The Ulster outfit thoroughly deserved their 1-1 draw against the group leaders, who remain unbeaten.
Our young midfielder, just 19, was handed the honour of being named skipper for the encounter at the home of Northern Irish football.
And he didn’t disappoint. Ciaran, on the bench for our Premiership match at Leicester City, drove his side forward as they searched for a winner in the second half and having seen one effort saved well by Bulgarian keeper Slavcho Tochev almost won it with an 88<sup>th</sup> minute drive just wide.
Wayne Carlisle opened the scoring with his first goal for Northern Ireland in the third minute only for Bulgaria to level three minutes later.
Bulgaria had the better of the first half before Toner-inspired Northern Ireland hit back after the break.
Ciaran Toner led from the front as Northern Ireland Under-21s produced the best result of their European Championship qualifying campaign at Windsor Park on Friday night.