Youth prospects flying the flag for Ports and Loughgall on the road

Johnny McCullough (left) and Zach Cowan from Portadown Youth under 11s take a break from tournament play for Northern Ireland in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Johnny McCullough (left) and Zach Cowan from Portadown Youth under 11s take a break from tournament play for Northern Ireland in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Three Portadown Youth under 11s enjoyed a taste of European football with games in Holland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Jon Graham, Johnny McCullough and Zach Cowan were selected for Northern Ireland duty.

Portadown Youth's Jon Graham spent time in Holland with the Northern Ireland 2006 squad for fixtures against teams including Juventus and Chelsea.

Portadown Youth's Jon Graham spent time in Holland with the Northern Ireland 2006 squad for fixtures against teams including Juventus and Chelsea.

Graham helped the international side pick up impressive draws against Juventus and Chelsea in Holland.

McCullough and Cowan lined out at venues around Germany and the Czech Republic, with the latter collecting a ‘Player of the Match’ award.

It marks 10 players from Portadown Youth to have lined out this season with Northern Ireland in European competition.

Four players from Portadown Youth have been selected to represent Northern Ireland under 15s for next week’s double with Austria.

Jack Conlon, Barney McKeown, George Curran and Callum Ferris will feature as Northern Ireland face Austria on Monday at Queen’s Malone Playing Fields from Monday at 6.30 before a trip to Ballinamallard United from 1 o’clock on Wednesday.

Ferris can enter the programme with confidence especially high thanks to two goals against Belgium in a previous appearance.

Loughgall Youth under eights recently sent a touring part of players, coaching staff and family members to Scotland.

The visit to Glasgow Rangers’ Murray Park training complex included a seven-a-side game against the hosts.

The coaching team included Allan Gough, Roger Young, Colin Lawson, Noel Willis and Mark Stevenson.