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SuperCupNI: Celtic to face Everton in U21 decider

By Keith Bailie

The SuperCupNI has its dream final for its first ever Under 21 showpiece.

Celtic will take on Everton at the Ballymena Showgrounds tomorrow evening after both sides impressed in last night's semi-finals.

The Celtic Bhoys defeated Real Sociedad 3-1 in Ballymena, while Everton's youngsters beat Espanyol 1-0 at Coleraine Showgrounds.

In Ballymena, Celtic had to come from behind on their SuperCup debut after trailing 1-0 to Real Sociedad at half-time.

In the 44th minute, Xabi Auzmendi hit an incredible 20-yard shot that rocketed into the top corner of the Celtic net.

However, the Bhoys fight back started early in the second half, with Calvin Miller scoring two fine goals in the opening 10 minutes.

And mid-way through the half, Jamie Lindsay booked Celtic's place in the final with a lovely third goal.

He waltzed through the Sociedad defence, beating three defenders, before slotting the ball home.

At the other Showgrounds, it was a Harry Charsley goal which earned Everton a 1-0 win over Barcelona-based outfit Espanyol.

The first half at Coleraine was a relatively tame affair, with Charsley having the best chance in the 20th minute, only to be denied by the Espanyol goalkeeper.

But Charsley did find the net in the 51st minute.

His penalty box effort was enough to give the Merseyside club the lead.

However, just three minutes later the Toffees were forced to reach the final the hard way when they were reduced to 10 men when Liam Walsh received the first red card of the tournament.

The two Spanish clubs will play each other in the third-placed play-off at the Ballymena Showgrounds at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, while the final will kick-off immediately afterwards at 5pm.

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