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In pictures: Francis sends Tyrone into final four as Antrim's SuperCupNI treble bid ends early

Tyrone's Lewis Francis celebrates sending his side into the semi-finals.
Tyrone's Lewis Francis celebrates sending his side into the semi-finals.
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Lewis Francis celebrates after scoring his sides winning goal Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Lewis Francis celebrates after scoring his sides winning goal Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Shea O'Hare in action with Colina's Santiage Barros Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Jamie Donnell in action with Colina's Simon Montecinos Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Lewis Francis in action with Colina's Simon Montecinos Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Jamie Donnell in action with Colina's Simon Montecinos Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Steven Scott in action with Colina's Diego Rivera Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Lewis Francis in action with Colina's Simon Montecinos Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Junior section match between Co Tyrone and Colina Tyrones Lewis Francis in action with Colina's Simon Montecinos Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Co Antrim against Pumas Unam at Anderson park Coleraine. Co Antrims Connor Scannell in action with Pumas Carranza Kleber Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Co Antrim against Pumas Unam at Anderson park Coleraine. Co Antrims Connor Scannell in action with Pumas Dominguez Iker Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Co Antrim against Pumas Unam at Anderson park Coleraine. Co Antrims Connor Scannell in action with Pumas Dominguez Iker Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Co Antrim against Pumas Unam at Anderson park Coleraine. Co Antrims Callum Marshall in action with Pumas Perez IsaacMandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Co Antrim against Pumas Unam at Anderson park Coleraine. Co Antrims Jack Montgomery in action with Pumas Sanchez Iker Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Co Antrim against Pumas Unam at Anderson park Coleraine. Co Antrims Jonathan Yip in action with Pumas Perez Isaac Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
31st July 2019 Statsports Supercup NI 2019 Co Antrim against Pumas Unam at Anderson park Coleraine. Co Antrims Jonathan Yip in action with Pumas Perez Isaac Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Battle lost: Antrim’s Connor Scannell  challenges Carranza Kleber of Pumas

By Keith Bailie

County Antrim’s dream of winning the Junior section for a third year in a row came undone at Anderson Park, yesterday morning.

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Mexican side Pumas Unam in Coleraine inflicted the Saffrons Juniors’ first STATSport SuperCupNI defeat in three years.

The shock victory by 10-men Pumas saw them progress to the last four, where they will be joined by Rangers, Charlton Athletic and County Tyrone in a star-studded line-up.

Tyrone can now look forward to a glamour game against Rangers, while Charlton Athletic take on Antrim’s conquerors Pumas.

Antrim manager Stefan Seaton said: “Regardless of the situation with qualification, that wasn’t the result we were looking for.

“We were in a battle and we lost that battle because we didn’t adapt to the game well enough, and it cost us. That in itself is a learning curve for the players.”

Tyrone recorded a 1-0 victory over Collina of Chile courtesy of Lewis Francis’ goal, in Ahogill, which was enough to see them reach the last four.

Manchester United disappointed again, suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic at Scroggy Road in Limavady. That result puts the Londoners into the semi-final.

At Scroggy Road, a goal from Mackenzie Strachan was enough to give Rangers a 1-0 victory over Global Premier Soccer, and a place in the knock-out rounds.

Elsewhere, Gary McAlister’s County Down impressed in a 3-0 win over Strikers at the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney. Aaron Whightman, Joe Clousins and Patrick Shearer scored the goals.

Down in Castlerock, there was a 2-0 win for Cherry Orchard over Newcastle Upon Tyne side Wallsend Boys, while Dundee United and O’Higgins played out a thrilling encounter at Clough which ended in a 3-3 draw.

At the Riada, Dundalk Schools impressed with a 4-1 win over Bracknell Town.

At Anderson Park, County Londonderry defeated Armagh 1-0 with Sean Carlin on target. Arsenal beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in an all-English clash. In Portstewart, Leeds United defeated County Fermanagh 3-2.

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