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Cliftonville’s Peter McKiernan played in all three of Northern Ireland’s matches in the Elite Round of European Under 17 Championship Qualifying this week.

Stephen Frail’s side finished bottom of Group 2 after a gruelling week of action in Den Haag, where the hosting Netherlands joined the Czech Republic in booking their places in the Finals.

Northern Ireland – who reached the Elite Round after finishing third in Qualifying Group 10 – got off to a disappointing start when they suffered a 5-0 defeat to the Dutch last Wednesday, with McKiernan making a 65th minute appearance from the bench when he replaced Wigan’s Mackenzie O’Neill.

The Reds youngster was a 75th minute substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 loss against the Czechs and played the last 30 minutes of last night’s goalless draw with Israel at Sportpark Zegersloot – a result which ensured Northern Ireland would finish bottom of the table on goal difference.

While extending our commiserations to Peter and his team-mates after missing out on European Championship qualification, all at Cliftonville nevertheless extend congratulations on a personal level for the further international recognition he enjoyed this week.