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U16's welcome Finland for international friendlies

The Northern Ireland U16 team will kick off their season with two home friendlies against Finland this week.  These international friendlies will be the only home matches for the team before the Victory Shield in November with the squad playing two away fixtures in Estonia in October.

Manager Declan Devine has selected two squads for the games to give the players the opportunity to stake a place in the Victory Shield Squad “ These games are a fantastic opportunity for our players to test themselves against a very high level of opposition and gives this age group a first taste of international football in preparation for the prestigious Victory Shield tournament . I would like to thank NISFA and the Irish FA for the work they do in providing these level of games for our talented young players. We hope this year’s squad can continue in the standards set by last year’s players and hopefully we have players playing this week that may continue to develop in to potential stars of the future”.

 

Tuesday 18th September
New Midgley Park
Belfast
7.00pm Kick off

Thursday 20th September
Stangmore Park, Dungannon
7.00pm Kick off

 

The Northern Ireland Squad’s:
Tuesday 18th September                                                                      Thursday 20th September
 
Connor Byrne                                                                                        Conor Manderson
Cameron Stewart                                                                                  Harry Wylie
Sean Stewart                                                                                        Josh Roney
Matthew Walker                                                                                   Lewis McKinnon
Vicky Saldanha                                                                                     Aaron Donnelly
Sean McAllister                                                                                     Caolan McBride
Orrin McLaughlin                                                                                  Charlie Lindsey
Connor Bradley                                                                                     Charlie Allen
Ross McCausland                                                                                   Reece Doyle
Dale Taylor                                                                                            James Clark
Oisin Gibson                                                                                          Lewis Robertson
Jamal Tavares                                                                                       Nathan Copeland
Aaron Donnelly                                                                                     Stephen McGuinness
Charlie Lindsey                                                                                     Sean McAllister
Caolan McBride                                                                                     Orrin McLaughlin
Jamie McDonald                                                                                    Connor Bradley
Matty Lusty                                                                                            Harry Wilson
                                                                                                               Terry Devlin

Belfast Primary Girls tournament

"Belfast Primary Schools Football Association held their second "girls only" event at the Ozone, Ormeau Park.

It took the form of a 7-a-side festival day and St. Matthew's came top with Orangefield taking second place.

A successful 5-a-side competition was held at Shankill Leisure Centre earlier in the year with St. Matthew's also topping that event."

Elizabeth Bryson 

Belfast Primary Schools Football Association 

Schools Finals Day

St Columb’s College were arguably the big winners on the NISFA Schools’ Cup Finals Day with wins in the Under-13 and Under-16 cup competitions.

During an action-packed day at the Ballymena Showgrounds complex yesterday the Derry-Londonderry school defeated Belfast school Aquinas 4-0 in the Invitational U13 Cup. Two goals from Oran Kelly either side of a Jack McFeely strike put them in the driving seat. And Paul Keogh completed the scoring in added time. 

The St Columb’s U16 team also triumphed in style, easing past Belfast school De La Salle 3-0 in the NISFA U16 Cup decider, which was the showpiece final of the day. 

After a goalless first half the game sparked into life when Ben Wilson was upended inside the box. He picked himself up and slotted the penalty into the bottom corner. 

They were two up with six minutes remaining when Kai Hegarty scored with a long range shot. The victory was complete when Ryan McCaul hit the net in added time.

Meanwhile, the U12 Cup was won on penalties after Lurgan Junior High and St Malachy’s College (Belfast) were locked at one apiece after extra time. Lurgan Junior High goalkeeper Frazer Cunningham scored the decisive spot kick to take the trophy back to Co Armagh.

In the U12 Plate Larne High defeated Abbey Community College (Newtownabbey) 2-1, while St Patrick’s Academy (Lisburn) were the winners of both Small Schools competitions, defeating Rathfriland High School 2-1 in the Small Schools U13 Cup decider and near neighbours Lisnagarvey High School 2-1 after extra time in the U15 Small Schools Cup final.

In the final game of the day Saint Pius X College (Magherafelt) defeated Banbridge Academy 3-0 in the U16 Plate decider. 

 

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U18 top centenary shield with England win

The Northern Ireland U18 team finished their centenary shield campaign with a convincing win over England at Queens Dub.  The team up to this game was unbeaten drawing all three of their games against Scotland, Wales and Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland got off to a great start when Adam Carroll scored with a looping header into the top corner after 10 minutes. England tried to respond straight from kick off and had a great opportunity when they were awarded a penalty 2 minutes later.

The Northern Ireland goalkeeper Declan Dunne was to be the hero diving low to his right to make a fantastic save. Northern Ireland doubled their lead shortly after when Andrew Scotts corner evaded everyone to nestle into the corner of the goal to make it 2-0.  Adam Carroll was to threaten again when his low strike beat the English keeper but was superbly cleared off the line. Northern Ireland made it 3 late into the half when Jack O’Mahony picked up the ball in the England half beat two players and slotted the ball past the keeper.

There were many changes for both teams in the second half that halted the flow of the game.  Jack O’Mahony thought that he had doubled his tally for the day when he flicked an Andrew Scott corner onto the top of the crossbar. England pulled a goal back in the second period however Northern Ireland comfortably ran out winners in the game and placed themselves on top of the table at this stage.

Full Time: Northern Ireland 3-1 England

Northern Ireland U18 Team: Declan Dunne, Caolin Coyle, Aaron Donnelly, Ruari O'Hare, Donal Rocks, Adam Carroll, Patrick Burns, Jack Henderson, Jack O'Mahony, Andrew Scott, Pablo Andrade

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