Wednesday 17 January 2018

Northern Ireland Under-21s suffer late heartbreak against Iceland

Jim Magilton's side are still waiting for their first win of the campaign
Jim Magilton's side are still waiting for their first win of the campaign

An 87th-minute goal by Iceland's Heidar Aegisson denied Northern Ireland Under-21s just their second point of their European Championship qualifying campaign.

Twelve months on from their previous point in the group against the same opponent, Jim Magilton's side had chances to register their first victory of the campaign at Mourneview Park but ended up losing 1-0 to the Icelandics, who remain unbeaten after seven games.

Everton teenager Shayne Lavery came close with two first-half attempts and substitute Louis Rooney, making his bow at this level, saw an attempt hacked away having beaten goalkeeper Runar Runarsson.

Northern Ireland's own stopper Conor Mitchell had made a terrific double save in the first half but he was eventually beaten near the death by Aegisson.

Magilton's side now travel to Skopje for a clash against Macedonia on Tuesday.

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