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SuperCupNI: Londonderry on a high after drama

Local lads edge into Cup semi-finals as Americans' dreams are cruelly shattered

By Keith Bailie

County Londonderry will face Sheffield United in the SuperCupNI semi-final after pipping American side Strikers to a top four spot.

Ollie Mullan's team defeated another side from the States, First Choice Soccer, to finish on seven points.

But they had the same goal difference and, having scored the same amount of goals as Strikers, it then came down to the best results for each side.

And Londonderry's 4-1 win over Colina on Tuesday ensured they reached the last four.

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Kian McGarvey bagged the only goal of the game yesterday and there were wild celebrations when they discovered they had done enough to qualify.

"We are delighted and proud," said Londonderry chairman Glen Rankin.

"Our best ever finish was fifth overall, so to finish in the top four is unbelievable. The players should be proud.

"All the players were in the changing room after the game and were shouting and cheering when they heard they were through.

"The manager thought a two-goal win would be enough so when we won 1-0 it was a bit of a sweat. But our fourth goal in the second game came in the last minute which just proves you have to play to the last whistle and we look forward to trying to go one step further."

Holders Right to Dream, who defeated North Dublin Soccer League 2-0 yesterday, will face Chivas Guadalajara.

Unfortunate Strikers drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough yesterday, a result which cost them dear, and they will now face County Armagh in the Globe semi-final at the Coleraine Showgrounds after Dean McCullough's side beat Plymouth 3-2 at Roe Mill.

County Down drew 1-1 with Southampton but will be delighted with their Globe semi-final against Rangers at Anderson Park after the Scottish side beat MS Select 3-1.

In the Vase semi-finals, County Tyrone face County Fermanagh in Broughshane and County Antrim go head-to-head with Cherry Orchard at Anderson Park, Coleraine.

Tyrone beat Alset Columbia 3-2 while Fermanagh were involved in an entertaining game against Swindon Town, with the local lads coming out on top thanks to a 4-3 victory.

Love was in the air as striker Conor Love netted a brace for Denzil McDaniel's boys, with Caolan McLaughlin and Lewis Vance also on target.

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