John Gregg hailed the local aspect of this year’s SuperCupNI after his Coleraine team won a derby clash at the Showgrounds.
A second-half goal from Tommy Rogers gave the Bannsiders a 1-0 win over fellow Coleraine club Bertie Peacocks in the Minor section.
Coleraine coach Gregg, son of former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry, said: “It is still the go-to tournament that people talk about all over the world.
“As far as those kids are concerned, they are playing in the World Cup. And that’s what you want.”
Reflecting on yesterday’s win, Gregg added: “I thought it was a good game. Two Coleraine teams going at it, but to see the players linking arms together at the end, that’s what it’s all about.
“With the result between Glentoran and GPS earlier today, it blows the group wide open and everything is to play for now.
“I thought Tommy did well, he got there before the keeper and managed to get the ball past him. There were a lot of good performances out there. Both teams have good players.”
Coleraine’s win helped open things up in Group C after Glentoran beat Global Premier Soccer 3-1. Jude Johnson scored twice for the Glens with Calum Hamilton also on target.
All four teams are now on three points going into today’s final group games. The winners of the four groups will qualify for tomorrow’s semi-finals.
In Group A, Sammy McIlveen’s Ballyclare Colts defeated Portadown 3-1 in Castlerock, while Finn Harps beat Linfield 4-0 at the University. The Harps have six points, with Ballyclare and the Blues on three points apiece.
Dungannon are in the driving seat in Group B. They registered their second victory of the campaign with a 3-0 win over Beijing BFA. Ballinamallard United collected their first points of the tournament with a 4-1 victory over Warrenpoint Town in Ballymoney.
Ballymena United lead the way in Group D with four points. They drew 3-3 with holders Greenisland in Ahoghill, while Larne bounced back from Monday’s defeat with a 4-2 win over Glenavon.