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If you're not in Latvia come to Lurgan

By Stuart McKinley

Roy Millar is calling upon the home guard of the Green and White Army to come out in force tonight in support of his young international hopefuls.

The next generation of Northern Ireland stars will take on their German counterparts at Mourneview Park in a European under-21 qualifying clash.

Last month the Northern Ireland boys showed their character in coming from a goal down to beat Finland 2-1 in a friendly at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Not that there were many there to witness it as just a couple of hundred people turned out.

Millar is hoping it will be a different case tonight.

"I was very disappointed with the crowd at Ballymena," said Millar.

"When you think that 14,000 people were at Windsor Park the following evening creating a great atmosphere it looks bad.

"All 14,000 can't go to Latvia for the senior team's game on Saturday, so our match is a chance for them to see their country in action this weekend.

"Hopefully a lot of those who have stayed at home will come and give us their support and help create the kind of atmosphere they do at Windsor Park. "

Millar has suffered one injury withdrawal with Scunthorpe's Martin Paterson returning to his club after his hamstring injury failed to respond to treatment.

That will mean Irish League duo Thomas Stewart of Linfield and Glentoran's Daryl Fordyce lining up together in attack.

Fordyce will fancy himself for a goal having scored in last November's friendly against the Germans, which Northern Ireland lost 2-1.

"The squad is in good spirits having beaten Moldova and Finland in our last two games and most of the squad played at the Milk Cup when we did well too," said Millar.

Tonight's game has a 7.30pm kick-off and admission is £5 for adults and £3 concession.

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