Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 2
Northern Ireland U214Estonia U212

European U21 Championship qualifier: Northern Ireland 4-2 Estonia

Mark Sykes celebrates scoring to put Northern Ireland 3-2 in front against Estonia
Glenavon's Mark Sykes put Northern Ireland 3-2 in front

Northern Ireland went top of their European Under-21 Championship qualifying group after an impressive win over Estonia at Mourneview Park.

Ryan Johnson's early back-post finish put Ian Baraclough's side in front, but Estonia hit back with goals from Frank Livak and Rauno Sappinen.

A superb Dale Gorman strike made it 2-2 and Mark Sykes hit the bottom corner just past the hour mark.

Keeper Matvei Igonen's own goal made sure of a third win out of four for NI.

Northern Ireland are three points clear at the top of Group 2 although second-placed Spain, who beat Slovakia 4-1, have two games in hand.

Johnson netted the opener after just two minutes from a Jordan Thompson free-kick.

Livak tapped in nine minutes later and Sappinen connected with Michael Lilander's cross to nod home in the 20th minute.

Gorman's cracker into the top corner brought the sides level two minutes from the break.

Glenavon midfielder Sykes scored on his home ground with a low shot on 61 minutes.

A deserved win was sealed with 15 minutes left as Sykes saw his shot smash off the underside of the bar and hit keeper Igonen before going in.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 10th October 2017

As It Stood


1Greece U2144001411312
2Croatia U21330010289
3Belarus U2152126607
4Moldova U215104413-93
5Czech Rep U21201126-41
6San Marino U21300308-80


1Northern Ireland U2143017439
2Spain U2122005146
3Slovakia U21420247-36
4Albania U2141213305
5Iceland U2131114314
6Estonia U21501449-51


1Denmark U2144001921712
2Poland U2132108357
3Faroe Islands U21411248-44
4Lithuania U21310238-53
5Finland U21302149-52
6Georgia U213003311-80


1England U21431082610
2Scotland U2132015326
3Ukraine U2131208265
4Netherlands U2141215415
5Latvia U21502319-82
6Andorra U21301207-71


1R. of Ireland U21431081710
2Germany U2132018446
3Kosovo U2142026426
4Norway U21512257-25
5Israel U21311135-24
6Azerbaijan U213003312-90


1Belgium U2142205238
2Sweden U2132108267
3Cyprus U21420258-36
4Hungary U2121102114
5Turkey U21302112-12
6Malta U21400439-60


1Serbia U2133009279
2Russia U2142116337
3Armenia U21521248-47
4Austria U2132018176
5Gibraltar U216105114-133
6Macedonia U2131023303


1Romania U21431082610
2Switzerland U21521246-27
3Bosnia and Herzegovina U21420210556
4Wales U2132016336
5Portugal U2121013303
6Liechtenstein U214004113-120


1France U2133009459
2Slovenia U2132107347
3Kazakhstan U21513179-26
4Luxembourg U21511369-34
5Bulgaria U21302134-12
6Montenegro U21301236-31
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