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Courtney on a high as late double earns Fermanagh huge point

Get in: Co Antrim’s Peter McKiernan after finding the target
Get in: Co Antrim’s Peter McKiernan after finding the target

By Keith Bailie

Fermanagh youngster Conor Courtney was the star of the show at the Coleraine Showgrounds.

He scored two late goals to earn his county a 2-2 draw with Spanish giants Valencia in a controversial game.

Valencia led 2-0 thanks to a second-half brace from Borislav Ivailov, only for Courtney to score twice in the last five minutes.

Valencia thought they had scored a winner with the last kick of the game only for it to be ruled out, much to the frustration of the club's coaching staff.

But Courtney wasn't worried about that.

The man of the moment said: "This is an amazing feeling. There's nothing like it.

"To pick up a point for Fermanagh against a side like Valencia is brilliant, it's the stuff of dreams.

"They are probably one of the favourites, so to score twice against them is madness.

"We have that fighting spirit, and we have had it since the start. It is an amazing team to be a part of, I can't even put it into words.

"We thought we had lost it at the end there but the Valencia goal was ruled out. It was a relief.

"There was some confusion over why it was disallowed, but we don't care."

Courtney's equaliser was a penalty, which was almost saved by Valencia goalkeeper Juanvi Munzo.

Courtney laughed: "Thank God it went in.

"It was the most nervous moment of my life."

Fermanagh boss Scott Robinson said: "It was nothing more than we deserved. We had a game plan and we stuck to it all through the game.

"Valencia have some super players that know how to pass the ball, but our boys held their own. I thought we were unfortunate to fall 2-0 behind but the way the boys responded to it was incredible."

Elsewhere in the Premier section, County Antrim beat Mexican side Deportes Iquique 2-1 at the Riada, while John Bailie's County Down drew 0-0 with Right to Dream at Ulster University's Coleraine campus.

Newcastle United made short work of County Londonderry, winning 5-0 in Limavady.

There was defeat for County Armagh, who lost 3-2 to Strikers at Castlerock, while Tyrone drew 2-2 with 2014 finalists Vendee of France.

Scottish giants Celtic impressed at Portstewart. They defeated American outfit Global Premier Soccer 3-1.

Japanese side Riseisha beat Mexico's Atlante 5-0, while Canadian club Edmonton lost 3-1 to Hull City. American club NC Elite beat Chippenham Town 3-1.

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