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Milk Cup: Bolton Wanderers on course for semi-finals

Bolton Wanderers remain on course to take the Premier Section of the Milk Cup at the first time of asking after squeezing into the semi-finals last night.

Wanderers saw off a spirited challenge from Dublin side Belvedere at Mullaghacall in Portstewart last night.

Bolton boss Dave Lee said: “It was a very difficult game and maybe they thought they had a point to prove with us being a so-called Premier League side.”

Wanderers meet Desportivo Brasil in the last four in Ballymoney tonight.

Donegal made it to the semi-final stage after causing an upset against Spurs, with a late winner from Raymond Foy.

Also through to the semi-final stages at the first time of asking is Etoile Lusitana, from Senegal.

They squeezed through after a penalty shootout victory over FC Porto at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

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The game had finished level at 1-1 in normal time with Joao Fernandes finding the net for fourth time in the tournament to give the Senegalese side the lead at the break, only for Christian Afonso to peg them back in the second period and take the game to penalties.

Luis Norton de Matos’ boys now go to tackle Donegal 93 tonight at the Coleraine Showgrounds (8pm) for a place in the decider.

County Down, keen to see if they could better their Tyrone counterparts who suffered a 4-0 defeat to United on day one, and certainly did just that as they ran United close at The Warren in Portstewart.

Indeed Ryan Craig fired Down into an early lead and Down had further chances, only to be thwarted by the woodwork on two different occasions before United took charge with goals from Thomas Lawerence, John Coife — his fourth goal of the tournament — and Luke Hendrie.

“Elsewhere in the Slemish last eight County Antrim lost to their southern counterparts Shamrock Rovers, going down 3-1.

In the Dunluce Trophy there were two wins for the County sides as Armagh set up a semi-final meeting with Londonderry at Castlerock at 5pm this afternoon.

Armagh got there courtesy of being given a 2-0 win for their proposed game with Club Marcet which didn’t go ahead after Marcet’s withdrawal earlier in the week.

Londonderry, meanwhile saw off County Fermanagh’s challenge in Broughshane with a goal apiece from Ruairi Quinn and Sam Boylan — Joshua McIlwaine replied for the Erne side.

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