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Thompson reaches the Finnish line...

The young left back is set to feature for Northern Ireland's Under-21s side this evening

10 September 2019

Lewis Thompson is expected to feature for Northern Ireland's Under-21s side this evening as Ian Barraclough's side head to Finland.

Thompson played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw at home to Malta Under-21s in Ballymena on Friday night as the hosts picked up a point despite creating a plethora of chances.

But tonight's a chance to right the wrongs for Ian Barraclough's side, who head to the Raatti Stadium to tackle the table-topping Fins, kick-off 5pm GMT.

The hosts earned a comfortable 2-0 win in Ukraine at the end of last week, and will be searching for a second successive win in the group.

And speaking ahead of the encounter, Barraclough says anyone can beat anyone in Group H.

"I think the group is very open, I don't think there is a team that is going to run away with it," said the coach.

"Teams will take points off each other, we've got no preconceived ideas that we should replicate what we did last year and come second in the (Euro 2019 qualifying) group.

"But we have got good enough players to go and win games of football."

Good luck, Lewis.


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