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Victory Shield: Northern Ireland Preview

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Northern Ireland make the trip to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh with the aim of claiming the Sky Sports Victory Shield for only the second time in their history.
The champions back in 2000/01, being managed by Irish FA elite performance coach Darren Murphy, open the competition against the hosts, Scotland. They are aiming to improve on their third place last year, however, did beat the Scots by a solitary goal in last year’s edition.
Northern Ireland come in to this year’s edition on the back on some good results in the build-up. This includes two victories away in Estonia in August (1-0 and 2-1) before friendlies away in Slovakia. Both ended one a piece as Northern Ireland fought back in both games to keep their unbeaten run.
After Scotland on Sunday, it is a battle between the two Irelands as Northern face Republic on Tuesday before ending the tournament against current holders Wales.
Northern Ireland Squad
Paul McLaughlin – Glentoran
Tiernan Parker – Luton Town
Jack Conlon – Portadown
Jake Corbett – Linfield
Dean Corrigan – Ballinamallard United
Sam McClelland – Coleraine
Barney McKeown – Portadown
Jack Scott – Linfield
Ethan Warnock – Glentoran
George Curran – Linfield
Ethan Galbraith – Linfield
Paul McAdorey – Cliftonville
Jordon McEneff – Coleraine
Lee O’Brien – Cliftonville
Andrew Whiteside – Coleraine
Christopher Conn – Glentoran
Connor Farrelly – Cliftonville
Callum Ferris – Portadown
Caolan McLaughlin – Foyle Harps
Ben Wilson - Coleraine

Craig Edwards | YFS East Region Journalist
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