December 21 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge winger Sean Shields couldn’t help Northern Ireland under-21s as they went down 1-0 against their Belgium counterparts in an under-21 European Championship qualifier.
The 21-year-old came on at half time for Oldham Athletic’s Karl Millar in the clash with the hosts already 1-0 up after Standard Liège striker Michy Batshuayi’s 44th minute goal.
And despite a good showing from Michael Robinson’s side, Shields’ introduction could not help them find the elusive goal.
They had gone close in the first half through Oldham’s Carl Winchester and Josh Carson, while James Gray and Paul McElroy also had chances in the second period.
Batshuayi did almost double Belgium’s total though as he hit the woodwork before Northern Ireland were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages following Liam Donnelly’s second bookable offence.
Northern Ireland currently sit bottom of group nine, which also includes Cyprus, Serbia, Italy and last night’s opponents Belgium, who top the group with an unblemished record from three games.
If selected, Shields could feature once again, and pick up his third cap when Northern Ireland host Belgium on October 11.