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Northern Ireland U16 Team Welcomes Poland

After two tough games away in Finland the Northern Ireland U16 team welcome Poland to play two home international friendlies. The matches will take place on Tuesday 22nd September at Queens Dub and Thursday 24th September at Comber Rec FC. The Northern Ireland team are listed below.

Northern Ireland under 16 Squad




Rory Brown

Foyle College

Crusaders FC

Declan Dunne

De La Salle College

St Oliver Plunkett

Ollie Webber

Nendrum College

Glentoran FC




Sean Wallace

De La Salle College

St Oliver Plunkett

Adam McAleenan

Wellington College

Glentoran FC

Aaron Donnelly

St Patricks Belfast

Linfield FC

Daniel McKeown

St Colman’s Newry

Glenavon FC

Keith Kearney

St Patricks Armagh

Armagh City

Ian Maxwell

St Patricks Dungannon

Maiden City




Luke Ferguson

St Patricks Dungannon


Marc McKenna


St Oliver Plunkett

Jack Chambers

Banbridge Academy

Linfield FC

Tom Mathieson

Bangor Grammar

Ridgeway Rovers

Jordan McEneff

St Columbs College

Coleraine FC

Caolan Boyd


Glentoran FC

Ethan Gailbrath


Crusaders FC




Recce McGinley

Rainhill high school

Liverpool FC

Niall Owens

St Michaels Enniskillen

Ballinamallard FC

Josh Tipping

Campbell College

Glentoran FC

Leo Brown


Linfield FC

Andrew Scott

Drumagh Integrated college

Maiden City

Harry Robinson

Belfast Royal Academy

Glenavon FC


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Victory Shield update

This year’s Victory shield will be played at Newport in Wales with Republic of Ireland replacing England to join Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the competition. The tournament will be played at Dragons Park, Newport from 1st to 5th November.

The Northern Ireland games are as follows:

  • 1st Nov Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland
  • 3rd Nov Northern Ireland v Scotland
  • 5th Nov Northern Ireland v Wales

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


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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Busy time for Under 16 Team

September will be a busy month for the Northern Ireland Under 16 team. The season begins with the squad travelling to Finland for two games. The first match is at Karjaa on Monday 14 September and two days later the teams meet again at Mantsala.

Thirteen players were capped last season at Under 15 level in games against Belgium, Turkey, Estonia and Slovakia but the matches against Finland will be the first taste of international football for five boys. Two victories over Estonia and draws against Belgium and Slovakia show that the team is capable of a high standard of play but the trip to Finland will still be a stern test. Games between the teams have always been close.

An even sterner test is expected the following week when Poland are the visitors. Twelve years ago two goals from Jonny Evans ensured a 2-1 success over Poland at the Belgian International Tournament. Since then in a dozen meetings at Under 16 level six games have been drawn with Poland successful in the other six. The Northern Ireland team will be hoping for another victory when the sides clash at Queens Malone Playing Fields on Tuesday 22 September, kick off 3.00pm, while a large crowd at Comber on Thursday 24 September, kick off 4.00pm, should be a spur to the players.

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend these games against Poland. 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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Calasanctius win Allen McKinstry cup in shootout.

The Allen McKinstry cup proved full of action for the very start and culminated in penalty shootout success for the Republic of Ireland champions Calasanctius College at the Billy Neill Centre. The first round of matches in the British Isles championship saw the Scottish champions Braidhurst High school beat St Teilo’s Wales 3-0, St Columbs, Derry share a 1-1 draw with Barnfield West Academy champions of England and finally the match of the day Calsanctius College beating Our Lady and St Patricks College, Knock 6-1. Day two of the Allen McKinstry cup again showed the abundance of talent on show with eleven goals being scored over the three games. St Columbs overcame St Telio’s 2-1 in a close encounter, Braidhurst high came back from a 1-0 deficit to run out 4-1 winners against Our Lady and St Patricks College while Calasanctius College scored three second half goals to beat Barnfield West Academy. The Final day of the British Isles cup saw Calasanctius College face Braidhurst high school for the Allen McKinstry cup. Calasanctius took the lead took the lead early in the game with Braidhurst striking back straight from the kick off. Despite both teams pushing hard for a winner the match finished 1-1 and went to penalties. Calasanctius College goalkeeper Mark Greaney made two fantastic saves during the shootout to secure the Allen McKinstry cup for the Irish team. In the other games on the day Barnfield West Academy secured third place with a 2-0 win over St Columbs and Our Lady and St Patricks College gained their first victory with a 5-2 win over St Teilo’s.
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Slovakia v Northern Ireland – U15 Schoolboys

Slovakia v Northern Ireland – U15 Schoolboys (Wednesday 27th May 2015 – NTC Stadium Senec, 11.00 am)

Match Report

Tipping hat trick secures a draw for Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland U15 team claimed a well-deserved 3-3 draw in their international challenge match against Slovakia in Senec thanks to a second half trick by Josh Tipping.

The hosts opened the scoring after 23 minutes when Bruno Cernansky fired home from close range. Soon afterwards Marc McKenna missed a great opportunity to level the scores when he collected a pass from Caolan Boyd but with only the keeper to beat McKenna fired high over the bar from 12 yards.

One minute before the break Nicholas Pochyly doubled the lead blasting the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

Five minutes after the restart Tipping got the first of his goals netting with a low right foot shot after being sent through by McKenna.

Slovak substitute Denis Potoma restored the two goal advantage with his first touch of the ball when a wind assisted free kick flew into the net.

Northern Ireland pressed strongly and following a great run down the right, a cross to the far post by Sean Wallace was headed back by Pablo Andrade and Tipping made no mistake with a close range header.

Six minutes later Andrade again provided the opening for Tipping as his inch perfect pass left the striker with only the keeper to beat and he finished with a powerful shot into the corner of the net.

FULL-TIME: Slovakia 3-3 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Team: Rory Brown, Sean Wallace, Kai Wardlow, Aaron Donnelly, Adam McAleenan, Marc McKenna, Tom Mathieson, Reece McGinley, Caolan Boyd, Josh Tipping, Pablo Andrade

Substitutes: Ian Maxwell replaced Adam McAleenan 50 minutes Niall Owens replaced Wardlow 50 minutes Jake Irvine replaced McKenna 60 minutes Leo Brown replaced McGinley 60 minutes Harry Robinson replaced Sean Wallace 68 minutes Luke Ferguson replaced Andrade 68 minutes

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