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Release Date: 07/09/2012

NORTHERN Ireland U21s succumbed to three second half goals as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of visitors Macedonia in their latest UEFA qualifier at the Oval.

Stephen Robinson's side got off to a great start after Josh Magennis had headed them in front on 10 minutes from an Andrew Mitchell corner.

Macedonia levelled three minutes into the second half courtesy of a Stefan Spirovski free-kick while, on 72 minutes, Filip Timov edged the visitors into the lead after he got on the end of a David Babunski pass.

Northern Ireland were reduced to ten men in stoppage time following Conor McLaughlin's dismissal for picking up a second yellow card.

But there was still time for Aleksandar Stankov to add a third for Macedonia with a close range finish.

Northern Ireland U21: Devlin, Magennis, McKeown, Clucas, Thompson, C. McLaughlin, Winchester, Mitchell, Kee, P. McLaughlin, McAlinden subs Glendinning (not used), Millar (not used), Hegarty (not used), Ball (replaced P. McLaughlin 78), Lund (replaced Mitchell 60), Gray (replaced Kee 68), McClure (not used)

Macedonia U21: Dimitrievski, Ristevski, Bogdanovic, An. Stankov, Fazil, Babunski, Randjelovic, Timov, Al. Stankov, Najdovsi, Sprivoski subs Efremov (not used), Brdarovski (not used), Tairi (replaced Babunski 75), Askovski (not used), Cikarski (replaced Timov 75), Micevski (replaced Randjelovic 78), Drobarov (not used)


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  • Northern Ireland U21 v. Macedonia U21 7th September 2012

    Carl Winchester holds off Stefan Spirovski

    Picture: Jonathan Porter/

  • Northern Ireland U21 v. Macedonia U21 7th September 2012

    Josh Magennis celebrates opening the scoring

    Picture: Jonathan Porter/

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