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Northern Ireland Under-21s maintain winning start with late victory over Albania

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Northern Ireland's Liam Donnelly, left, battles for the ball

Northern Ireland's Liam Donnelly, left, battles for the ball

Northern Ireland's Liam Donnelly, left, battles for the ball

Liam Donnelly's last-minute penalty gave Northern Ireland Under-21s a 1-0 victory against Albania.

The game looked to be heading for a disappointing stalemate at Glenavon before Paul Smyth won the spot-kick and Donnelly converted it to make it two wins from as many matches in European Championship qualifying.

Chances were few and far between with the hosts' best efforts coming from David Parkhouse and Smyth, but both were off target and did not work the goalkeeper.

Albania nearly took a surprise lead after 68 minutes as a looping header from Fiorin Durmishaj dropped on to the roof of the net.

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