West Ham United's Jamie Harney helped Northern Ireland Under-17s get their UEFA U17 Championship Qualifying Elite Round campaign off to a good start by claiming a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands on Thursday evening.
Northern Ireland looked down and out with 43 minutes gone as the Netherlands, playing on home turf in the town of Uden, moved into a two-goal lead thanks to Dabney Souza and Stef Gronsveld.
But the visitors roared back to claim a share of the spoils, with first sub Mikhail Kennedy pulling a goal back on 62 minutes, before Joshua Tracey made it 2-2 with just four minutes left to play.
Defender Harney, a first year scholar with the Hammers, played the 90 minutes as his country kept themselves in the hunt for qualification for this summer's finals in Slovakia.
Northern Ireland now face games with Norway on Saturday and Italy on Tuesday, with the group winners making progress.
Fellow defender Dan Potts was also in action on Thursday, starting as England Under-19s continued their preparations for the Elite Round of the UEFA U19 Championship with a 1-0 victory over Turkey at AFC Telford United.
Potts earned his second cap for the Young Lions at this age group, playing his part at Noel Blake's men kept a clean sheet.