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Four Coleraine players called-up

Northern Ireland 4 Australia 0

Goal scorers: 17’ Michael Harkin 70’ James Douglas 89’ 91’ Sam McClintock

Four Coleraine players lined up for Northern Ireland’s Under-18 Schoolboys’ team against Australia.

Senan Devine, Alfie Gaston, Michael Harkin and Sam McClintock were named in the squad for the international friendly as part of preparations for the annual Centenary Shield competition, which gets under way at the end of next month with Harkin netting on the 70th minute and McClintock scoring in the 91st minute.

The game against an Under-18/Under-19 Australia side was played at the Blanchflower Stadium in Belfast on Monday.

Simon Nicks is managing the Northern Ireland Schools’ FA-run team – it is supported by the Irish FA Foundation – and he has chosen an 18-strong panel for the game against the Australians and two matches away to Jersey Select teams at the end of January.

The Under-18 Schoolboys are due to kick off their Centenary Shield campaign with a game against England at the Blanchflower Stadium on Friday, February 23, kick-off 7 p.m.. Two players in the latest Under-18 squad were included in the panel for the annual challenge match against Australia last year. Defender Callan Farley started that game a year ago – Australia won 3-1 – and goalkeeper Ryan Kerr was an unused substitute.

Next Monday at the same venue in east Belfast, an Irish FA JD Academy Under-15/Under-16 side will face an Under-16/Under-17 Australia Schoolboys’ side. Kick-off 7.30 p.m. kick-off, entry free.

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