|International Matches - Under 21|
N. Ireland 1 -Spain 4
N. Ireland: Morris;
Hughes, Duff, Simms, Capaldi; McCann (McFlinn 77'), McLaugh, Morrison (Campbell
85'), Close; Brown (Clark 70'), Braniff. 4-4-2.
Group 6 table:
Mourneview Park, Lurgan. A 1-4 win by Spain's youngsters over Northern Ireland took them two points clear at the top of their group. The heroes of the night were the Atlético Madrid pairing of Fernando Torres and Jorge who ripped the Irish defence apart in the first hour or so of the game. Torres opened the scoring only 45 seconds from the kick off and added a second midway through the first half to put Juan Santiesteban's side two goals ahead at the interval.
Braniff pulled one back though immediately after the restart and for a while Spain were struggling before Jorge set up Valdo and then scored himself in a two minute period later in the second half. With two games to go, the result gives the youngsters a good chance of qualifying for the 16 team play-off round next Autumn. The eight winners of those play-offs will meet in the European finals at a yet to be decided venue next Spring, with the three best teams joining hosts Greece in the 2004 Olympic games.