SIX EARN UNDER-21 CAPS

The NI Football League was well represented on Thursday evening when Northern Ireland U21s played out a 1-1 draw with their Hungarian counterparts in an international challenge match at Ballinamallard United's Ferney Park ground.

Manager Ian Baraclough named six domestic players amongst his 20-strong panel for the game against the 2021 UEFA European U21 Championships co-hosts with three of that number, namely Caolan Marron (Glenavon), Chris Gallagher (Glentoran) and Larne's Sean Graham, taking their place in the starting XI.

Gallagher might have made his mark in the first half with a low effort which unfortunately just flashed the wrong side of an upright.

After the break Gallagher's Glentoran team-mate Paul O'Neill got some game time, as did Ballymena United's Kofi Balmer and Harry Robinson (Crusaders).

Indeed, Robinson had a direct impact just seconds after coming on when the loose ball from his initial effort on 78 minutes fell for Alfie McCalmont to sweep Northern Ireland's equaliser past the visiting keeper.

The U21s are back in action on Tuesday evening at the Ballymena Showgrounds when they face Romania in an European Championship qualifier (kick-off 5:30pm).