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U16's beaten at Solitude

Northern Ireland Under 16’s conceded twice in eight second half minutes as they went down 2-1 against Norway.

Josh Tipping’s first half goal wasn’t enough as efforts from Erik Botheim and Ali Anas Farah sealed the win for the visitors.

The game started slowly at Solitude with the opening 20 minutes giving a half chance to Norway’s Kevin Krygaard but he couldn’t take advantage as his effort bobbled wide.

Then after 28 minutes, Northern Ireland took the lead with a hint of controversy. Alex McIIlmail’s effort was parried by keeper Lars Kvarekvaal but Josh Tipping was on hand to put the ball into the back of the net. Norway protested claiming the keeper had the ball back under his control but the goal stood.

The hosts should of then double their lead before half time as Tipping’s shot was blocked and fell to Andrew Scott but he couldn’t sort out his feet quick enough and could only shoot wide from 8 yards.

Norway came out strong and got back into the game after 61 minutes. Substitute Erik Botheim curled a beautiful effort into the top corner which Northern Ireland keeper Rory Brown could go nothing about.

Just eight minutes later, the turnaround was complete. Ali Anas Farah turned his defender inside and out and got a shot away across keeper Brown to put Norway 2-1 up.

Rory Brown then kept it at 2-1 as he produced a brilliant low stop to keep out Evjen from eight yards.

After their 4-4 draw on Tuesday, Northern Ireland will feel hard done by to come away from their two friendlies against Norway without a win.

NI U16’s: Rory Brown, Keith Kearney, Barney McKeown, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson ©, Harry Robinson, Tom Mathieson, Adam McAleenan, Andrew Scott, Alex McIImail, Josh Tipping. Subs Used: Leo Brown, Jordan McEneff, Jack Chambers, Caolan Boyd, Aaron Donnelly

NOR U16’s: Kvarekvaal, Rimestad, Uran, Sandberg, Rosler ©, Ugland, Stenevik, Krygaard, Haland, Larsen, Hansen. Subs Used: Evjen, Hove, Daland. Farah, Botheim

U16's in eight goal thriller

Northern Ireland were unable to keep hold of their stunning comeback against Norway as they had to settle for a 4-4 draw.

A Leo Brown inspired Under 16’s turned around a 2-0 deficit to go 4-2 ahead but two late from the visitors left them the happier of the two sides.

Northern Ireland started the brighter on a glommy afternoon but it was Norway who took the lead. Erling Braut Haland shot from the edge of the box took a deflection to give keeper Rory Brown little chance.

Norway gained confidence from their lead and scored a second straight after through Erik Bother, but his effort was disallowed for offside 

However, Norway wouldn’t be denied a second time as Haldor Stenevik was able to convert a pull back from Ali Anas Farah.

It looked like staying that way till half time, but a great pass from Ethan Warnock found Leo Brown who calmly slotted in to reduce the deficit to one.

Leo Brown was involved again just safter half time as his run and pass into the area found fellow striker O’Neill who had the simple job of tapping in to complete the comeback.

Norway would score once again but for a second time their efforts were thwarted by the linesman’s flag which they were made to pay for by man of the match Leo Brown.

The striker once again beat the Norway defence and his selfless cross found Harry Robinson to give them the lead for the first time.

That wouldn’t be the end of the action with Leo Brown in the mood for more. Another run by the pacy striker gave him the chance to setup substitute Alex McIImail who chipped over the onrushing keeper to give the Under 16’s a beforehand unimaginable 4-2 lead.

Norway continued to push and found their third goal through fortunate circumstances as Rory Brown couldn’t stop the ball from being put past him by his own player.

And the unthinkable occurred just two minutes later as Norway also turned round a two goal deficit. A calm finish from inside the area from captain Colin Rosler was too much for Brown and levelled it up at 4-4.

NI U16’s: Rory Brown, Sean Wallace, Ethan Warnock, Ian Maxwell, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson ©, Jordan McEneff, Harry Robinson, Jack Chambers, Leo Brown, Paul O’Neill. Subs Used: Josh Tipping, Andrew Scott, Alex McIImailBarney McKeown,

 

NOR U16’s: Klausson, Rimestad, Daland, Sandberg, Rosler ©, Stenevik, Haland, Botheim, Hove, Bjaamer, Farah. Subs Used: Ugland, Uran, Hansen, Krygaard,

NI double header v Norway

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team is expecting a stern test in their contests against Norway this week.  The teams meet at Queens Malone Playing Fields on Tuesday, kick off 2.00pm, while Solitude is the venue for the second encounter two days later, also with a 2.00pm start.

Under 16 Manager Declan Devine is relishing the prospect of taking on Norway.  "The boys benefited greatly from the early season encounters with Finland and Poland and produced a great improvement in their display in the Victory Shield recently.  This is the first time that Norway has played here and it will be interesting to judge ourselves against them as they have gone up in the world rankings" added Devine.

Naturally the Manager retains the squad which finished as runners up in the Victory Shield two weeks ago.  Missing, however, are midfielder Ethan Galbraith who was injured in the win over Scotland while Liverpool winger Reece McGinley is unavailable.  Grosvenor goalkeeper Scott Pengally, who is a year young, is included for the first time.

Captain of the Norwegian team is Colin Rosler, who is the son of former Leeds United Manager Uwe Rosler and is a member of the Manchester City Academy.

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend these games.  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 squad: 
Rory Brown Foyle College
Scott Pengally Grosvenor
Sean Wallace De La Salle 
Adam McAleenan Wellington College
Aaron Donnelly St Patricks Belfast
Daniel McKeown St Colmans Newry
Keith Kearney St Patricks Armagh
Ian Maxwell Limavady High
Ethan Warnock Ashfield Boys
Luke Ferguson St Patricks Dungannon
Marc McKenna Rathmore
Jack Chambers Banbridge Academy
Tom Mathieson Bangor Grammar
Jordan McEneff St Columbs College
Andrew Scott Drumragh Integrated 
Barney McKeown St Colman's Newry
Harry Robinson Belfast Royal Academy 
Niall Owens St Michaels Enniskillen 
Leo Brown RBAI
Alex McIlmail Bangor Academy
Paul O'Neill St Malachys Belfast

 

NI defeated in victory shield decider

Under 16 Victory Shield 

Northern Ireland 1 - 3 Wales 


Wales opened the scoring after 7 minutes when Sion Spence met a cross from the right and drilled a low shot past Oliver Webber.The Northern Ireland Under 16 team ended their Victory Shield campaign by going down 3-1 to Wales at Newport.

Northern Ireland pressed strongly and Luke Ferguson was narrowly off target with a header from a corner by Jordan McEneff.

On the half hour Northern Ireland deservedly drew level with a brilliant goal as McEneff netted with a 25 yard drive into the top corner of the net.  Soon afterwards Alex McIlmail went close but his fierce drive from the edge of the box was deflected over the bar.

After the interval Northern Ireland continued to force the pace but Leo Brown could only shoot straight at the keeper when well placed.  Brown then again tested the keeper who did well to tip his header over the bar.

Wales always looked dangerous on the breakaway and Rabbi Matonda outpaced the Northern Ireland defence but his shot went inches wide. With six minutes remaining the speedy winger made the vital breakthrough for the hosts as he cut in from the left and calmly lifted a shot over the advancing Webber.

With Northern Ireland pushing forward in search of the equaliser a freak goal settled the issue in the fourth minute of added time as a wind assisted clearance from the half way line by Steffan Buckeley flew over Webber and into the net.

This win meant that Wales retained the Victory Shield while Northern Ireland finished as runners up.

 

Northern Ireland

Oliver Webber
Sean Wallace
Ian Maxwell
Keith Kearney
Luke Ferguson (c)
Jordan McEneff
Jack Chambers
Leo Brown
Caolan Boyd
Alex McIlmail
Ethan Warnock

 

Substitutes

Reece McGinley (replaced Warnock 56 minutes)
Josh Tipping (replaced McIlmail 70 minutes)
Harry Robinson (replaced Wallace 75 minutes)
Aaron Donnelly (replaced Chambers 75 minutes)
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