Milk Cup: Fergie's Manchester United fledglings see off Tyrone
Manchester United made their now-traditional blistering start to their Premier Section campaign, but unusually they found themselves outscored on the first day.
The Old Trafford fledglings were comfortable 4-0 winners against Co Tyrone’s finest.
John Cofie put United on track with a treble, which was added to by Michael Keane’s strike to keep Paul McGuinness’s side on track for yet another appearance on finals night.
United face a tricky encounter with South American opposition tonight at the Coleraine Showgrounds (7.00pm) against Aspire, who themselves recorded an opening 3-0 victory over Queen of the South.
However, these were not the highest scores in the Premier Section. That honour went to a side making their debut in the competition.
Senegalese outfit Etoile Lusitana had a dream start, running out 5-0 winners over Cherry Orchard.
Joao Mario Nunes Fernandes grabbed a hat-trick as Lusitana ran in four goals in 20 blistering first-half minutes.
Head coach Luis Norton de Matos was delighted with the result, but admits the difficult job will be to keep his boys’ feet on the ground now.
“It was a great beginning for us, especially because we knew nothing of the Irish team we were coming up against,” he concedes.
“My job now is to make sure everyone is as concentrated as they were in the first game.
“Playing Bolton will be a difficult game for us now and we know they will be very strong.”
Tottenham Hotspur, winners of the trophy in 1996, returned with a comprehensive 4-0 win over the boys representing Co Londonderry.
After a slow start, leading just 1-0 at the break, the starlets from White Hart Lane moved through the gears in the second half, with goals from Ronnie Hawkins, James Yeboah, Laste Dombaxe and Lee Angol.
Co Armagh suffered a similar fate against English Premier League opposition when they lost 3-0 to Bolton Wanderers.
Martin Murray was the hero for Co Antrim as his brace helped them to a opening draw with Donegal 93.
Co Down also kicked off with a draw, as a Scott Burns goal ensured they took a point from their clash with Hartlepool.
However, Paul Keenan’s Fermanagh boys were edged out by a single goal from Dublin side Belvedere.