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Milk Cup: Down lead the way as county trio enjoy victories

By Keith Bailie

Published 28/07/2015

Co Down's Alex McIlmail celebrates after putting his side into a 1-0 lead
Co Down's Alex McIlmail celebrates after putting his side into a 1-0 lead

Three county teams have laid down their claims for Dale Farm Milk Cup success by making impressive starts to this year's tournament.

Down made the biggest impression as they hammered Brentford 4-0 in Clough with Leo Brown hitting a brace.

Alex McIlmail and Jack Chambers also found the back of net as the Football League Championship club failed to get to grips with the local boys.

Some believe Down could reach the latter stages of the tournament but manager David Bryson isn't getting ahead of himself.

"It's a fantastic way to start the tournament.

"It actually took us a while to get up to the pace of the game and our goalkeeper made two super saves when we were 1-0 up," said Bryson.

"As the game went on we started to dominate and we scored four nice goals.

But I'm delighted with how the lads played today, but we're not getting ahead of ourselves at this stage as we've only played one game.

"Now our thoughts turn to tomorrow's game with Donegal Schools and we will be showing Donegal the same respect we showed Brentford.

"As for the rest of the tournament, we will be taking it one game at a time.

Co Tyrone v Liverpool at Warden st Ballymena.
Liverpools Glen McAuley celebrates his opening goal
Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press
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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

We play Donegal tomorrow and we will not think about Strikers until Wednesday."

Ollie Mullan's County Londonderry also got their campaign off to a fine start thanks to a 3-2 victory over Californian side Orange County Blues at Roe Mill.

Stefan Seaton's County Antrim reached last year's final before losing to Corinthians. They got their 2015 campaign off to a fine start with a 3-0 win over North Dublin in Broughshane.

Armagh chalked up another win for the counties. They beat Swindon Town 3-1 at Anderson Park.

But Fermanagh were not so fortunate. Sam Gamble's boys lost 6-1 to Roma USA at Parker Avenue in Portrush.

Premier League giants Liverpool got their challenge rolling as they hit County Tyrone for six without replay at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Glen McCauley bagged a brace, either side of an own goal before Curtis Jones' double and Belfast-born Reece McGinley completed the rout.

Meanwhile, over at the Coleraine Showgrounds, Scottish giants Rangers also impressed with an opening day victory in the Junior Section over Sheffield United.

A solitary goal from Zak Rudden four minutes from time was enough to give the Glasgow side a deserved success in horrible conditions.

Rudden found space at the edge of the box and found the top corner of the net with an unstoppable finish.

On the stroke of full-time, Sheffield United nearly salvaged a point as a half volley from Cameron Hawkes went narrowly wide of the far post with Lewis Muir rooted to the spot.

Premier League side Southampton set out their intentions for the week with a fine 3-0 win over Mexican side Zacatepec at Rugby Avenue in Coleraine.

Pre-tournament favourites Right To Dream, from Ghana, made a big impression in their first game of the tournament. They beat American side GPS Bayern 5-0 at Anderson Park in Coleraine.

One American side who did get off to a winning start was Strikers, who got the better of Chilean side Colina 2-0 at The Warren in Portstewart.

Sydney United's Mirza Muratovic was the first team to score at this year's Dale Farm Milk Cup, finding the net in the seventh minute of their 2-0 victory over Dundalk Schools at the Joey Dunlop Centre in Ballymoney.

And over in Castlerock, Plymouth Argyle beat Donegal Schools 1-0.

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