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While watching the under-23 game against Leeds two days ago, I commented on the fact that Harry Limb wasn’t in the squad, only to be reminded that he was away on international duty.

mitchell limbHe was in the Northern Ireland under-19 squad while goalkeeper Conor Mitchell, who is currently on loan at Chester, was with the under-21s.

Mitchell played yesterday in the under-21 game against Estonia at Mourneview Park in Lurgan. They won the game 4-2 to go top of their qualifying group in the Euro Under-21 Championships, playing alongside former Claret Cameron Dummigan who is now with Oldham.

Twice they had to come from behind but that was their third win in four games which gives them a three point lead over both Spain and Slovakia although Spain have a 100% record with two wins from just two games.

Limb, meanwhile, made his international debut at under-19 level. They were drawn in a strong Group 2 alongside Belarus, Germany and Poland with all the group games being played in Poland and went out after finishing third.

The first game ended in a 2-1 defeat against Poland in which Limb played the entire game but was an unused substitute as they crashed 7-1 against Germany in game two. A 0-0 draw yesterday, in which he played the first 56 minutes was just enough to ensure Northern Ireland finished ahead of Belarus in the table on goal difference.

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