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Northern Ireland U21 manager Roy Millar
talks to BBC Northern Ireland's Adam Coates
 real 14k

Tuesday, 10 October, 2000, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
NI under 21s hit high five
Grant McCann (left)
Grant McCann (left) was impressive for NI under 21s
European Under 21 championship match
Iceland 2 - 5 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Under-21s bounced back from their dismal defeat against Denmark in fine style as they trounced Iceland on Tuesday.

The Irish were transformed from the side which lost 3-0 on Friday as they won this qualifying match with some ease.

Maurice Harkin bagged a double while the other Irish goals came from Gary Hamilton, Sean Friars and Grant McCann. Pall Gunnarsson and Johannes Karl Gudjonsson scored two late consolation goals for Iceland.

And Wayne Carlisle was sent off in stoppage time for deliberate handball.

Sean Friars
Sean Friars got second in 11th minute
The home side were left to rue that miss when the Irish opened the scoring after six minutes.

Iceland goalkeeper Omar Johannsson could only punch a right wing cross as far as Gary Hamilton and the Blackburn striker headed home his third Under-21 goal on his fifth appearance.

Stretched lead

Northern Ireland doubled their lead in the 11th minute when the recalled Maurice Harkin teed up a cross for Sean Friars and the Ipswich midfielder tucked the ball away.

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton headed first

Northern Ireland stretched their lead yet further when Harkin raced through in the 32nd minute to score his second goal for the under 21s.

The fourth came in the 62nd minute thanks to Harkin's persistence.

The Wycombe striker won the ball from Almarsson just inside the area and slotted it home past Johannsson.

The Irish were not finished yet and McCann made it 5-0 when he fired home a left-foot drive in the 77th minute.

Maurice Harkin
Maurice Harkin scored twice for NI under 21s

Iceland's persistence was rewarded when substitute Thorarinn Kristjansson scored a consolation goal six minutes from time.

And the hosts pulled a second goal back in a dramatic finale when Johannes Karl Gudjonsson scored in stoppage time and Carlisle was sent off for deliberate hand ball.

Northern Ireland coach Roy Millar said: "It is always great to win - especially away from home. But conceding those two late goals took the gloss off it a bit."

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