Sad night for Northern Ireland and Boro’s on-loan York City player Ryan Brobbel

INTERNATIONAL DEFEAT: Ryan Brobbel
INTERNATIONAL DEFEAT: Ryan Brobbel

RYAN Brobbel could not prevent Northern Ireland’s U21s from losing their fourth consecutive European Championship qualifier.

The Middlesbrough midfielder, currently on loan at York City, played 84 minutes as Steve Robinson’s side fell to a 3-1 defeat away to Serbia.

Accrington Stanley forward James Gray put the Ulstermen in front 10 minutes after half-time but the hosts, courtesy of a David Morgan own goal and Luke Milunovic, scored two quick-fire goals to go in front.

The Hartlepool-born star, playing on the wing, was subbed on 84 minutes for Luke Conlan after Uros Vitas had gave Serbia a 3-1 lead after scoring from a corner.

Brobbel, who qualifies for the the country via his grandmother, played for Robinson’s team last Friday as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to group favourites Belgium.