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Local heroes: Dylan Davidson celebrates after giving County Antrim the lead in their 4-1 win over Santa Marta de Liray of Chile

Local heroes: Dylan Davidson celebrates after giving County Antrim the lead in their 4-1 win over Santa Marta de Liray of Chile

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Local heroes: Dylan Davidson celebrates after giving County Antrim the lead in their 4-1 win over Santa Marta de Liray of Chile

Stefan Seaton has warned that while his Antrim team like to keep their changing rooms tidy, it won't be easy for them to sweep up at the Milk Cup.

Last year, Antrim's Junior side lost to Everton in the final in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

This year, they kicked-off their Milk Cup campaign with an impressive 4-1 victory over Chilean side Santa Marta de Liray at The Warren in Portstewart, with Dylan Davidson, Liam McKenna, Tyler Johnston and Jack McCourt grabbing the goals.

Despite their 4-1 win, Seaton made his boys sweep the changing rooms after the game.

"I asked the groundsman for some brushes so we could tidy the changing rooms and he told me only two teams had ever done that before – Everton and South Coast Bayern – and they both made it to the final.

"Perhaps that's a good omen, but that's not what it's about.

"We like to keep our boys grounded.We had a good result today, but we could still lose the next four.

"It was a very good performance but we're not getting carried away. It's a horrible old cliché, but we just take one game at a time.

"We've a really difficult game against County Londonderry next. It's a derby game and all the players know each other, so it will be a different sort of game."

Ollie Mullan's County Londonderry squad got off to a good start with a 1-1 draw with Scottish side Motherwell. Michael Brown grabbed the goal for the home side.

There was another 1-1 draw between a county side and a Scottish club at Castlerock, when Kyle Spiers' County Down drew with Queen of the South.

Rangers proved to be a big draw at Institute's Riverside Stadium. The Glasgow outfit packed the stands in Drumahoe and put Pat McGibbon's County Armagh side to the sword, recording a 3-0 victory in an entertaining encounter.

Chivas beat County Tyrone 4-0 at Anderson Park in Coleraine. After the match Tyrone manager Conor Marlin waxed lyrical about the Mexicans.

"They're one of the best sides I've seen at that level in some time. I've told the boys not to worry about the result, we actually played very well against quality opposition," he said.

Corinthians beat County Fermanagh 4-0 with an impressive display of South American football.

They were mixed results for the two Merseyside clubs. Last years winners Everton managed a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, while Liverpool beat Sheffield United 3-1.

Southampton are some people's favourites for the Junior title. They got their campaign off to a good start with an impressive 4-2 win over Swindon Town.

Brentford beat Watford 2-0 in a Greater London derby. Juan Pablo Gonzales Velasco and Joshua Bohu both found the net for The Bees.

Elsewhere, Plymouth Argyle beat North Dublin Schools 5-0 while Donegal Schools lost 3-0 to Chilean side O'Higgins. Dundalk Schools recorded a 1-0 win over Global Premier Soccer, while Japanese side JFA Academy beat Australian outfit Sydney United 1-0.

Belfast Telegraph