Saturday 16 December 2017

Northern Ireland U21s move back to Group Two summit after beating Estonia

Dale Gorman scored for Norther Ireland U21s
Dale Gorman scored for Norther Ireland U21s

Northern Ireland Under-21s moved to the top of Euro 2019 qualifying Group Two with a 4-2 home victory against Estonia at Mourneview Park.

Ryan Johnson and Dale Gorman scored either side of two goals from the visitors in an entertaining first half, before two second-half efforts from Mark Sykes sealed the win.

Johnson gave Northern Ireland the perfect start when he scored in the opening goal after just two minutes but close-range tap-ins from Frank Liivak and Rauno Sappinen turned the game on its head.

A lovely long-range strike by Gorman levelled things up heading in to the break before Glenavon's Sykes restored the host's lead.

Sykes' 30-yard strike then led to the fourth goal, with the ball finding the back of the net via the back of the Estonian goalkeeper.

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