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Thursday 23 Mar 2017
Manager Wilson says Centenary Shield win is achievable

Northern Ireland will travel to England on Friday 24th March for their second Centenary Shield game after a disappointing final 10 minutes against Republic of Ireland in their opening match of the tournament.

Northern Ireland go into the game at Torquay needing a win to kick-start their campaign and manager Frankie Wilson is looking forward to the challenge;

“I'm looking forward to the game. We go into the match in Torquay as underdogs as England had a fantastic win in Scotland. 

"All the scouting reports concur that the English boys are a well organised and talented group.  We go into the game after a disappointing result against the Republic. A game we should have won. 

"Our training has gone to plan and we have a full squad to pick from. Bobby Burns will captain the side and we hope he takes his club Knockbreda scoring form into the game.

"Motivation will not be an issue, the staff and the players will relish playing against the English.

"I think after watching the Ireland v England rugby game on Saturday it helped us all believe that by using team unity and collective responsibility a win is achievable. Never write off the underdog.”

Northern Ireland U18 Squad:
Conor Larkin – Drumcree College – Portadown
Eamon Scannell – Corpus Christi College – Linfield
Cristopher Crane – Corpus Christi College – Cliftonville
Eoin Toal – St Patricks Armagh – Armagh City 
Aaron Donnelly – Belfast Met – Cliftonville
Bobby Burns – St Malachy’s College – Glenavon 
Andy Scott – Drumragh Integrated College – Maiden City
Lorcan Forde – Abbey Grammar Newry – Warrenpoint town 
Fra Nolan – Belfast Met – Ballymena 
Daniel Reynolds – Belfast Met – Cliftonville 
Niall Owens – St Michael’s College – Ballinamallard 
Caolin Coyle – Northern Regional College – Dungannon Swifts 
Decky Dunne – Mercy College – Cliftonville 
Thomas Roscoe – Wallace high school – Dungannon Swifts 
Conall Young – Belfast Met – Glenavon 
Matthew Kirk – St Columb’s College – Newbuildings 
Jack O’Mahony – Slemish College – Glenavon 
Ryan Strain – Northern Regional College – Linfield