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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

Goalkeepers

 

Conor Larkin

Drumcree College

Matthew Davidson

Campbell College

 

 

Defenders

 

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

 

 

Midfielders

 

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

 

 

Forwards

 

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
Poland
Latvia
Norway
FYROM - Macedonia

Group B
Sweden
Northern Ireland
Belgium
Ukraine

1st Stage - GROUP MATCHES

 

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

2nd Stage - GROUP MATCHES

 

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

FINAL STAGE

 

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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