Guernsey Under-21s praised in 4-1 Northern Ireland defeat

Charlie Laine is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring the opener
Charlie Laine is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring the opener

Guernsey's under-21s have been praised despite losing 4-1 to Northern Ireland Schoolboys on Tuesday.

Charlie Laine gave Guernsey the lead, but the visitors equalised just before half-time and then went on to score three times after the interval.

"Our discipline defensively was excellent, they looked a threat going forward," said coach Tom Strawbridge.

"When you look at their goals they were probably flattered with 4-1, but we've got more positives than negatives."

The game was a warm-up for the island side ahead of the Under-21 Muratti with Jersey later this month.

"Our boys haven't played much football in the last few weeks, so to come up against quality opposition who are used to playing high-tempo football is a challenge," Strawbridge added to BBC Radio Guernsey.

"So the boys will learn a lot from tonight and we can move forward with some good vibes."