The Republic of Ireland schools international side ended their Centenary Shield campaign with a disappointing 5-2 defeat to England at Whitehall last night.
The Irish led 2-1 at the break with strikes from Evan Murphy and John Martin but England fought back strongly to score four second half goals to claim the win.
Derry City U19 pair Connor Gormley, a pupil at Loreto Community School Milford and Sean McBride of St. Columba’s College Stranorlar made second half appearances coming off the bench on 68 and 75 minutes respectively.
Northern Ireland had a comprehensive 3-0 win over Wales on Wednesday evening to secure the 2017 title but they must wait for the result of next week’s encounter between England and Wales to see if they share the trophy or win it outright.
Gormley and McBride will now turn their attention back to the Under-19 league and step up preparations for their next fixture which is away to bottom of the table Athlone Town next weekend.
Derry City forward Ronan Curtis has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Round fixture with Kosovo on Saturday 25th March.
Ronan is a former Derry City Under-19 player and is currently a prominent member of Kenny Shiels’ first team panel at the Brandywell.
Curtis, signed for the Candy Stripes from Donegal outfit Swilly Rovers and made his Under-19 debut in a two nil win away to Letterkenny Rovers in September 2013, finishing his first season at the club with eight goals.
The 20-year-old has excelled in Derry’s player development programme and went on to score seventeen goals in the 2104 season, were the Under-19 side disappointingly finished runners-up in three competitions – the Northern Elite Division, Enda McGuill Cup and the National League Final.
The talented forward harbours hopes of securing a move across the water and a call up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad can only help him to fulfil that ambition.
Derry City U19s Adrian Delap, receiving his International Cap, having represented FAI Schools in the 2016 Centenary Shield competition. (Picture credit FAI Schools)
Northern Ireland Under 18 schoolboys concluded their short tour of the Channel Islands on Thursday evening with a comprehensive 8-2 win against Jersey U18s.
Derry City’s Ronan Wilson and Sean Toland enjoyed a productive evening with Sean scoring in the second half and Ronan picking up the man of the match award.
Other scorers on the night where Nathaniel Ferris (3), David Parkhouse (3) and one from Matt Henry.
Well done to both lads and we wish them the best of luck in the 2016 Centenary Shield competition.
Northern Ireland U18 v – Kane, Wilson, Marron, Hamill, McCracken, Nimmick, Anderson, McGaw, Parkhouse, Young, Jallow
Derry City U19 duo Sean Toland and Ronan Wilson were named in the starting line-up for Northern Ireland Schoolboys in tonight’s friendly against Guernsey U21’s.
Goals from Nathaniel Ferris, David Parkhouse x2 and Lloyd Anderson secured a 4-1 win for joint managers Frankie Wilson and Conor Marlin.
Northern Ireland schoolboys are playing two friendlies against Guernsey and Jersey this week in preparation for their 2016 Centenary Shield campaign which kicks off on Friday 26th February away to Scotland.
The game against Jersey will take place this Thursday, 4th February.
Northern Ireland Schools U18: Ferguson, Wilson, Connery, Marrion, Neale, Nimick, Cafolla, Henry, Toland, Ferris, Young.
Derry City Under 19s Conor McDermott in action for Northern Ireland schoolboys in their 6-1 win against Guernsey FA U21s on Monday night.
Northern Ireland schoolboys are playing two friendlies against Guernsey and Jersey this week in preparation for the 2015 Centenary Shield which kicks off in March.
On Wednesday night they defeated Jersey by one goal to nil.
Pictures from Andy Dovey Photography