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Africans have Right To Dream in final of SuperCupNI after late goal

By Keith Bailie

Right to Dream secured their place in the Premier final of the SuperCupNI with a stunning comeback against Newcastle United at the Coleraine Showgrounds.

Two goals in the last eight minutes fired the African academy into the final, where they will play Mexican side Club America at the Ballymena Showgrounds tonight (8pm).

Last year, Right To Dream won the Junior section of the tournament, with a number of the players who are in this year's Premier team.

Coach of the Ghanian side Gareth Henderby said: "It was a terrific end to the game. We hadn't really done anything wrong throughout the game but I'm delighted for the boys that they were able to stick at it.

"Scoring two goals in as many minutes so late in the game is a great way to win, especially when it means you're in a final.

"I told them to keep doing what they were doing and the chances would come in the second half but the winning goal was special, it was a great strike.

"You can see what it means to these boys. They've tasted victory in the Junior competition at this tournament before and hopefully we can now make it a double."

Newcastle United grabbed the lead five minutes into the first half. The impressive Matthew Longstaff curled home a 20-yard free-kick from the left flank.

The Africans equalised with eight minutes left, when Ibrahim Sadiq found the net.

Right To Dream then scored the winner three minutes later thanks to a marvellous solo effort from Dane Mikkel Damsgarrd.

In the other semi-final, Mexican side Club America knocked out reigning champions O'Higgins of Chile.

Elsewhere in the Premier Section, there were a number of semi-finals across the SuperCupNI's various subsidiary cups.

In the Globe, County Antrim defeated First Choice Soccer in a penalty shoot-out. In the other semi-final, Osasco of Brazil defeated Strikers of the USA 1-0.

Fermanagh qualified for the Vase final by defeating French side Vendee 2-1 at Portrush. They will face GPS Bayern.

Londonderry made a strong start to their Bowl campaign with a 9-1 win over Chinese club Morning Star United.

Armagh also made a winning start, beating Tyrone 2-1 in Clough. John Bailie's Down drew 2-2 with Japanese side Komazawa in Ballymoney.

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