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In pictures: Tyrone floor Celtic in seven goal thriller at SuperCupNI

And the result does County Antrim a huge favour...

Tyrone goal-scorers (l-r) Zach Ferson, Ben Gallagher, Jamie Robinson and James Convie celebrate their side's stunning victory over Celtic.
Tyrone goal-scorers (l-r) Zach Ferson, Ben Gallagher, Jamie Robinson and James Convie celebrate their side's stunning victory over Celtic.
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's James Convie is the hero scoring the winning goal In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone celebrate winning In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone celebrate winning In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Jamie Robinson celebrates his goal and Tyrones Third In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone celebrate winning In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone celebrate winning In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's zach Ferson celebrates his goal and Tyrones second In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 31st July 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Co Tyrone celebrate a 4-3 victory over Celtic in the Premier section of the STATSports SuperCupNI , at Coleraine Showgrounds . Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 31st July 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Co Tyrone Jamie Robinson celebrates scoring against Celtic in the Premier section of the STATSports SuperCupNI , at Coleraine Showgrounds . Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 31st July 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Co Tyrone Jamie Robinson celebrates scoring against Celtic in the Premier section of the STATSports SuperCupNI , at Coleraine Showgrounds . Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Celtic's Owen Moffat celebrates the equaliser In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Celtic's Josh Adam and Tyrone's James Convie In action In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Cameron Faulkner In action In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Jamie Robinson celebrates his goal and Tyrones Third In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's zach Ferson celebrates his goal and Tyrones second In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Olivio Guterres In action In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Terry Devlin In action In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Ben Gallagher celebrates his goal In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Ben Gallagher celebrates his goal In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Olivio Guterres In action In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -31/07/2019. Celtic v Tyrone Super Cup Ni Premier Section Tyrone's Olivio Guterres In action In tonights game at Coleraine Showgrounds Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 31st July 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Co Tyrone Zach Ferson celebrates scoring a goal against Celtic in the Premier section of the STATSports SuperCupNI , at Coleraine Showgrounds . Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 31st July 2019-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Co Tyrone James Convie scores the last gasp goal to beat Celtic 4-3 in the Premier section of the STATSports SuperCupNI , at Coleraine Showgrounds . Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

By Keith Bailie

Tyrone did fellow County side Antrim a massive favour by beating Celtic 4-3 at the Coleraine Showgrounds in what tournament aficionados are already considering one of the greatest games the SuperCupNI has ever seen.

Tyrone led 3-0 at half-time, only for Celtic to score three second-half goals.

Just when it looked like the Celts were on their way into the Premier section semi-finals, James Convie scored an injury-time winner for Tyrone.

Consequently, Antrim qualified for the semi-finals along with Valencia, Newcastle United and Right to Dream.

In today's semi-finals, Newcastle United will play County Antrim, while Valencia will face Right To Dream.

At the Showgrounds last night, Ben Gallagher gave Tyrone the lead with a towering 14th-minute header.

Zach Ferson made it 2-0 for Tyrone in the 31st minute, with Celtic struggling to contain the County men. Jamie Robinson scored the third three minutes later as things went from bad to worse for the Bhoys.

The Hoops fought their way back into the game thanks to goals from Adam Montgomery and Jaden Ferguson, before Owen Moffat scored an injury-time free-kick to equalise.

That goal would have been enough to put Celtic into the semi-finals, and knock Antrim out of the tournament.

However, Tyrone's Convie had other ideas. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, his low shot found the net after Celtic failed to clear a corner-kick, sparking wild celebrations.

Despite the defeat, Celtic still won their group with six points - but they turned out to be the tournament's unlucky winners. As there are five group winners but only four spots in the semi-finals, one group winner had to miss out. Unfortunately for Celtic, they were that side.

Despite the result, Celtic youth coach and former player Stephen McManus spoke positively about the tournament experience.

McManus said: "In football, you get what you deserve as a player. You can cheat your way to a career. I tell young players all the time that you get back from football what you put in.

"You don't play 50 or more games at a professional club by chance. It's because of the hard work and dedication the player has put in. And that's the spirit we're trying to implement. You must make sacrifices if you want longevity in your career."

Earlier in the day, County Antrim drew 1-1 with English side Chippenham Town, while at Portrush, NC Elite beat Deportes Iquique 1-0. Those results were enough to see Antrim top Group C with seven points, which subsequently proved to be enough to qualify.

In Group A, John Bailie's County Down went within a whisker of qualifying for the semi-finals for the second year in a row.

Yesterday, they beat Riseisha of Japan 2-1 in Castlerock with goals from Cillian Burns and Benjamin Magee leaving them with seven points.

However, Ghanaian academy side Right to Dream also collected seven points and claimed a last-four spot due to their superior goal difference. Yesterday, they beat Mexico's Atlante 4-0 in Broughshane.

Spanish giants Valencia made a slow start to the tournament, but they impressed at Scroggy Road yesterday in beating Strikers 7-1. That was enough to win Group D and reach the last four.

In the same group, Armagh won the all-county clash with Fermanagh at The Warren in Portstewart 3-1 thanks to strikes from Oran O'Kane, Joel Bassett and Oisin Conaty.

In Group E, Newcastle secured progress at Ballymoney with a 4-0 win against FC Edmonton. In the same group, County Londonderry tasted success at Portstewart, beating Hull City 2-1. Caolan McLoone and Robbie Donnell were on target.

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