Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Milk Cup: Robert’s red-hot for Manchester United

Manchester United last night roared into the quarter-finals of the Milk Cup, where an assignment against their feeder club from Brazil, Desportivo Brasil, now awaits them.

The young Red Devils will go in to that game tonight with plenty of confidence having found the back of the net seven times in the first two days.

Dubliner Robert Brady was again the star of the show for United as the young striker took his week's tally to four goals, bagging a brace — scoring United's first and last goals.

In between Michael Ngoo and Etzaz Hussain pushed United further ahead.

However man of the match was Cantolao goalkeeper Patricio Musso Savage, who saved his side from a much heavier loss.

United boss Paul McGuinness said: “It was a comfortable success for us. We played some very clever football, but we were given the room to do just that.

“I must also praise their goalkeeper, he gave a top class performance.”

There was late drama for South Coast Bayern as the Californians broke County Tyrone hearts with a last gasp winner.

Hector Lopez pounced in the last minute of stoppage time to find the only goal of the game.

Bayern coach Vishtasp Farhadi said: “It was a very late goal, in the last minute of overtime, but I feel that we deserved it.

“However, Tyrone had a chance right before we scored when they got in behind our defence, so we have to give them credit, they played very well.

“Two wins from the first two games is great — you can't do better than that.

“We would like to make the final, but we will take each game as it comes, starting with the quarter-finals.”

FC Porto now await for last year's beaten finalists in the quarter-finals.

County Antrim meanwhile picked themselves up after an opening night defeat against Manchester United. They were 3-2 winners over their Republic of Ireland counterparts Cherry Orchard in Broughshane.

Mark Smith, Karl Bothwell and Carl Winchester were on target for Antrim, with Matt Doherty and Craig Walsh replying for Orchard.

For boss Stefan Seaton it was ample reward: “We're delighted to get the win, although with the goal difference it was always going to be difficult to get through to the Milk Cup quarter-finals.

“We would love to still claim one of the trophies on offer, but the main objective is to develop these young footballers and test them against some of the best sides in Europe and the world,” he added.

County Down's Premier boys followed in their Junior counterparts footsteps as being the only County team to progress to the Milk Cup knockout stages.

Andrew Burns found Down's goal in last night's 1-1 draw with Watford, his third of the tournament so far.

Tuesday Premier results: Fenerbahce 1-0 Sheffield United, Co Antrim 3-2 Cherry, FC Porto 2-1 Otago, Trudovye Rezervy 5-3 Burnley, Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Co Armagh, Cruz Azul 1-1 Co Fermanagh, Co Londonderry 0-2 Desportivo Brasil, Co Tyrone 0-1 South Coast Bayern, Watford 1-1 Co Down, Club Cantolao 0-4 Manchester United.

Today's Milk Cup Premier 1/4 finals fixtures (6pm): Fenerbache v Cherry Orchard (Riada Stadium),South Coast Bayern v FC Porto (Ballymena Showgrounds), 7pm: Manchester Utd. v Desportivo Brasil (Limavady), Sheffield Utd v Co. Down (Mullaghacall, Portstewart)

Today's Slemish Premier Trophy 1/4 finals fixtures (3.30pm:) Shamrock Rovers v Cruz Azul (Roe Mill, Limavady) Otago v Co. Antrim (Broughshane) Co. Armagh v Trudovye Rez (The Warren, Portstewart) 5pm: Watford v Co. Londonderry (Castlerock)

Today's Dunluce Premier Trophy League fixtures: 1.30pm: Club Cantolao v Co. Tyrone (Parker Avenue, Portrush) 3.30pm: Burnley v Co. Fermanagh (Anderson Park, Coleraine)

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