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Premiership

O'NEILL ON TARGET AGAIN FOR U21s

13 Oct 2020
football
© PressEye Paul O'Neill is congratulated by Ciaron Brown
Glentoran striker Paul O'Neill bagged the winner for Northern Ireland U21s as they defeated Ukraine in an European Championship qualifier at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
 
O'Neill grabbed the only goal of the game just after the hour with an acrobatic finish to turn Ciaron Brown's ball into the box past keeper Anatolii Trubin.
 
It follows on from O'Neill's double against Finland at the same venue on Friday to cap a memorable few days for the 20-year-old.
 
O'Neill was one of three domestic-based starters for Andy Crosby's side. Portadown's Nathan Kerr and Glentoran defender Caolan Marron both played the full 90 minutes, while O'Neill was replaced with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining by Kerr's Portadown team-mate Lee Bonis.
 
A third Glentoran representative, Bobby Burns, made an appearance in the closing moments of the game while a further four players from Danske Bank Premiership were unused substitutes, namely Andy Scott (Larne), Kofi Balmer (Ballymena United), Ross Larkin (Linfield) and Aaron Donnelly (Cliftonville).