Belfast Telegraph

Deadly Down begin to earn some admiring glances

By Keith Bailie

There were three inter-county derbies in yesterday's SuperCupNI Premier section, with Down, Antrim and Tyrone claiming the spoils.

John Bailie's Down team are emerging as potential contenders after they overcame Armagh 2-1 at the Coleraine Showgrounds, where Adam Garland and Niall Cassidy got the goals for Bailie's boys.

Holders Antrim are also in the mix for qualification after beating Londonderry 2-1 in Ballymena with Padraig Hughes and Francis Nolan finding the net.

In Limavady, Tyrone claimed a 3-1 win over Fermanagh courtesy of strikes from Dylan O'Hagan, Armas Irzikevicus and Rhyss Campbell.

Newcastle United and Right To Dream played-out a six-goal thriller in Portstewart, drawing 3-3 at Seahaven, while Hibernian claimed their second win of the tournament, beating New Zealanders Otago 4-0 in Ballymoney's Riada Stadium.

Last year's beaten finalists Club America got the better of Real Sociedad, while Zambian outfit Lusaka recorded an impressive 3-1 win over New Zealanders MS Select in Clough.

Japanese club Ichifuna are considered to be dark horses for the Premier title and moved onto six points with a win over Columbian side Alset in Portstewart.

Brazilans Osasco bounced back from Monday's defeat to Hibs by beating The Strikers 2-0 in Broughshane, Belgian club Mechelen moved onto four points with a 2-1 win over Ponte Prera of Brazil at Rugby Avenue while, in Portrush, Chilean outfit O'Higgins followed up Monday's win over Right To Dream with a 4-0 defeat of 2014 finalists Vendee.

The top four teams after today's matches will qualify for tomorrow's semi-finals.

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