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Tuesday 19 Sep 2023
Northern Ireland U16s to face Finland and Estonia

Northern Ireland’s Under-16s will play their counterparts from Finland and Estonia during a training camp in Co Fermanagh next week.

First up is the game against the Finns, which is being staged at Ferney Park in Ballinamallard on Tuesday 26 September. Kick-off time is 7pm.

The international challenge match against the Estonians is scheduled for Thursday 28 September. The home of Ballinamallard United FC will once again be the venue – and that game is also due to kick off at 7pm.

The camp for the U16s will run from this Sunday until next Thursday and it will include training sessions on grass and 3G, wellness and recovery sessions plus study time.

The players in the Northern Ireland U16s squad are either students at the Irish FA JD Academy based at Ulster University Jordanstown or are involved in the Irish FA’s National Performance Programme.  

The team will be coached by Kris Lindsay (Irish FA/UEFA Academy Manager) and Andy Waterworth (Irish FA Head of Elite Player Development) – and they have chosen a 20-strong panel to take part in the camp.

The Northern Ireland U16s squad for next week’s games against Finland and Estonia is:

Goalkeepers – Zak Robinson (Linfield), Lucas Fry (Glenavon).

Defenders – Alex Watson, Callum Leacock and Callum Anderson (all Linfield), Darragh McCann and Jayden Charnley (both Glentoran), Noah McDonnell (Larne), Harry Moran (Liverpool).

Midfielders – Troy Savage (Glenavon), Jack Faloona (Glentoran), Glenn McCourt (Derry City), Matthew Burns (Coleraine), Christian Coyle (Bohemians).

Forwards – Kallum Thompson, Ceadach O’Neill, Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen (all Linfield), Chris Atherton (Glenavon), George Feeney (Glentoran).

Image: Northern Ireland U16 midfielder Troy Savage