Irish premiership club Glenavon Football Club has promoted a 14-year old goalkeeper to their first team.

Conner Byrne made his debut for the Lurgan team as they triumphed against derby rivals Portadown on Monday night to reach the Mid-Ulster Cup final.

The teenager has also been selected for the Northern Ireland Under-16 squad against Poland this week.

The head of Glenavon’s Academy Ryan Prentice said he was delighted the teenage shot-stopper had been picked by first team manager Gary Hamilton.

Prentice believes the youngster is more than capable of handling the physical demands of the modern game.

The youngster has been at the heart of Glenavon’s progress under Hamilton recently, with 18 year old Bobby Burns, and 20 year old Mark Sykes among the players making an impact in the first team.

One of Northern Ireland’s most famous goalkeepers, Pat Jennings, was 18 when he began his football career in England with Watford, while Italian international Gianluigi Donnarumma is a current star between the sticks after making his debut for AC Milan at 16.

-BBC