Ruairi on a roll as Manchester United stroll to semis
Published 01/08/2013 | 01:30
A young striker from Castlewellan has ensured Manchester United will face Dubliners Cherry Orchard in the last four of the Premier Section.
Ruairi Croskery, who joined the Old Trafford club earlier in the season after impressing at their Lisburn centre of excellence, scored his second goal of the week to give the Old Trafford side a maximum nine points from three games.
United enjoyed their biggest victory last night as they were 4-1 winners over German side TuS Altenberge in Limavady.
The Red Devils led at the break thanks to Croskery's goal and went on to add to it in the second period as Oliver McBurney netted his second goal of the tournament and hot shot Andreas Pereira grabbed a brace.
Pereira has been wowing crowds all week and the former PSV midfielder looks to be destined for big things in the game.
Steffen Hunker netted for Alternberge who, despite going into the game as real underdogs, put up a brave resistance.
Cherry Orchard wrapped up their group campaign in style as they passed the French test against Vendee in Portstewart.
They secured a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Jake Corrigan, Conor Mooney, Conor Dunne and Jamie Mulhall.
The Dubliners have clearly got better as the week has gone on after starting off with a 1-0 defeat to Cruz Azul on Monday.
However, they followed that up with resounding win over Down before last night's equally impressive showing in Portstewart.
In the second semi-final County Tyrone will meet Russian giants CSKA Moscow.
Tyrone made it through courtesy of a hard fought 1-1 draw with fellow county side Fermanagh in Portstewart.
Marc McConnell gave the semi-finalists a second-half lead and while Connor McAuley levelled, and ensured a nervous finale, they held on to make safe passage into today's big game.
CSKA go into the last four with plenty of confidence and three wins in three days under their belts.
They met the stubborn resistance of Brazilian boys Corinthians in Ballymena and Alexander Golovin's 28th minute striker was all there was to separate the sides.
Liverpool have to make do with a place in tonight's Globe encounter despite a rousing 4-2 win over Newcastle.
Indeed the Magpies had high hopes of making the last four of the competition themselves, until this result put pay to their aspirations.
Freddie Woodman and Andrew Hall were on target for United, with Harry Wilson (2), Daniel Cleary and Ryan Kent on target for the Reds.
Newcastle boss – and former Everton skipper Dave Watson – hopes his young side will learn from the experience.
He said: "Our lads gave all they had, like they always do, but Liverpool maybe had that extra bit of quality and that told in the end.
"It's disappointing because we wanted to get to the final again, but it's a learning curve for the lads.
"Sometime in defeat you learn a bit more so hopefully it'll stand them in good stead."
One of the games of the week so far took place in Ballymoney where County Antrim and Strikers FC shared a point in an eight goal thriller.
Antrim lead 4-1 at the break with goals from Podraig McPartland, Curtis Dempster (2) and Sam Knox, and Brandon Gillingham replying for the Americans.
However, Strikers produced a stirring a second half comeback and earned a share of the spoils through Dalton D'Pando's brace and Felipe Liborio's goal.