Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes impressed for Northern Ireland Under-21's against Estonia on Tuesday night. (c)Presseye /Philip Magowan


Glenavon’s Mark Sykes was the star man as Northern Ireland’s Under-21 squad chalked up another European Qualifying victory on Tuesday night against Estonia.

Playing at his home ground of Mourneview Park, the midfielder grabbed one goal and was unlucky not to be awarded a second in the 4-2 victory, as his long-range drive took a deflection off the visiting goalkeeper and went down as an own goal.

The win leaves Ian Barraclough’s side top of the qualifying group after three wins from four games this campaign. Sykes was the only one of the three Danske Bank Premiership representatives to get gametime, as Coleraine duo Jamie McGonigle and Ciaron Harkin were both unused substitutes, whilst former Linfield forward Paul Smyth (now at Queens Park Rangers) was brought with 15 minutes remaining.

Next up for Sykes is a return to the Danske Bank Premiership as Glenavon travel to Crusaders on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

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