Banbridge teenager Jack Chambers bagged his first international goal on Tuesday,enough to secure a win for Northern Ireland U16s.
It was all they needed for a 1-0 victory over Scotland and gives NI four points from their opening two Victory Shield games, after a 0-0 stalemate with RoI on Sunday.
Now they face hosts Wales on Thursday (kick-off in Newport at 2pm), in with a real chance of lifting the trophy.
“It felt good to obviously play against your biggest rivals in Republic of Ireland on Sunday,” Jack had told the ‘LEADER’ before the Scotland game.
“We probably edged it in creating chances and had a goal disallowed.
“Hopefully, we go on to to get maximum points in beating Wales and Scotland later this week but they will probably be tougher opponents than the Republic of Ireland.”
Chambers, who has already represented his country against the likes of Belgium and Poland, is hoping he will catch the eye of some more scouts this week, leading to even more trials in England and Scotland.
Jack has already been to Glasgow giants Rangers and Premier League club Sunderland on trial and has some more trips planned to see if he can secure a move to full-time football next summer.
Back at his current club Linfield, the season is going to plan.
“I’m only starting to score goals on a personal level recently,” he said, “but we have played roughly eight games and we have a 100 per cent record, beating everyone including our title rivals.
“We’re already four points ahead at the top and we have a game in hand on most of the others.”