Congratulations to Joel Cooper and Mark Sykes who have been called up to the Northern Ireland Under-21 and Under-19 squads respectively.

Photo by Alan Weir

Photo by Alan Weir

Joel Cooper scored the winner last time out. Photo by Alan Weir.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Joel travels to Scotland where the Northern Ireland team take on Scotland on Tuesday 29th at Paisley in a European Qualifier. The Under-21 squad contains no fewer than four former Glenavon players: Darren McKnight, Ryan McLaughlin, Robbie McDaid and Shay McCartan.

Mark’s Under-19 squad are off to the Netherlands to participate in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship Elite Stage. In addition to the hosts the local lads face Poland and Ukraine with three games scheduled over a week. Mark is joined in the Under 19 squad by fellow Youth Cup winner, Shayne Lavery, who, of course, is now at Everton.

We wish Joel, Mark and all the N Ireland lads every success.