Milk Cup: Northern Ireland 1 Turkey 0
Northern Ireland’s Elite boss Stephen Robinson declared himself satisfied as he saw his side end their Milk Cup campaign with a victory.
Liam McAlinden’s delightful curling effort into the top corner on the hour mark was all there was to separate the home side and Turkey in their fifth and sixth place play-off.
It ensured the first win and a second clean sheet of the week as Robinson pointed to the progress being made.
“I’ve said to the boys if you have a win and a draw in the under-19 European qualifiers you’ll qualify, so we’re pleased,” said the former Luton player.
“Don’t underestimate a result against Turkey at any level. We’ve beaten them 1-0 and we’re Northern Ireland with not a massive pool of people.
“In the first half it was scrappy and it looked like they were tired, with tired minds.
“However, credit to them in the second half we created chances and because of our shape it always allowed us to be in control of the game.
“The advantage of the young boys being here is that they have bought into the way we want to play defensively.
“They know with Northern Ireland first and foremost we have to be hard, solid and we have to be hard to beat.”
There was also success for county sides in yesterday’s closing games in both the Junior and Senior sections of the competitions.
Londonderry were the best placed of all local sides as they collected the Globe Trophy for the Junior’s, the equivalent of finishing in fifth place overall.
Ben Doherty, Josh Elliot (2) and Stephen Mills were all in target in the resounding 4-1 win over Queen of the South.
Down also enjoyed trophy success in the Premier competition, lifting the Vase title at the expense of Russian giants CSKA Moscow.
Conor McMenamin’s brace was supplemented by TJ Murray’s fourth goal of the week as the game ended 3-3 in normal time.
The Down lads triumphed 4-2 on penalties with Patrick Bradley firing home the winning spot kick.