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Jim Magilton’s Northern Under-21s aiming to make a difference with first win

By Staff Reporter

Manager Jim Magilton is hoping that his Northern Ireland Under-21s can make things interesting at the top of their Euro 2017 qualifying group, even if they themselves cannot qualify for the finals.

Northern Ireland are currently bottom of Group 3 with just one draw to their name after seven games, and face Macedonia tonight (5.45pm kick-off) looking for their first win of the campaign.

Manager Magilton has named a youthful squad as he looks to build for their next qualifying campaign, which will be for the 2019 European Championships, but he will still believe that his side can cause an upset along the way.

Macedonia currently lie joint top of the table with Iceland, who defeated Northern Ireland 1-0 at Mourneview Park on Friday night, and know a win would put them within touching distance of next summer’s finals in Poland.

It will be a stern test for Magilton’s side, who lost the home fixture 2-1, but it is a great chance for them to make a big difference in the group standings.

Northern Ireland have two more fixtures to complete their group campaign, away to Ukraine and at home to France in early October, with Magilton likely to name another young squad as he builds for the future.

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