SCHOOLS FOOTBALL: Oran’s Northern Ireland call up

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A Year 11 student from Loreto College Coleraine has been named in the Northern Ireland Under 16 Football team which will contest the annual Sky Sports Victory Shield this year.

Oran Barton, who plays for the Bertie Peacock Youths team as well as representing Loreto College in soccer, has been selected for a busy schedule of training sessions and competitive fixture in the Under 16 International side, which is managed by Desi Curry.

The team opened its Victory Shield campaign with two 2-0 victories over Finland, and goes into its next match in confident mood on Thursday 27th September: a fixture against tough opposition from a much-fancied England team, which is packed with players from the Academy teams of many top Premiership clubs. This game will be shown live on Sky TV, and Oran’s classmates at Loreto College are exited at the prospect of watching him play.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, speaking on behalf of all the staff and students of the College, congratulated Oran on this tremendous achievement and wished him well for his busy season of training and matches.