Derry Schoolboys on Sky on Thursday

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Northern Ireland entertain Kenny Swain’s England Under-16 team this Thursday night in the Victory Shield, the match to be televised live on Sky Sports. (7.35 p.m.)

And the N. Ireland side, managed by Desi Curry, will include two St. Columb’s College pupils.

The England team, which boasts a host of young players currently attached to top Premiership clubs, will be considered strong favourites to win the game and Curry is under no illusions about the task facing his young team.

“Undoubtedly England will start favourites, but we go into the game brimming with confidence after two 2-0 wins over Finland last week. The last time Northern Ireland did the ‘double’ over Finland, the team defeated England 1-0 in their next game and went on to win the Victory Shield.

“I hope that history will be repeated on Thursday night. This is as talented a group of players as we have had for some years. The defence was very solid against the Finns while it’s been some time since a Northern Ireland striker scored three goals in two games as Andrew Mooney did. With the backing of a vociferous home crowd to spur the boys on, we can make things uncomfortable for the English” added Curry.

The game will be televised live by Sky TV. Any school or youth group wishing to attend the game can obtain a group pass by emailing edwinferris@yahoo.co.uk

The N. Ireland Under-16 team squad includes Ben Doherty and Conor Quigley from St. Columb’s College