NISFA Top Banner

Log in

Ross Redman

Under 18 squad named for International in Glasgow

Under 18 Squad named for international in Glasgow

Northern Ireland Under 18 Managers Conor Marlin and Frankie Wilson have made two changes to their squad for the Inspiresport Centenary Shield international against Scotland in Glasgow on Friday night, kick off 7.00 pm.  Matthew Shevlin and Michael Kerr replace David Parkhouse and Salou Jallow in the squad which defeated Guernsey and Jersey earlier this month.

Parkhouse misses out through injury and his absence will be a blow to the hopes of regaining the Centenary Shield.  The tall striker was in superb form in the Channel Islands notching a hat trick against Jersey and a brace against Guernsey.  Fortunately, Shevlin is a more than adequate replacement having been capped at Under 17 level this season and appearing regularly for Ballymena United in the Danske Bank Premiership.  Kerr missed the trip to the Channel Islands through injury but he also has international experience having been capped at Under 16 level two years ago.

Joint Northern Ireland manager Frankie Wilson shared his views on the upcoming fixture: “Losing Parkhouse is a setback to our Centenary Shield challenge as I am confident that his partnership with Shevlin would produce goals.  Nathaniel Ferris did very well with a hat trick in Jersey and I hope that he will continue in similar form against the Scots and team up well with Shevlin."

Fellow joint Northern Ireland Manager Conor Marlin commented on his squad’s start to the competition and stated: “Our record against Scotland is excellent at home but in the away fixtures we have dropped points in drawn games that we should have won.  It is essential we collect all three points on Friday night which would set us up for the forthcoming matches against England and the Republic of Ireland.  However, the Centenary Shield is always a very close competition with very little between the teams."

Following the game against Scotland the Northern Ireland team takes on England at Comber on Friday 4 March, kick off 4.00 pm, before travelling to Arklow to play the Republic of Ireland on St Patrick's Day.

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



Reece Kane


Ronan Wilson


Adam McCracken


Caolan Marron


Karl Hamill


Ryan Nimick


Ronan Young


Lloyd Anderson


David Parkhouse


Jonathan McCaw


Salou Jallow


Patrick Cafolla


Matthew Henry


Sean Toland


Reece Neale


Joshua Connery


Nathaniel Ferris


Jack Ferguson


Michael Kerr


Matthew Shevlin


NI Schoolboys defeat Jersey

The Northern Ireland Schools Under 18 team finished their short tour to the Channel Islands in style, retaining the Lynn Nicholson Trophy with a resounding 8-2 victory over Jersey at the Springfield Stadium.


Northern Ireland dominated from the start and should have gone ahead after 4 minutes when a free kick by Ronan Young deflected off the Jersey wall straight to David Parkhouse but the striker stabbed the ball past the post from 10 yards out.  Five minutes later Parkhouse made amends by running through the home defence and slotting the ball past the keeper.


On 37 minutes Parkhouse doubled the lead and on the stroke of half time the tall striker completed his hat trick by converting a penalty when Salow Jallow was brought down.


After the interval the home team opened brightly and Lorne Bickley was just off target with a low drive.  The Northern Ireland defence did not heed this warning and Bickley reduced the leeway when he rounded Reece Kane and slotted the ball home from an acute angle.  Bickley then failed to lob Kane when well placed.


With Man of the Match Ronan Young pulling the strings in midfield Northern Ireland regained control and on 58 minutes Young set up Matthew Henry to score from close range and soon afterwards Sean Toland added the fifth following good work by Young. 


Jersey added a second goal with a free kick by Shay Miley but substitute Nathaniel Ferris completed a quick hat trick in the last 10 minutes to underline Northern Ireland's superiority.

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.



IFA Launch School Quality Mark

The Irish Football Association (IFA) have launched the first ever School Quality Mark across Northern Ireland. The IFA have put an emphasis on the enhancement of schools football across Northern Ireland through the new Let Them Play strategy and feel that the development of schools infrastructure and the collaboration with the Northern Ireland Schools Football Association is essential for football development.

The School Quality Mark is a new initiative provided by the Irish Football Association that looks to enhance and improve schools football at both primary and post primary level.  A part of the IFA Let Them Play strategy the School Mark provides schools with the guidance to implement structures to build capacity and allow football to flourish. Schools will have the opportunity to enter the accreditation at three different levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold which will depend on the structures already in place.  Some of the key areas that are set out in the accreditation are school governance and management, further games development, duty of care and female participation. School-club links will also form a major part of the schools mark as it is key for pupils to be given a pathway from schools to local club football. The IFA are delighted that precision training has agreed to be the official sponsor of our School Quality Mark and will provide up to £500 of equipment and training aids to schools who achieve the accreditation.

The School Quality Mark will allow 125 schools to achieve the accreditation over a 5 year period, for information on the School mark accreditation please contact Ross Redman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subscribe to this RSS feed


Northern Ireland

Partly Cloudy

Humidity: 71%

Wind: 8.05 km/h

  • 24 Mar 2016 9°C 3°C
  • 25 Mar 2016 12°C 9°C