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Milk Cup: Derry too strong for travel-sick Zambians

By Keith Bailie

Published 28/07/2015

Joy of winning: Adam Harte leads the celebrations after Co Londonderry beating Lusaka 3-1 in their Premier Section game at the Coleraine Showgrounds
Joy of winning: Adam Harte leads the celebrations after Co Londonderry beating Lusaka 3-1 in their Premier Section game at the Coleraine Showgrounds

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.

Lusaka only landed in Northern Ireland four hours before the game, which had to be put back to 7pm, after visas issues caused them to arrive 24 hours later than planned.

Unfortunately, a night sleeping on the floor of Copenhagen airport seemed to take its toll on the African outfit and with only 11 players in the country they battled the torrential Coleraine rain, but succumbed to an impressive performance from Damien McNamee's boys.

Dylan McCorkell gave Derry the lead midway through the first half only for Lusaka to equalise before half-time with a smart finish.

Derry regained the lead midway through the second half when Sheldon Woods took advantage of some poor goalkeeping by the Zambian shot-stopper.

McCorkell grabbed his second of the match five minutes before the end with a fine half-volley, 15 yards from goal.

Andy Hunter's County Antrim impressed the crowds at the Ballymena Showgrounds with a fine 3-0 win over American side Strikers.

Star of last year's junior Antrim side Jack McCourt opened the scoring with a low shot from an acute angle. Thomas Roscoe added a second with an outrageous bit of individual skill.

He skipped past the goalkeeper before rounding a defender and flicking the ball into the net. Roscoe complete the goalscoring by slotting home after a fine team move.

Elsewhere, Russian Giants CSKA Moscow confirmed their status as one of the tournament's favourites with a hugely impressive 3-1 win over La Liga outfit Malaga at Scroggy Road, Limavady.

Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena.
Liverpools Glen McAuley celebrates his opening goal
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Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena. Liverpools Glen McAuley celebrates his opening goal Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena. Co Tyrones Amas Irzikevicius in action with Liverpools Neco Williams Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena. Co Tyrones Jamie Brown in action with Liverpools Neco Williams Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Portadown striker Garry Twigg Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Co Antrims Harry Robinson celebrates after opening the scoring Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Co Antrims Harry Robinson in action with Dublins goalkeeper Liam Woodcock Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Antrims Ryan Cush in action with Dublins William Hondermarke Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . North Dublin SL Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Dublins manager Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Tyrones Andrew Scott in action with Liverpools Glen McAuley Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Liverpools Curtis Jones celebrates another goal for the Premiership side. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena. Liverpools Curtis Jones celebrates another goal for the Premiership side. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena. Liverpools Curtis Jones celebrates another goal for the Premiership side. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Tyrones Adam Evans in action with Liverpools Neco Williams Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Down v Brentford FC at Clough EX Northern Ireland international David Healeywith Jim Magilton Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Down v Brentford FC at Clough Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Down v Brentford FC at Clough Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Co Downs Leo Brown in action with Brentfords Emmanuel Sontan Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press 27/7/2015 Lusaka Academy v Co Londonderry Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Premier Section Co Londonderry's Sheldon Woods scores during this afternoons game at Rugby Avenue in Coleraine Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 27/7/2015 Lusaka Academy v Co Londonderry Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Premier Section Lusaka Academy arrive for this afternoons game at the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Lusaka Academy v Co L/Derry at Rugby Avenue, Coleraine Lusaka Academy 'keeper Ramsey Makosa Njovu unable to stop this free kick from Dylan McCorkell of Derry. Picture by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Down v Brentford FC at Clough Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Down v Brentford FC at Clough Co Down Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Down v Brentford FC at Clough Brentford FC Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Down v Brentford FC at Clough Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Zak Rudden of Glasgow Rangers celebrates scoring the winning goal against Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Ex Northern Ireland International David Healey Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Dublins managment team Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Co Antrim v North Dublin at Broughshane . Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Premier League Co Fermanagh v Partick Thistle at The Warren Portstewart. Jordan Coalter of Co Fermanagh and Neil McLaughlin of Partick Thistle. Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament. Swindon Town - at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Milk Cup at Coleraine Showgrounds. Picture by Declan Roughan / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament. Club America - at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Milk Cup at Coleraine Showgrounds. Picture by Declan Roughan / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament. With Dundalk S.L. (Republic Of Ireland) are (L-R) Jason Hempton (purple tie) Commercial Director, Branded Products, Dale Farm, Michelle Knight McQuillan, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Chris Sutton, former Chelsea and Blackburn striker, at Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Milk Cup Picture by Declan Roughan / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament. Moscow - at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Milk Cup at Coleraine Showgrounds. Picture by Declan Roughan / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament. Ghana - Right To Dream - at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Milk Cup at Coleraine Showgrounds. Picture by Declan Roughan / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Lusaka Academy v Co L/Derry at Rugby Avenue, Coleraine Nandie Tembo of Lusaka Academy and Sheldon Woods of Derry. Picture by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Lusaka Academy v Co L/Derry at Rugby Avenue, Coleraine Gideon Miyanba and Bwalya Chailunga of Lusaka Academy and Corey McKeary of Derry. Picture by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Lusaka Academy v Co L/Derry at Rugby Avenue, Coleraine Dylan McCorkell of Derry celebrates his second goal. Picture by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Lusaka Academy v Co L/Derry at Rugby Avenue, Coleraine Saudi Jonathan Banza and Ntezenlani of Lusaka Academy and Adam Fleming of Derry. Picture by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament. Chris Sutton, former Chelsea and Blackburn striker formally opens the 2015 Milk Cup at Coleraine Showgrounds. Picture by Declan Roughan / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Ghana at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Strikers, USA at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Members of the public at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Cheerleaders from Broughshane Youth Dancers perform at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Spectators at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Spectators at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Alan Simpson at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Strikers, USA at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Spectators at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Members of the public at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Strikers, USA at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from County Fermanagh at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Mexico at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - New Zealand players perform the Haka at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Spectators at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Spectators at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Strikers, USA at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Strikers, USA at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Moscow at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Members of the public at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Liverpool FC at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 26th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Players from Strikers, USA at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds as teams, bands, first-aid staff, referees and members of the Organising Committee take part in Northern Ireland's International Football Tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Scott Gray of Glasgow Rangers and Jack Holmes of Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Jordan Houston of Glasgow Rangers and Reon Potts of Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Scott Blacklaw of Glasgow Rangers and Joe Stanley of Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Glasgow Rangers. Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Zak Rudden of Glasgow Rangers celebrates scoring the winning goal against Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Zak Rudden of Glasgow Rangers celebrates scoring the winning goal against Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Jordan Houston of Glasgow Rangers and Jack Holmes of Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Adedapo Awokoya-Mebude of Glasgow Rangers and Jordan Doherty of Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Junior League Glasgow Rangers v Sheffield United at Coleraine Showgrounds . Rhys Breen of Glasgow Rangers and Hugo Warhurst of Sheffield United . Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Premier League Co Fermanagh v Partick Thistle at The Warren Portstewart. Eoghan Curran of Co Fermanagh and Kieran Bell of Partick Thistle. Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 27th July 2015 - Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Northern Ireland International Football Tournament - Premier League Co Fermanagh v Partick Thistle at The Warren Portstewart. Eoghan Curran of Co Fermanagh and Ian Stokes of Partick Thistle. Picture by Brian Little / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press 27/7/2015 Right to Dream v Co Tyrone Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015 Premier Section Co Tyrone's Rory Donaghy turns a shot over the bar during this afternoons game at the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Co Down's Alex McIlmail celebrates after putting his side into a 1-0 lead
Joy of winning: Adam Harte leads the celebrations after Co Londonderry beating Lusaka 3-1 in their Premier Section game at the Coleraine Showgrounds
High hopes: Londonderry players take part in last night’s parade
Members of the public at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds
Players from Strikers, USA at the Opening Ceremony and Parade at Coleraine Showgrounds
Chris Sutton meets players from County Tyrone
Cheerleader Courtney Walsh gets a kiss from Chile players Carlos Yanez (left) and Mauricio Mieres
A player from Chile performs a traditional dance
The side from Ghana
Two players from USA team The Strikers
The Liverpool team arrive for the Milk Cup
Cheerleaders from Broughshane Youth Dancers entertained the fans
Crowds pack the Coleraine Showgrounds last night for the opening ceremony of the Dale Farm Milk Cup 2015
High hopes: Londonderry players take part in last night’s parade
Memorable occasion: Real Sociedad players enjoy the parade at Coleraine Showgrounds
Liam Donnelly, who now plays for Fulham, took part in the Milk Cup
A young Kyle Lafferty celebrating a goal against Hearts in the 2002 Milk Cup
In it together: Fermanagh's Junior side will face the likes of Rangers and AS Roma's American academy at the Milk Cup
Right and ready: The Armagh Junior team are under the leadership of Pat McGibbon at the Milk Cup

Premier League outfit Newcastle United also made a winning start with an impressive performance in front of a good crowd at Ballymoney's Riada Stadium. The Magpies beat Japanese outfit Higashi Fukuoka 2-0.

Spanish outfit Real Sociedad enjoyed a strong Milk Cup debut. They defeated Pat McGibbon's County Armagh 1-0 in Portstewart.

John Bailie's County Down picked up a 1-1 draw with Mexican side Club America in Broughshane.

But County Fermanagh were unfortunate at the Warren in Portstewart where they lost 2-1 to Partick Thistle.

Right To Dream might be the most talked about team at the tournament, but the Ghanian's were given a run for their money by County Tyrone. Eamon Curry's men lost 2-1 to the Africans at the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney.

The boys from the Gold Coast played some attractive football but the found the county boys difficult to break down.

Last year's beaten finalists Vendee are unlikely to repeat the feat this year. The French team lost 1-0 to Chilean side O'Higgins in Portrush.

American side Ocean County Blues chalked up a surprise win over Motherwell. The Californians won 2-1 at Clough.

New Zelanders Otaga made a big impact at Sunday's opening ceremony with their traditional haka dance, but they went one better yesterday. They beat Columbian side Alset 3-2 at Roe Mill.

Today's big match in the Premier Section sees Newcastle United take on Right To Dream at the Ballymena Showgrounds (7.30pm) with both teams knowing that a defeat is likely to eliminate them from the competition.

Elsewhere, Malaga will look to bounce back from their defeat to CSKA when they face Partick Thistle at the Riada (7.30pm) Stadium in Ballymoney.

Broughshane will play host to an all-county derby (5pm) as Antrim take on Tyrone.

Zambian outfit Lusaka will be hoping to perform better today after a long overdue night's sleep. They face CSKA Moscow at Clough (3.30pm).

Belfast Telegraph

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