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Adam Young spot on as Tyrone get off to a winning start over New Zealanders

By Keith Bailie

There are many young local stars at this year's SuperCupNI, been none more aptly named than Co Tyrone's Adam Young.

The youngster helped his county to a 1-0 victory over New Zealanders MS Select at Rugby Avenue, by winning and then converting a penalty.

Crusaders midfielder and Tyrone Juniors manager Richard Clarke was delighted with the performance. "Over the years, Tyrone have often got off to a slow start, so to claim a win on the first day is massive for us," said Clarke.

"We were excellent in the first-half and we thoroughly deserved are lead when Adam scored the penalty. In fairness, MS came at us in the second half, but our boys did well to hold on."

There was also opening day glory for Down and Antrim. David Bryson's Down claimed a hugely impressive 3-1 win over Glaswegians Partick Thistle at Anderson Park, while Stefan Seaton's Antrim beat North Dublin 1-0 at the same Coleraine venue.

At Roe Mill, Londonderry and Cherry Orchard drew 0-0. However, there was disappointment for Fermanagh in Portrush, as they lost 2-0 to American club Strikers.

Club NI made their cup debut in Limavady. The Irish FA's school of excellence entered an Under 14 side into the Under 15 tournament, to avoid any dispute over players with the county teams. Unfortunately, Sheffield United had a little too much for our boys, claiming a 3-0 win. Holders Right To Dream made short work of American side GPS Bayern at the Coleraine Showgrounds, winning 4-0.

Plymouth Argyle also got off to a flying start, hammering Columbian side Alset 10-1. There were also big wins for Mexican side Chivas, American select side First Choice and Middlesbrough.

Chivas put five past Swindon in Castlerock, First Choice beat Chilean side Collina 2-0, while Middlesbrough beat Dundalk Schools 7-2.

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