Kennedy Captains NI through opening Euro qualifiers

Ben Kennedy in action for his club Stevenage.

Ben Kennedy in action for his club Stevenage.

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Lisburn lad Ben Kennedy captained Northern Ireland U19s through to the next round of the European Championships qualifying process.

The Stevenage star netted goals in the win over Norway and the draw with Russia as NI bagged second place in their group and with it a place in the Elite Round - one step off a coveted finals spot.

The qualification came despite a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Slovakia in their final game in Sochi on Monday, as a 1-1 draw between Russia and Norway ensured NI made it through.

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