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Northern Ireland young guns are in fine fettle ahead of Victory Shield mission

Estonia 1-2 Northern Ireland

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland’s Under-16s recorded an impressive 2-1 victory over Estonia in their international challenge match in Tallinn as they continue to prepare for the Victory Shield at the end of October.

It looked like the game might go in a completely different direction when Estonia’s Frank Liblikmann scored one of the fastest goals in international history after just 22 seconds.

But Lee O’Brien had an effort disallowed for offside and Ben Wilson rattled the bar from 20 yards as the visitors began to dominate.

And their equaliser came in the 28th minute when captain Jordan McEneff slotted home after an inter-passing move that carved open the hosts’ defence.

Barney McKeown came close to scoring in the second half as Northern Ireland continued to control matters, but the winner came from the head of an Estonian player in the 65th minute.

Jamie Glover floated in a corner from the right and, under pressure from Kian McGarvey, the ball was eventually deflected into his own net by the unfortunate Kristjan Pelt, handing Northern Ireland the win.

Northern Ireland: McLaughlin (Hitchen 40), Corbett, Conlon, McKeown (O’Hare 61), Smith (McGarvey 47), McEneff (c), Wilson, O’Brien (Glover 47), O’Gallagher, Ferris (Curran 47), Farrelly (Smith 61).

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