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Tuesday 07 Jul 2020
Mark Sykes and Paul Smyth on their way to Wembley

Northern Ireland youngsters Paul Smyth and Mark Sykes are both on their way to Wembley. 

The pair will go head-to-head in next week’s EFL League One play-off final (13 July) after Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers booked spots in the winner-takes-all match.

Sykes - a star in Ian Baraclough’s U21 side who has been part of full international squads - played 86 minutes for Oxford who eventually saw off Portsmouth on penalties at the Kassam Stadium. 

His international team-mate and QPR loanee Smyth, who scored a memorable debut goal against Korea Republic in March 2018, was an unused sub as Wanderers’ 2-2 draw with Fleetwood was enough to see them through 6-3 on aggregate.