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Premiership

YOUNG TALENT SHINES FOR UNDER-21s

12 Nov 2021
football
© PressEye Paul O'Neill celebrates scoring for the U21s

Cliftonville's Paul O'Neill was on the scoresheet for Northern Ireland U21s as they swept to a four goal victory over Lithuania in a European qualifier at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

O'Neill scored from the spot two minutes before the break to double Northern Ireland's lead and was one of five Danske Bank Premiership players named by boss John Schofield in his starting XI.

Of those Linfield's Trai Hume, Larne's Kofi Balmer (captain) and Oisin Smyth (Dungannon Swifts) played the full 90 minutes with O'Neill played for 72 minutes before being replaced by Newry City's John McGovern who quickly made his mark by providing the assist for Alfie McCalmont to knock home Northern Ireland's third.

Ryan Waide (Ballymena United) also started, clocking up 83 minutes before making way for Carl Johnston while, in addition, Portadown's Harry Anderson was an unused substitute.

The U21s are next in action on Tuesday night when they face Malta at Mourneview Park, kick-off 7:30pm.