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U16's complete double over Estonia

The Northern Ireland Under 16 team completed the double over Estonia and maintained their unbeaten record for the season with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Seaview.

There was little between the teams in the early stages but after 27 minutes Alberto Balde caused panic in the visitors defence and Kristjan Stuff handled the ball.  George Tipton, son of Warrenpoint Town Manager Matthew Tipton, stepped up to blast the spot kick into the roof of the net.

After the break Estonia came more into the game and Rudhan Hughes did well to keep out a fierce free kick by Patrick Veelma while Aleksandr Sapovalov was narrowly off target with a long range effort.  Soon afterwards Estonia deservedly drew level when Sapovalov, who had scored for the visitors in their 3-1 defeat at Comber on Monday, netted with a close range header.

At this stage it looked as if Estonia would go on to record their first success at Under 16 level against Northern Ireland but gradually the home team regained control and after 78 minutes Chris McKee found the net when put through by Jack Scott.

Two minutes later Peter McKiernan doubled the lead with a spectacular effort as the lively striker twisted and turned his way past two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner.

In stoppage time Scott completed the scoring with a 25 yard effort which gave the Estonian keeper no chance.

The Under 16 team can expect a sterner test when they travel to Finland next month for two games in Jyvaskyla.

Northern Ireland

Rudhan Hughes, Jack Scott, Peter Bell, Dylan Boyle (c), Aaron Brown, Alberto Balde, George Tipton, Trai Hume, Barry Baggley, Eoin Teggert, Aidan Steele


Michael Glynn (replaced Brown 51 minutes), Peter McKiernan (Tipton 51'), Chris McKee (Balde 51'), Naseem Ouldhamlat (Teggert 51'), Jesse Carson (Bell 65'), Ben Wylie (Hume 65'), Chris Hutchinson (Baggley 65'), Carl Johnston (Steele 65')

U16's to face Estonia in double header

Under 16s face Estonia

Northern Ireland Under 16 Manager Darren Murphy is hoping that his young charges can maintain their unbeaten record when they play two games against Estonia next week.  In May his team recorded two victories 2-1 at home to Slovakia and the following month the squad travelled to Austria and came home with a scoreless draw and a 1-1 draw against an unbeaten Austrian team.

Now Estonia provide the opposition at Comber on Monday 14 August, kick off 6.30 pm, and two days later Knockbreda FC is the venue, kick off 3.00 pm.

Murphy is looking forward to his young side taking on the visitors.  “The team was outstanding in the matches against Slovakia and Austria and now I am hoping that they can advance to an even higher level.  We have an excellent record against Estonia, winning four and drawing two of the last six games.  Those matches were all very close and the boys will have to pull out all the stops to maintain our record against Estonia.  This is just the start of an extensive programme of international matches for the boys.  In September the team travels to Finland 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, Wales and the Republic of Ireland in October.  The games against Estonia and Finland will give everyone a chance to stake a claim for their place in the squad for the Victory Shield”.

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

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.

Edwin Ferris

(NISFA Press Officer)

NI U16's narrowly lose out in Poland

Poland v Northern Ireland – U16 Schoolboys

(Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – JKS Stadium, Jaroslaw, 12.00 pm)

Match Report

Northern Ireland Under 16s lose narrowly in Poland

The Northern Ireland U16 team narrowly lost 1-0 in their second international challenge match against Poland at a packed stadium in Jaroslaw in front of a crowd of 5,000.

The visitors opened brightly with Jack Scott and Andrew Whiteside showing up well in midfield.  However, it was the home team which came closest to scoring after 15 minutes when Kevin Rubaszewski hit the bar from 10 yards.  Ten minutes later Rubaszewski made amends for this miss by outpacing two defenders down the left before squaring the ball to Blazej Czuban, who netted from close range.

Northern Ireland responded well to this reverse and Polish goalkeeper Marcel Lotka was called into action to deal with a series of dangerous crosses from Callum Ferris and Ethan Warnock

Five minutes after the restart Alberto Almanzar was unfortunate to see his header clip the bar and go over with Lotka well beaten.

With ten minutes remaining Almanzar turned provider as his pass split the home defence but Lotka was quickly off his line to save at the feet of Connor Farrelly.

In the closing stages Northern Ireland piled on the pressure, forcing a series of corners and free kicks, but the Polish defence held on for a narrow win.

This game and the previous one on Monday were the first internationals to be staged in the region for 16 years.

FULL-TIME: Poland 1-0 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Team

Scott Pengelly, Jake Corbett, Ethan Warnock, Barney McKeown, Jack Conlon, Jack Scott, Connor Farrelly (c), Callum Ferris, Alberto Almanzar, Lee Upton, Andrew Whiteside


Ben Wylie replaced Upton 40 minutes

Lee O'Brien replaced Ferris 53 minutes

George Curran replaced Whiteside 69 minutes

Dean Corrigan replaced Corbett 72 minutes

U16 quest for victory shield success

Northern Ireland will be aiming to collect the trophy for only the second time in the competition’s history when they take part in this year’s Victory Shield.

The Under-16 Schoolboys international competition, which is organised by the Schools’ Association Football International Board, gets under way on Sunday at the Oriam sports complex in Edinburgh, which is part of Heriot-Watt University.

Northern Ireland have only won the shield once – in 2000-01 – since the current version was set up in 1947.

England have not entered for the past couple of years, so the U16s will be facing current holders Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in Edinburgh. The team is being managed by Irish FA elite performance coach Darren Murphy.

Northern Ireland will begin their quest for Victory Shield glory against hosts Scotland on Sunday followed by a tie against the Republic on Tuesday and a game against Wales next Friday.

The schedule for this year’s Victory Shield is:

Sunday 30 October

2pm - Scotland v Northern Ireland

5pm - Wales v Republic of Ireland

Tuesday 1 November

1pm - Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland

4pm - Scotland v Wales

Friday 4 November

12.30pm - Northern Ireland v Wales

3.30pm - Scotland v Republic of Ireland

The Northern Ireland Victory Shield squad for 2016 is:

Goalkeepers – Tiernan Parker (School: Onslow St Audrey’s Hatfield/Club: Luton Town), Paul McLaughlin (CBS Secondary Belfast/Glentoran);

Defenders – Jake Corbett (Dromore High School/Linfield), Ethan Warnock (Ashfield Boys’ School Belfast/Glentoran), Sam McClelland (Limavady Grammar/Coleraine), Dean Corrigan (Enniskillen Royal Grammar/Ballinamallard United), Barney McKeown (St Colman’s College Newry/Portadown), Jack Conlon (St Ronan’s College Lurgan/Portadown), Jack Scott (Tandragee Junior High/Linfield);

Midfielders – Ethan Galbraith (Glengormley High/Linfield), Lee O’Brien (Dunclug College Ballymena/Cliftonville), Jordon McEneff (St Columb’s College Derry-Londonderry/Coleraine), Andrew Whiteside (Coleraine Grammar/Coleraine), George Curran (Royal School Dungannon/Linfield), Paul McAdorey (St Patrick’s College Belfast/Cliftonville);

Forwards – Ben Wilson (St Columb’s College Derry-Londonderry/Coleraine), Christopher Conn (St Mary’s Grammar Belfast/Glentoran), Connor Farrelly (Corpus Christi Belfast/Cliftonville), Callum Ferris (Craigavon Senior High Lurgan/Portadown), Caolan McLaughlin (St Joseph’s Secondary Derry-Londonderry/Foyle Harps).

16's draw second game in Slovakia

Slovakia v Northern Ireland – U16 Schoolboys

Thursday 8th September 2016 – TNC Stadium Senec, 11.00 am

Match Report

Northern Ireland Under 16s draw second game in Slovakia

The Northern Ireland U16 team maintained its unbeaten record for the season with another creditable 1-1 draw in their international challenge match against Slovakia in Senec.  The opening period was evenly contested and the first chance fell to Callum Ferris after 17 minutes but the striker failed to connect with a great pass from Dean Corrigan and the Slovak keeper was quickly off his line to avert the danger.

Shortly afterwards Ferris did test the keeper with a shot into the top corner which was well held.  Slovakia then missed a great chance to break the deadlock but Michal Dopater shot straight at Scott Pengelly with only the keeper to beat.

Two minutes after the restart Dominik Bindics opened the scoring, running onto a pass from Patrik Myslovic to beat Pengelly with a low drive into the corner of the net.

The lead proved to be short lived as Jordan McEneff equalised with a brilliant goal 5 minutes later.  The Northern Ireland captain won the ball in midfield and advanced 10 yards before planting a left foot strike into the roof of the net.

Northern Ireland went close to gaining a victory in the closing stages but Barney McKeown headed against a defender when well placed and Lee O'Brien saw his 25 yard piledriver deflected past the post.

The Under 16 team will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run when they face Finland at Comber on Monday 12 September, kick off 6.00 pm, and again at Knockbreda on Wednesday, kick off 11.00 am.


FULL-TIME: Slovakia 1-1 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Team

Scott Pengelly, Jake Corbett, Barney McKeown, Jack Conlon, Jordan McEneff (c), Callum Ferris, Lee O'Brien, Paul McAdorey, Sean og Gallagher, Dean Corrigan, Jack Scott


George Curran replaced O'Brien 47 minutes

Lee Upton replaced Gallagher 47 minutes

Christopher Conn replaced Scott 58 minutes

Tyler Marsden replaced McKeown 58 minutes

O'Brien replaced McEneff 76 minutes



Under 16's draw opening game in Slovakia

Slovakia v Northern Ireland – U16 Schoolboys

Tuesday 6th September 2016 – Velky Biel Stadium Senec, 5.00 pm

Match Report

Northern Ireland Under 16s draw opening game in Slovakia

The Northern Ireland U16 team fought back well to earn a creditable 1-1 draw in their international challenge match against Slovakia in Senec.  However, it looked to be a different story at the start as Lukas Letenay put the home team ahead after 1 minute and 40 seconds with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.

Despite this early reverse Northern Ireland responded well with Jordan McEneff and Tyler Marsden showing fine form in midfield.  Lee O'Brien sent a deep cross to McEneff but his volley from 25 yards was tipped over the bar by the home keeper.

On the half hour Ivan Mesik missed a great chance to double the lead but shot straight at Paul McLaughlin from close range

After the interval Slovakia forced the pace and McLaughlin was in constant action, pulling off a series of good saves.  However, Northern Ireland was always very dangerous on the breakaway and drew level after 69 minutes when Jake Corbett made a great run down the right and pulled the ball back to Jack Scott.  The young striker found Callum Ferris who steadied himself before shooting low into the corner of the net.

The duo almost carved out the winner in the final minute as Scott again delivered a great pass to Ferris at the far post but this time his effort went just outside the upright.

The teams will meet again at the same venue on Thursday.


FULL-TIME: Slovakia 1-1 Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland Team

Paul McLaughlin, Jake Corbett, Ethan Warnock, Barney McKeown, Jack Conlon, Tyler Marsden, Caolan McLaughlin, Jordan McEneff (c), Callum Ferris, Christopher Conn, Lee O'Brien


Paul McAdorey replaced Marsden 52 minutes

Dean Corrigan replaced O'Brien 52 minutes

Jack Scott replaced Conn 52 minutes

George Curran replaced Caolan McLaughlin 62 minutes

Sean og Gallagher replaced McEneff 66 minutes


Lee Upton replaced Warnock 76 minutes

Northern Ireland U16’s start season in Estonia

Northern Ireland U16 squad have a busy international calendar in the run up to the Victory Shield at the end of October.  The squad fly out today for two internationals in Tallinn and then two weeks later have two games away to Slovakia.  The final preparation for the home nation’s tournament is home to Finland on the 12th and 14th September. Coach Darren Murphy has praised the Northern Ireland Schools Football Association for the upcoming games. Darren said “the more international experience the boys can the better, it’s fantastic for them to get to go away to big nations the likes of Slovakia before playing in the victory shield.  The Schools football association have done a great job organising the games which will give the players the best opportunity to impress and earn a place in the Victory Shield squad”.  

The Northern Ireland squad for the two international friendlies against Estonia is:

Conor Hitchen

Paul McLaughlin

Kian McGarvey

Jake Corbett

Callum Ferris

Daniel Smith

George Curran

Connor Farrelly

Paul McAdorey

Jordon McEneff

Barny McKeown

Caolan McLaughlin

Ruairi O’Hare

Jack Conlon

Mal Smith

Lee O’Brien

Ben Wilson

Jamie Glover 

Sean Og Gallagher



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


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