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Northern Ireland game Pole-axed by volcanic ash cloud

The Northern Ireland Under-23 team — which is made up of Carling Premiership players — will now face Poland in the autumn after tonight’s meeting at Coleraine was postponed.

The Polish team’s flight from Warsaw to Dublin was cancelled as the ash cloud caused by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland once again grounded flights across Europe.

And with no alternative means of transport available that would get them to Northern Ireland in time the International Challenge Trophy group contest will now be played early next season.

Ronnie McFall had brought his 18-man squad together for two training sessions last week in preparation for the game, after drawing with Wales in their opening fixture, but that preparation has now been in vain.

Northern Ireland will also face Portugal later this year.

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