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Duff happy to see Ballymena fly out of traps

Ball boys: Dungannon’s Ben Walker and Ballinamallard’s Luke McAnespy
Ball boys: Dungannon’s Ben Walker and Ballinamallard’s Luke McAnespy

By Keith Bailie

While county teams and foreign sides rule the roost in the other sections, Irish League clubs are the star attraction in the Minor event.

Eleven NIFL clubs play in the SuperCup’s Under-13 age group, with Dungannon, Linfield, Glenavon and Ballymena United all recording opening day wins.

Ballymena coach Chris Duff, who watched his side beat Larne 4-0 in Clough, said: “We don’t set the players any targets, other than go out and enjoy it.

“Yes, we would love to win a trophy, but the main thing is that the kids enjoy it. It’s fantastic that Irish League clubs now have the opportunity to play.”

Elsewhere, Dungannon United, coached by former Dungannon Swifts managers Dixie Robinson and Rodney McAree, had a 2-0 win over Ballinamallard United at the Ulster University campus in Coleraine.

At the same venue, League of Ireland academy side Finn Harps defeated Samuel McIlveen’s Ballyclare Colts 1-0.

Linfield beat Portadown 2-0 in Portstewart, while Glentoran lost 2-1 to local Coleraine side Bertie Peacocks at Anderson Park.

Beijing BFA defeated Warrenpoint Town 3-0 at Castlerock. Holders Greenisland lost 2-1 to Glenavon, while hosts Coleraine lost 3-1 to Global Premier Soccer.

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