UK news Oisin Smyth relishing step up in class with the Northern Ireland Under-21s and Oxford United last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - In January, Oisin Smyth would wake up at 6am every morning, brace himself for the wind and sleet, and head off to work at 7am.

UK news Oisin Smyth relishing step up in class with the Northern Ireland Under-21s and Oxford United last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - In January, Oisin Smyth would wake up at 6am every morning, brace himself for the wind and sleet, and head off to work at 7am.

UK news  Oisin Smyth relishing step up in class with the Northern Ireland Under-21s and Oxford United last news
19 June 2022 - 01:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "In January, Oisin Smyth would wake up at 6am every morning, brace himself for the wind and sleet, and head off to work at 7am. After working his factory shift, Smyth would then make his way to Stangmore Park to train with Dungannon Swifts twice a week.Just five months later, the Northern Ireland U21 midfielder is a full-time professional with Oxford United and rubbing shoulders with the stars of tomorrow.The 21-year-old from Derrytrasna has just finished international duty with John Schofield’s U21s, however the Euro 2023 U21 qualifying campaign petered out with a whimper.Northern Ireland were undone by sheer Spanish artistry in a 6-0 defeat but bounced back against Lithuania only to be held to a 1-1 draw by a cruel 97th-minute equaliser earlier this month.Smyth started against Lithuania and came on against Spain, who he hailed as the best team he has ever played against.“Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say we were beaten by the better team,” said Smyth. “That Spanish team was on a different level.“They have players playing in La Liga week in, week out. Sometimes I was just sitting back watching in awe. I have never played a better team in my life.“We lost 5-0 to France in a friendly in March, and they had really good individual players, like (Eduardo) Camavinga, but I think Spain are twice the team France are.“Spain are the only U21 team to have a 100% record in qualifying and it’s easy to see how. They just seem to gel very well with each other, everything is in sync, like they are taking their training sessions onto the pitch.“In fairness, I thought we did a bit better against Spain in the second half. When the opposition is so good, you have to try and soak up the pressure, even though it may not be enjoyable to watch.“Then we went to Lithuania and we should have won the game.

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.“What can you say about their equaliser? It was in the 97th minute for a start, after five minutes added time was shown, and there was a lot of luck about it.“It was a high ball into the box, their man (Armalas) sliced his shot across goal for the other (Tutyskinas) to poke home. It was a tough one to take.“John was as gutted as the rest of us after the game, because we had all worked so hard to get a victory. That might be the last campaign for some players so it was a bitter pill to swallow.“The next campaign starts in March and even though we didn’t do as well as we would have liked in the last campaign, I loved every minute of it.“John Schofield is such a nice man, he makes it enjoyable for the players and we all get on well within the group too.”Smyth joined former Irish League stars Gavin Whyte and Mark Sykes at Oxford when he signed at the end of January, but has yet to make his full debut.The attacking midfielder says he accepted there would be challenges ahead when he made the move, taking time to adjust to his new life.“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, and makes a change from working and training with the Swifts. I worked in a factory from 7am-4.30pm then train twice a week, which could be tough,” he said.“Becoming a full-time professional was a dream come true and I have more time on my hands but I like to use that time wisely.“I knew when I got over in January that opportunities would be limited, but the club told me they had a plan for me. I have pre-season to prove myself so I will just keep my head down and work hard, same as I always do.”" ,"isAccessibleForFree": "True" }

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