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A number of Burnley players will expect to be involved for their countries this weekend as the next round of World Cup qualifiers take place, but leading the way last night was Conor Mitchell who was in goal for Northern Ireland for their opening game in the UEFA Under-21 2019 qualifiers against Estonia in Tallin.

Playing in front of a back three, Mitchell had a quiet first half with the Northern Ireland team very much on top although they were unable to find a breakthrough.

He found himself picking the ball out of the net early in the second half as the home side went in front with a shot into the bottom corner that gave him no chance but the Northern Ireland side came back to win the game 2-1 with goals from 17-year-old David Parkhouse, the Sheffield United striker who is interesting Manchester United, and a stoppage time penalty scored by Hartlepool defender and captain Liam Donnelly.

It was good to see former Burnley player Cameron Dummigan in the team having been out of action at Oldham through injury since January.

They are in Group 2 in the qualifiers along with Albania, Estonia, Iceland, Slovakia and Spain and their next game comes in August when they face Albania at home.

Conor, 21, hasn’t made a debut for the first team at Burnley but has been on the bench on a couple of occasions. He joined us five years ago on a two year scholarship with the youth team and he’s recently signed a contract extension with the Clarets until the end of next season.

Having played for his country at various levels, the season just ended saw him make his under-21 debut. That came in September last year when he was named in the team against Iceland. Highly rated, more recently he was included in a full international training camp.

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