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Sunday 19 Nov 2023
U15s | Three wins from three as Northern Ireland defeat Luxembourg

Northern Ireland U15s rounded off their UEFA development tournament with victory over Luxembourg at Newry Showgrounds.

Having already defeated Faroe Islands and Latvia, Northern Ireland banked a 2-1 win to make it three wins from three.

Luxembourg started the brighter of the two sides and took the lead on 15 minutes. A mis-hit cross from the left caught Northern Ireland goalkeeper Matthew Hayman off-guard and crept in at the front post.

And the visitors could have doubled their lead minutes later but for a sharp save with his feet from Hayman.

Northern Ireland grew into the game and on the 30-minute mark were awarded a penalty when the lively Coran Madden was fouled in the box. Madden then dusted himself down to take the spot-kick but his effort was well saved by the Luxembourg stopper.

Northern Ireland had further chances when Luke Hawe hit the post and Emmett Morrison saw his goal bound effort deflected over the bar.

The equaliser did eventually come towards the end of the first session when Hawe converted a header at the back post after Luxembourg failed to clear a corner. 

Spurred on by that goal, Northern Ireland deservedly took the lead mid-way through the second half when Joel Kerr teed up Hawe who slotted home.

Northern Ireland: Matthew Hayman, Paul Stanfield, Charlie Campbell, Calum Anderson, Sean Cassidy, Caleb Sweeney, Emmett Morrison, Coran Madden, Fintan McArdle, Luke Hawe, Joel Kerr.

Subs: Freddie Murdock, Stephen Kelly, Jake Hirthe (not used) Kyle Chivers, Jack May, Ryan Lagan, Adam Dolan, Eamonn Tohill.