Bolton Wanderers will hope to prove that timing is everything when they contest their first ever Milk Cup final tonight (8.15pm).
Bolton only confirmed their entry to this year’s Milk Cup, their debut tournament, at the very last moment and now find themselves contesting tonight’s final.
Sammy Odelusi scored his third goal of the tournament to see off Desportivo Brazil in Ballymoney last night, but there was late heartache for Desportivo as Gustavo Scarpa lost a golden opportunity to draw level when he missed from the penalty spot in the dying seconds of the match.
Bolton will meet fellow debutants Etoile Lusitana in the final tonight after the Senegalese outfit beat Donegal Schools 2-1 at the Coleraine Showgrounds.
Joao Fernandes leads the race for this year’s Golden Boot as he struck goal number five of the tournament alongside Sidibouyeu Thiandoum’s effort to give them a late lead in the game.
Gary Merritt pulled one back for Donegal, but, alas, it was too little, too late as Etoile saw out a tense last few minutes.
Manchester United made up for their disappointment of crashing out of the main tournament by sealing their place in the Slemish Trophy final winning a tight contest with Shamrock Rovers 3-2.
Bradley Anderson and Republic of Ireland international William Keane scored a goal each, while John Cofie struck goal number five of the week.
Today they meet Hartlepool in Broughshane, after Pool saw off the challenge from South Coast Bayern.
In the Dunluce final, Londonderry will hope to keep the trophy in the county when they tackle Dublin-based outfit Cherry Orchard at Roe Mill in Limavady.
Londonderry won their second County ‘derby’ on the bounce when they put Armagh out in the quarter-final stage in Castlerock.
It was a tight affair though as goals from Sam Boylan and Cathair Friel saw the Derry boys race into a two goal lead, only for Ryan McIlroy to set up a grandstand finish.
Londonderry boss Doherty said: “We’re delighted to have made the final because we set out to make the Milk Cup final and after that wasn’t possible we wanted to make the Dunluce decider.
“We played Spurs on Monday so it’s easy to motivate the boys in a game like that and similarly when we played a very good Shamrock Rovers side.
“Fermanagh and Armagh both put it up to us over the last two days, but I felt we deserved our two wins in those games.”