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NORTHERN IRELAND DOWN THE AUSSIES

Release Date: 24/01/2008

Two late goals gave the Northern Ireland Schools Under 18 team an emphatic 3-0 victory over Australia at Irvinestown.

Under 18
Northern Ireland 3 v 0 Australia
Venue: Irvinestown
Date: 23-01-2008

Northern Ireland had dominated the opening exchanges with David McDaid's lob as early as the second minute almost catching Aussie keeper David Lowery off his line.  Five minutes later a clever cushioned header by Andrew Hall created an opening for Gary Thompson but the Linfield midfielder sliced his shot wide of the post.

After a series of corners the pressure finally paid off on 26 minutes as Northern Ireland opened the scoring.  Seamus Sharkey rose high to head down a corner by Mark Nicell.  Lowery got a hand to the ball but Aaron Haire reacted quickly to blast the ball into the roof of the net.

Australia improved after the break with midfielder Jesse Pinto catching the eye with some darting runs.  With 8 minutes remaining Samuel Stewart doubled the lead with a simple tap in following good work by Sean Ferry.

One minutes later Adam McKinney completed the scoring by netting with a left foot drive from the edge of the box.

No.

First Name

Surname

School

1

Matthew

Quinn

DevenishCollege

2

Chris

Coleman

Lismore Comprehensive

3

Ross

Redman

PortadownCollege

4

Martin

Hamilton

St. Brigid's, Derry

5

Seamus

Sharkey

St. Peter's, Derry

6

Grant

Hutchinson

Portora Royal

7

Andrew

Hall

BelfastHigh School

8

Gary

Thompson

Downpatrick Technical

9

David

McDaid

St. Peter's, Derry

10

Aaron

Haire

St. Michael's, Lurgan

11

Mark

Nicell

St. Columb's College

 

SUBSTITUTES

  

12

Paul

Fisher

Edmund Rice College

13

Kris

McAdam

PortadownCollege

14

Samuel

Stewart

PortadownCollege

15

Colum

Curtis

St. Mary's CBGS

16

Adam

McKinney

Northern Regional College

17

Conor

McLaughlin

St. Mary's CBGS

18

Sean

Ferry

Holy Cross Strabane

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