Over the dam
Good luck to Cliftonville’s Conor Scannell (pictured) and Brodie Spencer, who are in the Northern Ireland Under 15 squad that will compete for the Rotterdam Cup this weekend.
The duo are part of the panel that faces no fewer than three games tomorrow – tackling Excellence Soccer Academie (Canada) in the morning, Kapylan Pallo (Finland) in the afternoon and Hoffenheim U15s (Germany) in the evening.
On Sunday, NI – who are managed by former Reds boss Gerard Lyttle – complete their Group D schedule when they take on Belgian team Club Brugge and Danish outfit Brondby ahead of Semi-Final and Final fixtures being staged on Monday.
Also this Easter Weekend, Reds trio Marc Davidson, Caolan Donnelly and Padraig McVicker will be part of the Northern Ireland Under 14 set-up that will play five games at the West Ham United Football Cup in Romford.
Davidson (pictured, No 7) and Connolly were – along with Cliftonville Football Development Centre team-mates Chris Cope, Matthew Williamson and Michael Morgan – involved when NI’s Under 14s beat the United States Olympic Development side 1-0 at Inver Park on Monday, courtesy of Davidson’s sublime injury-time free-kick.
Also this week and in addition to the Reds’ Stephen McGuinness helping NI’s Development Squad come within a whisker of winning a UEFA-run Under 16 tournament in Bulgaria, four players from Cliftonville Ladies helped Northern Ireland Women’s Under 16 Development Squad overcome Wales in their last game of a four-team competition in Slovenia.
Lauren Welsh, Fionnuala Morgan, Rosie Zubier and Abbie McHenry were part of the side that, following a penalty shoot-out loss against the hosts and defeat by Sweden, enjoyed spot-kick success when the Welsh were beaten 7-6 following a goalless draw in in Gornja Radgona.
The congratulations of everyone at Solitude goes to all Reds players for their recognition on the international stage, with best wishes extended for this busy weekend of Cup action.