Greens hold the Irish

Guernsey Academy U21s 0, Northern Ireland Schools U18s 0

Goalless at Northfield: River Marsh reacts to a loose ball in the international friendly at Northfield between the Guernsey U21s and Northern Ireland U18s. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1302912)
Goalless at Northfield: River Marsh reacts to a loose ball in the international friendly at Northfield between the Guernsey U21s and Northern Ireland U18s. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1302912)

Guernsey Academy U21s 0, Northern Ireland Schools U18s 0

WILLIAM WOODFORD’S reign as Guernsey under-21 coach started in encouraging fashion after picking up a deserved draw in this friendly international at Northfield – less than three weeks before his inter-insular bow.

After a superb second-half showing that was more than a match for the visiting Northern Irish, the Sarnians can perhaps count themselves unfortunate that they did not nick a winner, with substitute Seb Skillen coming closest.

But after riding their luck on a couple of occasions during the first half of a cracking encounter, Woodford was pleased with his side’s efforts.

‘I think they [Northern Ireland] started very well and played at a high tempo that we took some time to adjust to,’ he said.