Parkhouse reflects on impressive U21 debut

David Parkhouse being interviewed after scoring winner for NI U21s

TWO of Tyrone’s finest grabbed all the headlines in the Northern Ireland U21s’ stunning 2-1 comeback victory over Estonia last week.

The boys in green were trailing 1-0 when with 16 minutes remaining new kid on the block David Parkhouse swooped with a precious equaliser on 
his debut.


The Strabane lad’s leveller allowed Northern Ireland to push for a winner and when the hosts were penalised for a blatant push in the box Pomeroy’s Liam Donnelly smashed home from the spot bang on 90 minutes.

It proved a memorable occasion for both but, in particular, Parkhouse, who at 17, had got something of a shock call-up to the squad.

For the North Tyrone teenager it was a perfect end to what had been a challenging first season at Sheffield United.

“I had a muscle strain injury in the first half of the season and that restricted me badly but after Christmas things began to look up,” said the ex-Tyrone Milk Cup (now Super Cup) striker.

“I scored five or six goals in helping the club’s U18 win the league by beating Coventry in the final at Bramall Lane.

“I also made a few appearances for the club’s U23s.”


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