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SuperCupNI: Antrim move one step closer to a successful title defence

By Keith Bailie

Defending SuperCupNI Premier Section champions County Antrim are dreaming of doing it all again after sailing into the semi-finals.

Even the loss of defender Cormac Lawlor wasn't enough to derail their charge as Daniel Reynolds' strike gave them a superb 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at Scroggy Road, Limavady.

Andy Hunter's men will now face classy Chilean outfit O'Higgins, who also won their third game in a row as they defeated County Tyrone last night.

Lawlor will miss the semi after his red card but confidence will be high they can continue to impress against quality opposition.

And it was double delight for local sides as County Down also secured a place in the last four.

John Bailie's troops will face Scottish side Hibernian in the semi-final after making it three wins on the spin.

They kept their cool to edge past MS Select thanks to a 2-1 win at Riada Stadium, Ballymoney to maintain their 100% record.

Goals from Scott McArthur and Tom Mathieson were enough to keep their hopes of glory alive.

"It's brilliant to get into the semi-final and the boys have really deserved it," said Down coach Aaron Boyd.

"We will be the underdogs as Hibs are the professional club but there is no reason why we can't cause an upset.

"It probably is the draw all the players would have liked.

"They are obviously a strong side but we have shown we have quality too and we're all looking forward to it."

Hibs made sure of their place in the semis with a 2-0 win over Strikers.

County Tyrone will face Club America in the Vase semi-final at Parker Avenue after losing out to O'Higgins and County Armagh will be up against Belgian side KV Mechelen at Castlerock.

In the Globe semi-finals, Icifuna face Osasco at Broughshane and Newcastle United will try to get past African side Lusaka at Riada Stadium in Ballymoney.

Ponte Preta, who defeated Londonderry 3-0 last night, face Right to Dream in the Bowl semi-final in Portstewart.

Fermanagh, who lost 2-1 to Right to Dream despite Jacob Britton's strike, and County Londonderry will contest the Salver, along with Vendee, MS Select, Alset Columbia and Otago.

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