Mitchell and Dummigan enjoy Northern Ireland draw

22 March 2013 08:57
Northern Ireland had landed themselves a very difficult group in the UEFA Under-17 Elite group and last night faced the tough task of playing hosts Holland in the opening round. Cameron Dummigan

The two Burnley players, goalkeeper Conor Mitchell and right back Cameron Dummigan, were both in the starting line up against a Dutch team who were clear favourites.

They soon established themselves in the game too, taking a tenth minute lead through Dabney Souza. If that wasn't bad enough, the lead was doubled two minutes before half time with right wing back Stef Gronsveld scoring the goal.

The second half, however, was all Northern Ireland. Just past the hour they pulled a goal back. Substitute Mikhail Kennedy (Charlton) had been on only a minute when he reduced the deficit and then four minutes from time he set up Joshua Tracy (Derry) for the equaliser.

Both of the Clarets played the full game and the performance pleased coach Stephen Robinson who knew how difficult this tournament would be for them. Ahead of it he said: "We have a chance as we are an organised side. I know we have very talented players but I also know that this is a big step up for us.

"Many of our boys are still playing in Irish League football, but they will be lining up against players from some of the top clubs in Europe.

Italy beat Norway 1-0 in the other game in the group and it is Norway who Northern Ireland face next and that game will be played tomorrow afternoon.

Source: Clarets Mad