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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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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

U18 Team's resounding 4-1 win against Wales

Release Date: 19/04/2015

The Northern Ireland Schools Under 18 team ended their inspiresport Centenary Shield campaign with a resounding 4-1 win against Wales at Ystrad Mynach.

The visitors dominated from the start and went in front after 7 minutes when Adam Salley met a pin point cross from the right by Lyndon Kane and beat the Welsh keeper with a powerful header from 6 yards.

The speed and directness of the Northern Ireland forwards and the forays down the right wing by Kane were causing problems for the home defence. Kane combined well with Andrew Hoey who cut the ball back to Andrew Mooney but the striker's volley went over the bar. Soon afterwards Salley also blasted over the bar when well placed.

On 20 minutes Mark Sykes doubled the lead when he met a free kick by Kane and, though his first effort was blocked, Sykes steadied himself to slot home the rebound.

Andrew Mooney added a brilliant third goal on the half hour when he ran onto a precise pass from Salley, rounded the advancing keeper, and tapped the ball into the unguarded net.

Wales rarely threatened and Northern Ireland keeper Jason Craughwell was called into action for the first time after 37 minutes when he held a 25 yard free kick by Patrick Hinchcliffe.

Two minutes after the restart Lyndon Kane got on the scoresheet with the best goal of the game. Kane and Sykes combined well to carve open the home defence and when Kane collected a neat chip by Sykes the full back made no mistake with a well placed shot.

Welsh substitute Nathan Jenkins looked likely to score when he burst through the Northern Ireland defence but Craughwell was quickly off the line to block his shot. At the other end Northern Ireland substitute Paul Smyth was causing problems with his pace and when he sped past the Welsh left back his low cross was met by Salley but the striker's shot struck a defender and was cleared.

On the hour mark Wales came more into the play and it was Jenkins who showed up well with a free kick hitting the post. Two minutes later Jenkins cut through the Northern Ireland defence and his shot deflected off Conor Morgan and over Craughwell but the keeper got back to make a brilliant save, tipping the ball over the bar.

However, the keeper had no chance on 67 minutes when Ben Nash reduced the leeway, blasting the ball home from close range.

In the closing stages both sides missed good chances with Jenkins again hitting the woodwork while Smyth and Mooney failed to put away clear openings.

Northern Ireland deservedly maintained their excellent record against Wales with this success meaning that in the last 10 meetings Northern Ireland has won eight with the other two drawn.

Northern Ireland: Jason Craughwell, Lyndon Kane, Jamie Rea, Michael McKenna, Conor Morgan, Conor McDermott, Ben Doherty (c), Mark Sykes, Adam Salley, Andrew Mooney, Andrew Hoey

Subs:

Ronan Young replaced Doherty 35 minutes
Paul Smyth replaced Hoey 45 minutes
Ronan Wilson replaced Rea 57 minutes
Gerard Walker replaced Craughwell 73 minutes
Andrew Drylie replaced McDermott 73 minutes

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U18 Schools Squad Named

Release Date: 25/03/2015

Northern Ireland Under 18 Managers Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson have had to make two changes to their squad for the Inspiresport Centenary Shield international against Scotland at Comber on Friday, kick off 4.45 pm. Forwards Adam Salley and Andrew Mooney have been called up for the Northern Ireland Under 19 team to pay The Netherlands.

Paul Smyth and Ronan Hale have been called into the Under 18 squad.  Smyth is the first boy from St Louise's Comprehensive School to gain international representative honours while Hale is the brother of Rory Hale, who was capped at Under 16 level three years ago, and is the grandson of former Crusaders striker Danny Hale.

Joint Northern Ireland manager Frankie Wilson shared his views on the upcoming fixture: “Losing Salley and Mooney is a big blow to our Centenary Shield challenge but we welcome their selection for the Under 19 team and wish them well.  We are delighted that we have played a small part in the development of two exceptional young footballers.  It will also provide an opportunity for the other players in the squad to show their ability. Smyth is a talented performer who has merited his inclusion in the squad with some impressive displays recently.  Hale is still only sixteen and will be available again next year.  The experience gained at this level will serve him well in his development at international level."

Fellow joint Northern Ireland Manager Conor Marlin commented on his squad’s start to the competition and stated: “We have made a solid start but it could have been so much better.  A point away to England with a 2-2 draw  was a very creditable performance but really it should have been 3 points as we dominated the match. Losing 3-2 to the Republic of Ireland was a cruel blow.  Everyone agrees that we were the better side but things did not go our way.  However, this is a very close competition with very little between the teams.  Scotland has made a good start with a 2-0 win in Wales but we can get our campaign back on track with a victory on Friday."

Comber Rec Football Club has promoted the game extensively in the area and a large crowd is expected.  The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the home game against Scotland.  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

Name

School

Club

Gerard Walker

Malone College

Cliftonville FC

Jason Craughwell

St. Colm’s Twinbrook

Linfield FC

James Rea

Belfast Metropolitan College

Glenavon FC

Michael McKenna

St Louis Ballymena

Carrick Rangers FC

Ryan Noble-Walker

Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Knock

Cliftonville FC

Conor Morgan

St. Malachy’s College Belfast

Cliftonville FC

Callum Byers

Grosvenor Grammar Belfast

Linfield FC

Lyndon Kane

North Coast Integrated College

Coleraine FC

Ben Doherty

St. Columb’s College Derry

Institute FC

Conor McDermott

St. Columb’s College Derry

Derry City FC

Jamie Dunne

St. Bridgids College Derry

Institute FC

Andrew Drylie

Wallace High School

Glenavon FC

Mark Sykes

People 1st

Glenavon FC

Ronan Wilson

St. Joseph’s College Derry

Derry City FC

Brad Lyons

Northern Regional College

Coleraine FC

Andrew Hoey

Southern Regional College

Armagh City FC

Paul Smyth

St Louise's Comprehensive College

Linfield FC

Ronan Hale

St Patrick's College

Crusaders FC

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NI U18s Sschoolboys v Rep of Ireland

Release Date: 13/03/2015

Northern Ireland players and management prepare for their second game of this year’s Inspiresport Centenary Shield when they encounter the Republic of Ireland on St. Patricks Day (17/03/15) at Ferney Park, Ballinamallard FC kicking off at 5.00pm.

Northern Ireland began the campaign with a strong team performance and earned a crucial point following a 2-2 draw against England away from home. The Northern Ireland squad were however unlucky not to come away with all three points against England giving the numerous chances in which they created. The team will hope to build upon their impressive run and progress further by earning their first victory of the competition when they take on the Republic of Ireland.

Joint Northern Ireland manager Frankie Wilson shared his views on the upcoming fixture: “It will be a game that the boys will remember for the rest of their career, as games against the Republic are few and far between. I will never forget the game last year in Sligo and winning it in the last minute was a sweet feeling. The Republic staff will be reminding their boys about that from last season so I know it will be a competitive game as always.”

Frankie Wilson continued: “We have watched the Republic a few times and they are littered with good experienced FAI players. Their centre midfielders are particularly strong and creative. We are coming of the back of a good draw in England, so this game is setup for a close encounter. Conor and I have looked at the video of our game in Eastleigh and we feel that we could improve in certain areas. We have quality and experience all over the park and I know we will need to call on this experience on Tuesday.

Fellow joint Northern Ireland Manager Conor Marlin commented on his squad’s start to the competition and stated: “We have made a solid start with a point away to England. Really it should have been 3 points, the pleasing thing was the performance and our shape. Taking the 2 goals out, we restricted England to not having a shot on target, which is some going away to England. On the other side we hit the bar and had a couple of chances blocked on the line. The boys will take confidence from that performance but know the minimum requirement will be the same again, with the reality being we need to up it another level again to get the result we want against the Republic. The Ballinamallard pitch is a great surface and it will hopefully lend itself to a good game.”

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the home game against the Republic of Ireland at Ballinamallard.  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 U18 Squad v Republic of Ireland

 

Name

School

Squad Number

Position

Club

D.O.B

Gerard Walker

Malone College

1

GK

Cliftonville FC

24.11.97

Jason Craughwell

St. Colm’s Twinbrook

12

GK

Linfield FC

16.04.97

James Rea

Belfast Metropolitan College

3

D

Glenavon FC

23.05.97

Michael Mc Kenna

St Louis Ballymena

2

D

Carrick Rangers FC

21.02.97

Ryan Noble-Walker

Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Knock

4

D

Cliftonville FC

01.10.97

Conor Morgan

St. Malachy’s College Belfast

5

D

Cliftonville FC

07.02.97

Callum Byers

Grosvenor Grammar Belfast

13

D

Linfield FC

28.07.97

Lyndon Kane

North Coast Integrated College

14

D

Coleraine FC

 

15.02.97

Ben Doherty

St. Columb’s College Derry

7

D/MF

Institute FC

24.03.97

Conor Mc Dermott

St. Columb’s College Derry

6

D/MF

Derry City FC

18.09.97

Jamie Dunne

St. Bridgids College Derry

15

MF

Institute FC

02.07.97

Andrew Drylie

Wallace High School

16

MF

Glenavon FC

26.09.97

Mark Skyes

People 1st

8

MF

Glenavon FC

04.08.97

Ronan Wilson

St. Joseph’s College Derry

17

MF

Derry City FC

01.09.98

Brad Lyons

Northern Regional College

18

MF/F

Coleraine FC

26.05.97

Andrew Hoey

Southern Regional College

11

MF/F

Armagh City FC

07.03.97

Adam Salley

Southern Regional College

9

F

Linfield FC

07.02.97

Andrew Mooney

South East Regional College

10

F

Cliftonville FC

08.02.97

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NI U18 Squad Named For England

Release Date: 02/03/2015

NORTHERN Ireland Schools Under 18 Managers Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson have named a squad of 18 players for their opening game in the Inspiresport Centenary Shield against England at Eastleigh FC on Friday 6 March, kick-off 7.00pm.

There is a wealth of experience in the squad, as six players including Coleraine centre back Lyndon Kane all 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 England side which will be determined to retain the Centenary Shield.

Frankie Wilson shared his views on the upcoming fixture and stated “I am really looking forward to the game, especially after last year’s narrow defeat in the Centenary Shield. Once again we will start as massive underdogs in this David and Goliath battle but we are excited to embrace the challenge. Conor and I have worked tirelessly to accumulate a squad since early October and we feel we can cope with the demands of the competition.”

Conor Marlin commented “This is a tough start to our Centenary Shield campaign. England were worthy winners last year and it is up to us to try and beat the favourites. We have some excellent players, some of which have already gained senior Irish League experience. It was a difficult job to try and whittle the squad to just 18 players but I know the boys selected are eager and ready for the battle against the English. Success in the opening games would help us greatly in our quest to regain the championship.”

Northern Ireland U18 Schoolboys have an excellent record on English soil.  In eight meetings between the sides, the English have only been successful twice.  Two years ago the game ended in a 1-1 draw in Plymouth while before that, Northern Ireland came out on top 2-0 at Telford and 1-0 at Macclesfield.

Northern Ireland also have an impressive record in the Centenary Shield, winning it four times outright (1996, 1998, 1999, 2013) and sharing another three titles (2005, 2009, 2011).

Following the game at Eastleigh, Northern Ireland will host the Republic of Ireland at Ferney Park Ballinamallard on St Patrick's Day, kick off 5.00 pm.

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the home game against the Republic of Ireland at Ballinamallard.  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

Goalkeepers

 

Jack Ferguson

Larne High

Jason Craughwell

St Colm's Twinbrook

 

 

Defenders

 

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

Grosvenor

Lyndon Kane

North Coast Integrated College

 

 

Midfielders

 

Ben Doherty

St Columb's College

Conor McDermott

St Columb's College

Jamie Dunne

St Brigid's College

Andrew Drylie

Wallace High School

Mark Sykes

St Mary's CBGS

Ronan Wilson

St Joseph's Derry

 

 

Forwards

 

Brad Lyons

Northern Regional College

Andrew Hoey

Belfast Metropolitan College

Adam Salley

Southern Regional College

Andrew Mooney

South East Regional College

 

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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

Goalkeepers

 

Jack Ferguson

Larne High

Jason Craughwell

St Colm's Twinbrook

 

 

Defenders

 

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

Grosvenor

Cameron Stewart

Campbell College

 

 

Midfielders

 

Ben Doherty

St Columb's College

Conor McDermott

St Columb's College

Jamie Dunne

St Brigid's College

Ross Holden

Glengormley

Mark Sykes

St Mary's CBGS

Ronan Young

St Pius X Magherafelt

 

 

Forwards

 

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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