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LIVE BLOG: England U16s v Northern Ireland U16s

Follow our live blog as Kenny Swain is looking to make it two wins out of two in this year’s Victory Shield. His Young Lions take on Northern Ireland at the Goldsands Stadium in Bournemouth this evening (7.35pm kick off).

Last month a single Charlie Wakefield strike gave them all three points against Wales to kickstart their search for a thirteenth successive title (two of which were shared in 2004 and 2006).

Northern Ireland beat Scotland 3-0 their opening fixture earlier this week in Ballymena, proving they’ll be no pushover on the south coast tonight.

Keep up to date with our live updates below:

A very even contest here at the Goldsands Stadium and while ENG were dominant in the first half, the chances dried up and NI capitalised. They came out all guns blazing in the second half and eventually the pressure told as Conaty headed the winner in the 71st minute. That prompted ENG to play their best football of the half but it was too little too late and NI held on for a surprising victory.

80+8 – FULL TIME: England 0 Northern Ireland 1

80+7 – Gribbin takes the free kick but it’s disappointing and easily cleared.

80+6 – It looked like the damage was to his ankle and he seemed to be in a lot of pain.

80+5 – Kerr is still down and the paramedics are on the pitch.

80+4 – It can’t be taken yet though as Kerr is down injured after a challenge from Muskwe.

80+3 – There’s another free kick here for ENG and King is booked for the challenge.

80+2 – ENG have a chance to level it up here with a free kick. It’s launched into the box and fired into the back of the net but the referee has spotted a foul and it stays at 1-0!

80+1 – ENG just can’t get it up the right end and NI have done very well to keep the pressure up after going ahead.

80 – Caulfield takes a speculative shot but skews it wide and we’re into five minutes of injury time.

79 – McClean is replaced by Kerr for NI.

78 – Muskwe tries a shot from distance but he scuffs it wide.

77 – ENG running out of time to get something from this game now.

76 – Edwards is brought down in the centre circle as he draws yet another foul.

75 – NI look dangerous when they break though and ENG need to be careful.

74 – McDermott makes a brilliant save from Muskwe as ENG ramp up the pressure.

73 – ENG go straight on the attack and win a corner but it comes to nothing. Johnson puts a high ball back into the box and there’s a mix up but NI get away with it and it bounces out for a goal kick.

72 – In a funny kind of way that might be exactly what ENG needed, as they have taken their foot off the gas since half time.

71 – GOAL: NI go one up. Gordon puts a good floating ball into the back post and Conaty is there to head the ball back across goal and to fire the away side in front. Conaty is booked for his celebration.

70 – Coulson drives forward from the left flank but scuffs his shot and it’s easily saved by McDermott.

69 – ENG win a free kick at the half way line as Kane is brought down.

68 – Corner now for NI and McClean is over it once more. Muskwe gets it clear from danger though.

67 – Henry is replaced by Olali.

66 – The game is back underway now and England play it out from the back.

65 – It looks like Henruy is suffering from cramp here and there’s going to be plenty of injury time. Could that be crucial for one of these sides?

The official attendance here at the Goldsands Stadium is 2810.

64 – Coulson does well at left back to stop Henry from breaking down the right and the NI man goes down injured.

63 – Green is replaced by Muskwe as well.

62 – Maddox comes off for Edwards too.

61 – Murray is stretchered off and is replaced by Nmecha.

60 – Crowe was also injured in the incident and has been replaced by Francis.

59 – Still not much movement from the far side of the pitch and there’s some worry over Murray here.

58 – There’s a lot of stewards surrounding Murray on the floor still.

57 – The replay of that tackle doesn’t show Crowe getting a lot of the ball and that could easily have been a penalty.

56 – Murray is absolutely clattered in the box by Crowe. It was a risky challenge but the ref deems it a fair one.

55 – They win another corner and McClean drifts it in but Johnson clears.

54 – The corner is well defended but NI are building a head of steam now.

53 – Although they have some defending to do here and Arnold did well to make a crucial block.

52 – ENG beginning to assert their authority on this half now.

51 – Edwards is over the ball but his shot hits the wall.

50 – Edwards picks up the ball again and is cut up by Crowe and it’s an ENG free kick.

49 – Edwards has his first meaningful run of the half but can’t find a teammate.

48 – ENG need to have a spell of possession to get back on top here.

47 – NI mount another attack but it comes to nothing and rolls out for a goal kick.

46 – The half has started at a high tempo but neither team can get a grip on the game.

45 – The ball is whipped in but no one in a NI shirt can get near to it.

44 – NI have a free kick in a promising position on the right now.

43 – ENG try to hit straight back on the counter but Smyth makes a crucial tackle.

42 – NI have an early corner here but it’s well cleared by Coulson.

41 – Caulfield came on for Walker and Kane came on for Diallo for the only changes at half time.

40 – The game is back underway.

40+1 – The referee blows for half time and on balance you would have to say that ENG can consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead. The home side have created a host of chances but need to make one count or they could find themselves caught on the break and behind to a resolute NI side.

40 – Assiana nearly connects with a header from the corner but Henry heads away just in time.

39 – Johnson takes matters into his own hands and charges through from the back and McDermott gets down well to save his shot.

38 – Edwards jinxes his way into the box, twisting and turning the whole way, but the end product doesn’t match the build up and it’s a goal kick.

37 – Conaty tries his luck down the left hand side but to ENG defend well and it comes to nothing.

36 – Green breaks into the box but tries a skill when a shot might have been the better option and it trickles out for a goal kick.

35 – The quick counter nearly caught ENG out and NI win a free kick. The ball drops to Conaty 10 yards out but he can’t hit the target.

34 – The resulting corner comes to nothing and NI can counter.

33 – Edwards again starts a move which ends with a very good save from McDermott from Gribbin’s low shot.

32 – Edwards is looking dangerous now. He releases Hector-Ingram whose shot is cleared off the line by King.

31 – Kerr finds some room down the right for NI but Johnson does well again at the back.

30 – Assiana tries to find Arnold out wide but his pass only goes out for a throw.

29 – Gribbin has an effort on goal but it’s easily saved and NI soak up another wave of ENG attack.

28 – Walker has a run at the ENG defence but Johnson does just enough to keep him out.

27 – Edwards tries to release Hector-Ingram but his ball is dispossessed by Smyth.

26 – Gribbin is the next man to have an effort on goal but it’s well blocked by King.

25 – Edwards tries to do one skill too many and ends up giving the ball away in a promising position.

24 – Assiana is doing well at the back to stop any NI attacks from developing.

23 – Great effort from Green there to almost but England ahead and they would deserve the lead.

22 – Green steps up to take the free kick and it smashes the bar!

21 – Edwards shows some brilliant close control and wins a free kick just outside the box.

20 – Green finds some space from the left hand side and gets his shot away but it’s comfortably saved by McDermott.

19 – Maddox shows he can defend too with a vital interception in his own box.

18 – NI are coming into the game a bit more now and the ENG defence have some work to do.

17 – But Conaty is through on goal here but is shot cannons off the post and ENG escape.

16 – ENG are mounting sustained pressure on NI now and could soon get the breakthrough.

15 – Coulson makes his first run from left back and gets to the edge of the box before he’s challenged well by Kerr.

14 – Maddox is heavily involved here. He puts a low ball into the box but Hector-Ingram’s resulting shot skews over.

13 – Maddox and Diallo combine well but the NI defence is standing strong.

12 – Maddox makes a run inside and tries to feed Arnold but overhits his pass and it’s a goal kick.

11 – McCulloch comes charging out of his area to clear a long ball over the top and just beats Walker to the ball.

10 – Big penalty shout as Edwards is fouled in the box but nothing given by the referee.

9 – Assiana runs powerfully at the NI defence and wins a corner for ENG.

8 – Northern Island win a corner but it’s easily cleared.

7 – Arnold concedes a free kick for a high boot. McClean puts a very nice ball in but McCulloch is equal to it.

6 – Green puts in another good ball, this time from the left, but there’s no one in the middle to meet it.

5 – The corner comes to nothing but England keep up the pressure.

4 – Arnold puts the first convincing cross of the game in and England win a corner.

3 – A darting run by Coulson is stopped well by Smyth at the back.

2 – Maddox has started brightly for England and has drawn a few fouls already.

1 – Assiana commits a foul within the first thirty seconds but it doesn’t trouble the England defence.

0 – Northern Ireland get today’s game underway here at the Goldsands Stadium.

England XI: McCulloch, Arnold, Coulson, Diallo, Assiana, Johnson (C), Maddox, Gribbin, Hector-Ingram, Edwards, Green

Northern Ireland XI: McDermott, Kerr (C), Mulligan, Smyth, King, Henry, McClean, Crowe, Conaty, Gordon, Walker

This blog is set-up as part of the project #TacklingFootballsFuture. You can find the latest news and analysis looking at the issues with English football and the potential solutions by clicking here.

England squad: Cameron McCulloch (Manchester City), Taye Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); Joshua Murray (Manchester City), Trent Arnold (Liverpool), Elan Assiana (Manchester City), Darnell Johnson (Leicester City), Jack Vann (Leeds United), Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough); Jacob Maddox (Chelsea), Diallo Sadou (Manchester City), Callum Gribbin (Manchester United), Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur), Herbie Kane (Liverpool), Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion); Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City) Admiral Muskwe (Leicester City), Jahmal Hector-Ingram (West Ham United), Andre Green (Aston Villa).

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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