SuperCup NI 2016 [Photos]
Supercup NI International Youth Tournament photographs
Supercup NI International Youth Tournament photographs
County Londonderry's Juniors were in dreamland last night as they booked their place in tonight's SuperCup NI final, thanks to a heroic display on home territory.
There was heartbreak for holders Antrim and hopefuls Down as both county sides bowed out of the Premier section of the SuperCup NI in the semi-finals.
Defending SuperCupNI Premier Section champions County Antrim are dreaming of doing it all again after sailing into the semi-finals.
County Londonderry will face Sheffield United in the SuperCupNI semi-final after pipping American side Strikers to a top four spot.
Alberto Balde was the toast of the SuperCupNI after he hit a hat-trick against Tyrone.
Chivas Guadalajara's sensational 6-1 win over Middlesbrough in Clough yesterday suggested that the SuperCupNI will continue to showcase new talent, but the popular youth tournament is also blooding new technology.
There were three inter-county derbies in yesterday's SuperCupNI Premier section, with Down, Antrim and Tyrone claiming the spoils.
There are many young local stars at this year's SuperCupNI, been none more aptly named than Co Tyrone's Adam Young.
The County teams lead the way in the Premier section of the SuperCupNI with Antrim, Armagh and Down all claiming impressive wins.
Rangers striker Adedapo Awokoya-Mebude broke Co Armagh hearts with a winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time at the Coleraine Showgrounds.
Forty-six young football teams from six continents paraded through Coleraine last night as the SuperCup NI rolled into town.
Jay Willis and John Bailie are usually seen standing together in the Ards dugout every Saturday, but at next week's SuperCup NI they will be in direct competition with each other.
The SuperCupNI has its dream final for its first ever Under 21 showpiece.
County Down coach John Bailie believes young footballers in Northern Ireland are still a step behind their contemporaries in England.
When County Antrim lifted the Premier Section title at the Milk Cup last year, it was hailed as an almighty achievement.
Some of Spain's stars of the future could well be on parade at Coleraine and the Ballymena Showgrounds tonight. Espanyol and Real Sociedad are in action against Everton and Celtic respectively in the SuperCup NI's inaugural Under-21 section.
It's doubtful there has been a more exciting moment in the 33-year history of the Milk Cup than Jack Ferguson's penalty save from Jared in last year's Premier final.
The SuperCupNI will welcome one of the biggest clubs in the world for the first time in July.
Some may have thought Marcus Rashford's sublime strike for Man United in FA Cup West Ham quarter-final was a one-off.
Long before he was breaking George Best's scoring records for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford was showing his potential in the Milk Cup.
The milk has finally run out for Northern Ireland's world-renowned youth football tournament.
While all eyes were on the main finals at the Ballymena Showgrounds, there were a series of subsidiary Milk Cup competitions played across the tournament's 14 venues.
Antrim became the first ever county side to win the Dale Farm Milk Cup thanks to a sensational penalty shoot-out victory in last night's Premier final.
Ghana's Right to Dream took Ballymena's sodden weather in their stride last night as they brushed past Southampton to win the Junior Section of the Dale Farm Milk Cup.
When Manchester United dropped out of the Dale Farm Milk Cup in May just days before the draw the doom-sayers were queueing up to predict the death of the 33-year-old youth tournament.
English Premier League club Southampton will play African Academy Right to Dream in tonight's Dale Farm Milk Cup Junior Section final.
Ballymena United wonder-kid Matthew Shevlin fired County Antrim into the final of the Dale Farm Milk Cup.
Stefan Seaton's County Antrim reached the last four of the Junior Section of the Dale Farm Milk Cup for the third year in a row.
Right to Dream's ambition of becoming the first team to win both the Junior and the Premier Section in the same year was shattered yesterday afternoon, when the Ghana side lost 2-0 to American side Strikers.
Southampton Academy Manager Matt Hale hopes that 13-year-old goalkeeper Jack Bycroft will return to the Dale Farm Milk Cup next year, after breaking his leg in his side's opener.
Chilean club O'Higgins would like to strengthen their Irish links by signing a player from Northern Ireland.
Three county teams have laid down their claims for Dale Farm Milk Cup success by making impressive starts to this year's tournament.
County Londonderry took full advantage of Lusaka Academy's travel difficulties to open their Dale Farm Milk Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over the Zambians.
Milk Cup organisers had to dig deep in their pockets to ensure a Zambian team made it to Northern Ireland for their opening game at this year's youth football tournament.
The threat of heavy rain forced a parade through Coleraine to mark the start of the Dale Farm Milk Cup youth football tournament to be cancelled for the first time in 33 years.
Londonderry's lads might not have travelled as far as some of this year's Dale Farm Milk Cup teams, but the local county enjoyed last night's curtailed festivities in Coleraine just as much as their counterparts from France, Russia, America and Africa.
Spanish hopefuls Real Sociedad and Malaga are plotting to put the brakes on the Ghanaian phenomenon sweeping European youth football.
The main man behind Ghana academy Right to Dream has has jetted into Northern Ireland in the hope of watching his players make history at this week's Dale Farm Milk Cup.
Former Northern Ireland defender turned youth coach Pat McGibbon has no shortage of football experience, but he will find himself up against a unique opponent when his County Armagh Junior side take on African academy Right To Dream at the Coleraine Showgrounds next Wednesday afternoon.
The opening ceremony of the 2015 Milk Cup will have bittersweet memories for the special guest, ex-Premier League player Peter Mitchell.
Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis believes his time with the County Down Milk Cup squad helped shape his international career.
Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy still believes the Dale Farm Milk Cup can play a key part in developing talented young footballers.
Dale Farm Milk Cup officials are set to meet Manchester United in September in an attempt to persuade the English giants to enter next summer's tournament.
Dale Farm Milk Cup organisers have confirmed that the draw for this year's tournaments will take place on Wednesday, June 24.
Milk Cup driving force Jim Sandford has insisted this year's event will recover from the shock, late withdrawal of star attraction Manchester United by seizing the opportunity to show it is not a one-team tournament.
Manchester United have caused a furious backlash in Northern Ireland after they pulled out of the Milk Cup youth tournament.
Furious Milk Cup organisers have embarked on a frantic damage limitation exercise to bolster this year's tournament after the shock late withdrawal of Manchester United's young stars, just two days before the scheduled draw and with only eight weeks to kick-off.
Just three years ago, Paddy McNair was playing in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons is backing the Magpies to make an impact at this summer's Dale Farm Milk Cup.
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