Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 2
Northern Ireland U211Albania U210

European Under-21 Championship, Group Two: Northern Ireland U21 1-0 Albania U21

Northern Ireland's Under-21s celebrate after Liam Donnelly's injury-time penalty
Northern Ireland lead Group Two on a maximum six points although favourites Spain have yet to play

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Liam Donnelly's late penalty earned Northern Ireland a 1-0 win over Albania in the European Under-21 Championship qualifier at Mourneview Park.

Donnelly netted in the fifth minute of stoppage time to maintain Northern Ireland's 100% record in Group Two after the opening 2-1 win over Estonia.

Hartlepool United defender Donnelly also scored a late penalty to win the qualifier in Estonia.

Northern Ireland Under-21s failed to win a game in their previous campaign.

However, new manager Ian Baraclough has turned around the team's fortunes dramatically since being appointed in May.

Donnelly's penalty in Thursday's win at the Lurgan venue came after Albanian midfielder Keidi Bare had been sent off.

The game looked set to be heading for stalemate before Paul Smyth, QPR's recent signing from Linfield, won the penalty.

Earlier, chances had been few and far between with the hosts' best efforts coming from David Parkhouse and Smyth.

Albania also went close on 68 minutes when a header from Fiorin Durmishaj looped inches over the crossbar.

The Northern Ireland Under-21s will be back in action on Tuesday night when they are away to Slovakia who, along with group favourites Spain, have yet to start their campaign.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 31st August 2017

As It Stood


1Croatia U2111003033
2Belarus U2111001013
3Moldova U21210123-13
4Czech Rep U2100000000
5Greece U2100000000
6San Marino U21200203-30


1Northern Ireland U2122003126
2Estonia U21201112-11
3Albania U21201101-11
4Iceland U2100000000
5Slovakia U2100000000
6Spain U2100000000


1Denmark U2111003033
2Lithuania U2111003033
3Finland U2100000000
4Georgia U2100000000
5Poland U2100000000
6Faroe Islands U21200206-60


1Andorra U2110100001
2Latvia U2110100001
3England U2100000000
4Netherlands U2100000000
5Scotland U2100000000
6Ukraine U2100000000


1R. of Ireland U2111001013
2Israel U2111003123
3Kosovo U2121013123
4Germany U2100000000
5Azerbaijan U21100113-20
6Norway U21100103-30


1Belgium U2111002113
2Cyprus U2100000000
3Hungary U2100000000
4Sweden U2100000000
5Turkey U2100000000
6Malta U21100112-10


1Armenia U2121103034
2Austria U2111003033
3Russia U2110100001
4Macedonia U2100000000
5Serbia U2100000000
6Gibraltar U21200206-60


1Switzerland U2111001013
2Bosnia and Herzegovina U2121016153
3Romania U2111002023
4Portugal U2100000000
5Wales U2100000000
6Liechtenstein U21200208-80


1Kazakhstan U2111002113
2Bulgaria U2100000000
3France U2100000000
4Montenegro U2100000000
5Slovenia U2100000000
6Luxembourg U21100112-10
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