr Stevenage
Michael Kerr Crusaders
Matthew McGlinchey Southampton
Emett McNabb Dungannon Swifts
Daniel Rooney Plymouth
Nathan Gartside Watford
Joe Crowe Norwich City
Shea Gordon Sheffield United
Mark McKee Cliftonville
Shea Conaty Portadown
Kyle McClean Nottingham Forest
Cornor McKendery Ipswich Town


Group A
FYROM - Macedonia

Group B
Northern Ireland



Date Match Group Venue Time Match
26.08.14 1 A TBA 15.00 Poland v Lativa
  2 A TBA 17.30 Norway v FYROM
  3 B TBA 15.00 Sweden v Northern Ireland
  4 B TBA 17.30 Belguim v Ukraine



Date Match Group Venue Time Match
27.08.14 5 A TBA 15.00 loser 1st match v loser 2nd match
  6 A TBA 17.30 winner 1st match v winner 2nd match
  7 B TBA 15.00 loser 3rd match v loser 4th match
  8 B TBA 17.30 winner 3rd match v winner 4th match



Date Match Place Venue Time Match
29.08.14 9 For 7th TBA 11.00 loser 5th match v loser 7th match
  10 For 5th TBA 11.00 winner 5th match v winner 2nd match
  11 For 3rd TBA 11.00 loser 6th match v loser 8th match
  12 For 1st TBA 16.00 winner 6th match v winner 8th match
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NI U18 start centenary shield preparation

The Northern Ireland Under 18 international team managers, Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson, are now looking for recommendations for the upcoming season for the U18 schoolboys who will compete in the Centenary Shield in 2016.

They are looking recommendations for your best players at the 1998 and 1999 age groups (players must be born ON OR AFTER 1 JANUARY 1998).

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

Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  1. Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Position
  4. School
  5. Club

Northern Ireland U16 Team Welcomes Poland

After two tough games away in Finland the Northern Ireland U16 team welcome Poland to play two home international friendlies. The matches will take place on Tuesday 22nd September at Queens Dub and Thursday 24th September at Comber Rec FC. The Northern Ireland team are listed below.

Northern Ireland under 16 Squad




Rory Brown

Foyle College

Crusaders FC

Declan Dunne

De La Salle College

St Oliver Plunkett

Ollie Webber

Nendrum College

Glentoran FC




Sean Wallace

De La Salle College

St Oliver Plunkett

Adam McAleenan

Wellington College

Glentoran FC

Aaron Donnelly

St Patricks Belfast

Linfield FC

Daniel McKeown

St Colman’s Newry

Glenavon FC

Keith Kearney

St Patricks Armagh

Armagh City

Ian Maxwell

St Patricks Dungannon

Maiden City




Luke Ferguson

St Patricks Dungannon


Marc McKenna


St Oliver Plunkett

Jack Chambers

Banbridge Academy

Linfield FC

Tom Mathieson

Bangor Grammar

Ridgeway Rovers

Jordan McEneff

St Columbs College

Coleraine FC

Caolan Boyd


Glentoran FC

Ethan Gailbrath


Crusaders FC




Recce McGinley

Rainhill high school

Liverpool FC

Niall Owens

St Michaels Enniskillen

Ballinamallard FC

Josh Tipping

Campbell College

Glentoran FC

Leo Brown


Linfield FC

Andrew Scott

Drumagh Integrated college

Maiden City

Harry Robinson

Belfast Royal Academy

Glenavon FC


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Victory Shield update

This year’s Victory shield will be played at Newport in Wales with Republic of Ireland replacing England to join Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the competition. The tournament will be played at Dragons Park, Newport from 1st to 5th November.

The Northern Ireland games are as follows:

  • 1st Nov Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland
  • 3rd Nov Northern Ireland v Scotland
  • 5th Nov Northern Ireland v Wales
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