Boro midfield pair Paddy McNair and George Saville both started for Northern Ireland, who are set to battle it out in the Play-Offs for Euro 2020 after drawing with the Netherlands.
McNair played the entire 90 minutes for Michael O'Neill's side - with Saville getting just under an hour under his belt.
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis was unable to convert a first half penalty, and the clash went on to finish goalless at Windsor Park.
Northern Ireland will now look to the Play-Offs in March as they aim to secure a place at next summer's tournament.
Nathan Wood wore the captain's armband again for England's U18s, who played out a thrilling four-all draw against Norway.
The Norwegians took a two-goal lead through Mathias Sundberg and Trgve Aarstad.
James McAtee cut the deficit in half for England, but Norway's two-goal advantage was restored courtesy of Hermann Geelmuyden.
But the Young Lions battled back as McAtee was on the scoresheet again before Sam Greenwood tied the scores at 3-3 from the penalty spot.
There was still time for more drama as Geelmuyden nudged Norway back in front, but Miguel Azeez grabbed another equaliser for England to secure a well-deserved draw in Spain.
Paddy Reading was an unused substitute for Scotland U21s on Friday night, who conceded a late penalty from Greece which ended their unbeaten start to their Euro qualifying campaign.
Scotland had dominated for large parts of the contest at Tynecastle but after the ball hit the hand of Daniel Harvie, the referee awarded Greece a penalty in stoppage time, which was converted by Dimitris Nikolaou.