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Northern Ireland U16 2-4 Poland U16

Northern Ireland U16 played two home friendly internationals against Poland on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th September. Northern Ireland played the first game at Queens Dub and started the game brightly controlling possession at the back and creating a few openings with Luke Ferguson going close. However, it was Poland who scored the first goal of the game when Mateusz Szwed controlled the ball on the left wing cut inside and unleashed a 25 yard strike into the top corner. Northern Ireland again went close shortly after when Luke Ferguson set up Josh Tipping who couldn’t get his shot on target. Poland stretched their lead when Mateusz Skrzypczak scored a quick fire double, However Northern Ireland came back into the game with Josh Tipping scoring from close range from a mistake by the Poland Goalkeeper.  Northern Ireland goalkeeper Oliver Webber was in good form saving from close range on a couple of occasion however there was nothing he could do when Kacper Wełniak finished off a good Polish move.  The goal of the game came 5 minutes from time when Northern Ireland substitute Tom Mathieson struck a 25 yard half volley into the top corner.  Overall a fair result with both teams showing some moments of quality throughout.

Northern Ireland team:

Oliver Webber, Keith Kearney, Adam McAleenan, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson (c), Jack Chambers, Josh Tipping, Reece McGinley, Harry Robinson, Caolan Boyd, Ethan Galbraith.

Substitutes:

Sean Wallace, Ian Maxwell, Marc McKenna, Rory Browne, Leo Brown, Andrew Scott, Tom Mathieson, Jordan McEneff, Daniel McKeown, Niall Owens, Declan Dunne.

Northern Ireland 0-2 Poland

The second game between the sides came two days later at Comber Rec FC.  Both sides made changes and it was Poland who started the brighter controlling possession and went ahead when Patryk Zaucha finished a flowing move. Seven minutes later Poland had a second when Kacper Welnaik finished from close range. Northern Ireland came into the game in the latter stages of the half however were unable to trouble the Polish goalkeeper.

In the second half Northern Ireland should have pulled a goal back when substitute Josh Tipping missed from close range.  Minutes after Tipping and Ethan Galbraith both had chances to convert at the back post however the Polish defence stood strong. Northern Ireland pushed to the end with Ethan Galbraith testing the keeper however for all their hard work and effort the goal did not come for the team.

Full Time: Northern Ireland 0-2 Poland

Northern Ireland team: Oliver Webber, Keith Kearney, Ian Maxwell, Aaron Donnelly, Leo Brown, Tom Mathieson, Andrew Scott, Niall Owens, Jordan McEneff, Daniel McKeown, Caolan Boyd.

Substitutes: Harry Robinson, Josh Tipping, Declan Dunne, Rory Browne, Luke Ferguson, Jack Chambers, Ethan Galbraith, Marc McKenna, Adam McAleenan.

NI U16s Win Victory Shield Opener

Release Date: 31/10/2014

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team recorded a famous success in the Sky Sports Victory Shield international against Scotland at St Mirren Park in Glasgow. Goals by Liam McKenna and Jack White time gave the Northern Ireland boys a well deserved win over the defending champions.

The visitors started brightly and should have gone ahead in the second minute.  A cross by Cormac Lawlor found Jack Sharvin unmarked in front of goal but the striker delayed and goalkeeper Aidan McAdams was quickly off his line to block Sharvin's shot.  One minute later Stephen Mallon saw his right foot drive from the edge of the box flash inches past the post.

As Northern Ireland continued to dominate Christopher Crane was just off target with a drive from the edge of the box.

Scotland's first attack came after 17 minutes but Lee Connolly's 25 yard effort flew over the bar.  Ten minutes later the home crowd thought that Scotland had scored but Owen Gallacher's shot only found the side netting.

Three minutes before the break Northern Ireland deservedly went in front when Liam McKenna met a free kick by Mallon to plant his header into the corner of the net.

On the restart Scotland pushed forward but could make little impression on a solid defence in which centre backs Christopher Crane and Lucas Galashan were outstanding.  On 69 minutes Northern Ireland doubled the lead.  Substitute Niall Cassidy sent Lawlor away down the right and the captain's pin point cross found left back Jack White who netted with a powerful downward header.

In the closing stages Scotland pressed strongly and Daniel Baur's header was cleared off the line by Galashan.  On 80minutes Conor Larkin produced a brilliant save to deny Gallacher .  However, one minute later the keeper blocked a close range shot by Connor McLennan but Jack Aitchison was on hand to force home the rebound.

This was Northern Ireland's third win over Scotland in the last 4 years.

The team's next challenge is against England at Stangmore Park Dungannon on Friday 7 November, kick off 7.00 pm.  The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the game.  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: Conor Larkin, Cormac Lawlor, Jack White, Lucas Galashan, Matthew McKenna, Christopher Crane, Matthew Lynch, Stephen Mallon, Tre Sterling, Jack Sharvin, David Parkhouse.

Substitutes - Reece McGinley (replaced Sharvin 53 minutes), Niall Cassidy (replaced Parkhouse 66 minutes), Christopher Gallagher (replaced Lawlor 72 minutes)

NI U16S Begin Victory Shield Campaign

Release Date: 29/10/2014

Author: Edwin Ferris

THE Northern Ireland Under-16 team faces difficult opening games in the Sky Sports Victory Shield against Scotland at St Mirren Park on Friday night followed by a home fixture against England on Friday (7 November) at Stangmore Park, Dungannon, kick-off: 7.00pm.

Scotland are the current Victory Shield champions while England have won or shared the championship for the previous 10 years.

Under 16 Manager Stephen Robinson is well aware of the task facing his young squad on Friday night against Scotland:  "It is a challenging task to play the champions away in our opening game but we have prepared well for the job. 

“Scotland will be determined to hold onto the title and we know that they again have a very good side.  They defeated an excellent Polish team 2-0 while we gained a very creditable 1-1 draw with Poland at Kolobrezg, so I think that we can overcome them if we produce our best form," said Robinson.

For the first time in 37 years three players come from one school.  Liam McKenna, Christopher Gallagher and Matthew Lynch attend De La Salle College while Belfast Boys Model provides two players, Lucas Galashan and Tre Sterling.

Two years ago Northern Ireland produced an outstanding display to defeat Scotland 2-1 in Dumfries but that was the first success on Scottish soil since a 3-2 victory in Dundee in 1975.

After the game against England at Dungannon, Northern Ireland completes the Victory Shield campaign by hosting Wales at Ballymena on Thursday 20 November, kick-off: 6.00pm.

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the home games against England and Wales.  Any group wishing to gain free entrance should send their details by email to Edwin Ferris, NISFA Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain a group permit. 

 

Northern Ireland Under 16 Squad

Goalkeepers

 

Conor Larkin

Drumcree College

Matthew Davidson

Campbell College

 

 

Defenders

 

Cormac Lawlor

St Malachy's College Belfast

Conal Fagan

St Columb's College

Jack White

Newtownbreda High School

Lucas Galashan

Belfast Boys Model

Liam McKenna

De La Salle College

Christopher Crane

Corpus Christi College

 

 

Midfielders

 

Christopher Gallagher

De La Salle College

Matthew Lynch

De La Salle College

Dylan Davidson

Hazelwood Integrated College

Stephen Mallon

CBS Glen Road

Tre Sterling

Belfast Boys Model

 

 

Forwards

 

Niall Cassidy

St Malachy's Castlewellan

Jack Sharvin

St Colmcille's High School

Alex Carolan

Deele College

David Parkhouse

St Joseph's Boys School Derry

Reece McGinley

Rainhill High School

U16s Face Finland

Release Date: 02/09/2014

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team will play two games against Finland. The teams meet at Comber on Wednesday 10 September, kick off 5.00 pm, and two days later Knockbreda FC is the venue, kick off 11.30 am.

Northern Ireland Manager Stephen Robinson is looking forward to his young side taking on top class opponents.  “Games against Finland have always been very close at this level.  This is just the start of an extensive programme of international matches for the boys.  Directly after the games against Finland the team travels to Poland for two games.  It will be a good experience for our boys to pit their skills against the best Continental teams.  This is just the sort of test that we need before embarking on the Victory Shield campaign against Scotland in October.  These games will give everyone a chance to stake a claim for their place in the squad for the games in the Sky Sports Victory Shield”.

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association is offering free entrance to any school or youth group wishing to attend the games against Finland.

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.

Syrenka Cup

Release Date: 20/08/2014

THE Northern Ireland Under 16s will travel to Poland next week to take part in the Syrenka Cup international friendly tournament (August 26 - 29).

Northern Ireland will compete in the tournament alongside Sweden, Belgium, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Norway and FYROM - Macedonia.

Stephen Robinson’s side will kick-off against Sweden on Tuesday, with fixtures announced for Match Day 2 (Wednesday) and Match Day 3 (Friday) after each round.

 

Syrenka Cup Squad

 

Conor Hazard Celtic
Joshmr Stachini Sheffield Wednesday
Dylan King Maiden City
Cal Templeton Leicester City
Karl Hamill Glentoran
Luke Fisher Fleetwood Town
Nathan Kerr Stevenage
Michael Kerr Crusaders
Matthew McGlinchey Southampton
Emett McNabb Dungannon Swifts
Daniel Rooney Plymouth
Nathan Gartside Watford
Joe Crowe Norwich City
Shea Gordon Sheffield United
Mark McKee Cliftonville
Shea Conaty Portadown
Kyle McClean Nottingham Forest
Cornor McKendery Ipswich Town

 

Group A
Poland
Latvia
Norway
FYROM - Macedonia

Group B
Sweden
Northern Ireland
Belgium
Ukraine

1st Stage - GROUP MATCHES

 

Date Match Group Venue Time Match
26.08.14 1 A TBA 15.00 Poland v Lativa
  2 A TBA 17.30 Norway v FYROM
  3 B TBA 15.00 Sweden v Northern Ireland
  4 B TBA 17.30 Belguim v Ukraine

2nd Stage - GROUP MATCHES

 

Date Match Group Venue Time Match
27.08.14 5 A TBA 15.00 loser 1st match v loser 2nd match
  6 A TBA 17.30 winner 1st match v winner 2nd match
  7 B TBA 15.00 loser 3rd match v loser 4th match
  8 B TBA 17.30 winner 3rd match v winner 4th match

FINAL STAGE

 

Date Match Place Venue Time Match
29.08.14 9 For 7th TBA 11.00 loser 5th match v loser 7th match
  10 For 5th TBA 11.00 winner 5th match v winner 2nd match
  11 For 3rd TBA 11.00 loser 6th match v loser 8th match
  12 For 1st TBA 16.00 winner 6th match v winner 8th match

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

GK

School

 Club

Rory Brown

Foyle College

Crusaders FC

Declan Dunne

De La Salle College

St Oliver Plunkett

Ollie Webber

Nendrum College

Glentoran FC

DEF

 

 

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

MID

 

 

Luke Ferguson

St Patricks Dungannon

Dungannon

Marc McKenna

Rathmore

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

ATT

 

 

Recce McGinley

Rainhill high school

Liverpool FC

Niall Owens

St Michaels Enniskillen

Ballinamallard FC

Josh Tipping

Campbell College

Glentoran FC

Leo Brown

RBAI

Linfield FC

Andrew Scott

Drumagh Integrated college

Maiden City

Harry Robinson

Belfast Royal Academy

Glenavon FC

 



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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