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Saints manager hails support for stricken keeper

By Keith Bailie

Published 29/07/2015

Up close: Matthew Sheils of Rangers and Fermanagh’s Dean Corrigan battle it out at Ballymena Showgrounds
Up close: Matthew Sheils of Rangers and Fermanagh’s Dean Corrigan battle it out at Ballymena Showgrounds
Ground force: Glen McCauley of Liverpool is challenged by Marcelo Lage of GPS FC Bayern at Coleraine Showgrounds

Southampton Academy Manager Matt Hale hopes that 13-year-old goalkeeper Jack Bycroft will return to the Dale Farm Milk Cup next year, after breaking his leg in his side's opener.

Saints boss Hale was also touched by the County teams' efforts to help comfort the young goalkeeper.

Hale said: "He's 13 still, so he's one of the young ones.

"Hopefully he can come here again next year. There's a chance this won't be the end of his Milk Cup experience.

"He's in the best possible place. He's comfortable now and his mum and dad are with him.

"Everyone was very down on Monday despite the positive result. Everyone was thinking of Jack obviously but this might not be Jack's last Milk Cup," he said.

"The care that he has received both from our medic and staff, plus the ambulance staff, has been fantastic.

"The support from the people at the Lodge Hotel, from different Irish teams in particular, shows what people involved in this tournament are about.

"County teams have come up and said they hope we do something here for Jack. That shows the passion the people have and we all appreciate the support they've offered.

"There has been a lot of support from the Milk Cup, taking staff to the hospital and back.

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

"They've bent over backwards to help out."

The Saints marched on without young Jack, beating Londonderry 2-1 at Anderson Park yesterday. They've now won both their opening games.

It was a mixed day for the County teams with Tyrone and Antrim recording wins in the Junior section, while Fermanagh lost 4-1 to Rangers at Ballymena Showgrounds

Rangers striker Zak Rudden hit a fine hat-trick with Adedapo Awokoya-Mebude also finding the net.

Tyrone shocked Armagh in the derby at a soggy Riada Stadium in Ballymoney. Tyrone, who are managed by Crusaders midfielder Richard Clarke, won 2-1.

County Antrim are still in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals. Stefan Seaton's lads beat Mexican side Zacatepec 3-0 at the Riada Stadium.

If they can beat Londonderry at Anderson Park today they should reach the last four of the Junior tournament for the second year in a row.

The big shock of the day took place at Anderson Park. County Down, who hammered Brentford 4-0 on Monday, lost 1-0 to Donegal Schools.

Davy Bryson's side believe they should have had a penalty kick late in the game, but the referee waved away their appeals.

Donegal weren't the only southern schools team to claim a victory. North Dublin School League Select defeated Orange County Blues from California 3-1 in Portrush.

Liverpool fans left Coleraine Showgrounds feeling slightly disappointed after the Merseyside giants only managed a 1-1 draw with American side GPS Bayern.

Right To Dream of Ghana maintained their reputation as Junior section favourites with a stunning 8-1 win over Swindon Town in Broughshane.

The African side have now scored 13 goals in their opening two games.

If they can beat Armagh at Coleraine Showgrounds this afternoon they will be assured of a place in the final four.

The man making the headlines is King Baidoo, who has scored six goals so far, with a hat-trick in both matches.

But RTD aren't the only foreign team to impress on the north coast this week.

Australian side Sydney United claimed their second win of the tournament by defeating Roma's American academy side 1-0 in Portstewart.

They play Sheffield United at Roe Mill today.

Brentford bounced back from their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Down on Monday, beating Strikers 1-0 at Roe Mill.

Plymouth Argyle collected their second win of the tournament by defeating Chilean side Colina at Rugby Avenue.

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