A silver lining for local sides with Globe and Bowl triumphs
While the SuperCupNI’s champions were crowned at the Ballymena Showgrounds, there were a number of consolation trophies handed out across the Causeway Coast.
While their Junior teams fought it out for the main trophy, County Antrim’s and GPS Bayern’s Premier sides won their own finals. Antrim lifted the Globe by defeating Osasco 2-1, while GPS Bayern took the Vase with a penalty shoot-out victory over Fermanagh.
County Armagh won the six-team Bowl competition by defeating Chinese club Morning Star United 4-0 at The Warren. The boys from Beijing shipped 26 goals over five games.
In the main Premier competition’s third-place play-off, O’Higgins rounded off a fine tournament with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
In the Junior third-place play-off, Club NI went within a whisker of collecting the bronze medal. They lost on penalties to Scottish club Rangers at the Coleraine Showgrounds after an entertaining 2-2 draw.
It’s been an incredible week for the IFA Academy side, who are a year younger than the other sides in the tournament.
Manchester United’s SuperCupNI return ended in a heavy defeat, as Chivas of Mexico hammered them 5-0 in the Globe final in the Junior Section.
In the Vase final, English side Sheffield United lifted the Vase thanks to a 2-0 win over North Dublin Schools.
Down were unable to end their tournament on a high. They lost 4-0 to Middlesbrough in the Bowl final.
There was a similar story in the Salver final, where local side Londonderry lost 3-0 to Strikers.
Mick Kavanagh’s First Choice Soccer lifted the Shield by beating Dundalk Schools in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw.
M Sports of New Zealand had the misfortune of collecting the Junior Section’s wooden spoon. They lost 3-1 to Chilean side Colina in the Shield’s third-place play-off.