Milk Cup: Chelsea are ready to make mark
It looks like it could finally be Chelsea's time in the Milk Cup after they roared into this afternoon's Junior Section decider
They were 4-0 winners over Dundalk in Limavady last night in a one-sided semi-final and will now go on to meet Cruz Azul in Ballymena (4pm).
Chelsea boss Gerry Harvey talked about his boys feeling the pace in their quarter-final win on Wednesday, but showed little signs of fatigue in last night’s win after goals from flying forward Reece Mitchell, Joel Tamina and George Cole hitting a brace. All the goals came in the first half and Chelsea all but booked their final berth in the first 30 minutes.
In the other semi-final, played in Portstewart, Mexican outfit Cruz Azul were equally comfortable victors over 2006 tournament winners Swindon Town.
Azul were two goals to the good at half-time through goals from Rodolfo Villegas and Roger Solano, with Nestor Saldana adding the insurance goal after the break.
The two subsidiary finals will have local representation today after fine performances from Counties Down and Londonderry respectively.
Down produced a fine turnaround from their form earlier in the tournament to defeat Fermanagh 4-0 in their semi-final at the Dunluce in Portstewart yesterday afternoon.
Goals from Ethan Knipe, Jamie Sharvin and Ross Murray added to an own goal for John Bailie’s side to make the result a comfortable one.
“The two games we played on Monday and Tuesday were disappointing for us, in terms of results and performance,” Bailie said. “Wednesday was a long day (without a game after the postponement against Club Marcet).
“That gave us a chance to hammer home to the players that we had underperformed and we had a chance to make amends.
“After the disappointments of Monday and Tuesday we now have a final to look forward to and we want to win it.”
Elsewhere in the Dunluce draw Armagh secured their first win of the week, running out comfortable 3-0 winners over Mexican FC Puebla.
Londonderry reached the decider in the Slemish tournament after Adam McKeever’s goal secured a 1-0 win over Antrim. They will now go on to meet Aspire in Broughshane.
Also in the Slemish side of the draw was another defeat for Everton, with last year’s winners now going into a ‘wooden spoon’ game against Plymouth in Ballymoney.