Tyrone boys get a shot at Hoops after being drawn together in SuperCupNI
The draw for the STATSports SuperCupNI 2019 was completed at the MAC in Belfast last night by former Manchester United defender David May.
May, who was part of the 1999 treble squad, helped conduct the draw for the Minor (Under-13), Junior (Under-15) and the Premier (Under-17) sections.
STATSports SuperCupNI chairman Victor Leonard said this year’s tournament could be one of the biggest and best yet.
“When we started out in 1983 I never thought it would get as big,” he said. “Through our title sponsor STATSports and partnership with Global Premier Soccer we have been able to create a new dimension.”
In the Premier section draw, first-time Under-17 entrants Celtic will face County Tyrone and American and French opponents.
First-time competitors Valencia face Armagh and Fermanagh, while Group A has thrown former winners Right to Dream from Ghana in with last year’s runners-up County Down.
In the Junior section, Manchester United will face Strikers from California, while Arsenal will make their debut against Global Premier Soccer (USA).
In the Minor Under-13 tournament, Larne, Ballymena United and last year’s winners Greenisland battle with Glenavon in Group D. In Group C there is a derby clash between Coleraine FC and Bertie Peacock Youth.
The tournament begins with a parade of teams in Coleraine on July 28 with finals night at Ballymena Showgrounds on August 2.
MINOR U13 SECTION: Group A: Linfield FC, Portadown FC, Ballyclare Colts and Reeds FC (India). Group B: Dungannon United Youth, Ballinamallard United, Warrenpoint Town FC and Beijing BFA (China). Group C: Glentoran FC, Bertie Peacock Youth, Coleraine FC and Global Premier Soccer (America). Group D: Glenavon FC, Greenisland FC, Ballymena United and Larne FC.
JUNIOR U15 section: Monday, July 29: Manchester Utd v Strikers, Leeds Utd v Albion Soccer Club, Pumas Unam (Mexico) v Wallsend Boys Club, Co Antrim v Dundalk SL, Co Armagh v Rangers, Co Down v O’Higgins (Chile), Co Fermanagh v Charlton Athletic, Co Londonderry v Plymouth Argyle, Co Tyrone v Bracknell Town, Cherry Orchard v Colina (Chile), Global Premier Soccer v Arsenal. Tuesday, July 30: Leeds Utd v Wallsend Boys Club, Rangers v Bracknell Town, Pumas Unam v Strikers, Co Armagh v Albion Soccer Club, Co Down v Global Premier Soccer, Co Fermanagh v Co Antrim, Co Londonderry v Arsenal, Co Tyrone v Manchester Utd, Cherry Orchard v Dundalk SL, Plymouth Argyle v O’Higgins, Charlton Athletic v Colina. Wednesday, July 31: O’Higgins v Albion Soccer Club, Co Antrim v Pumas Unam, Co Armagh v Co Londonderry, Co Fermanagh v Leeds Utd, Co Tyrone v Colina, Cherry Orchard v Wallsend Boys Club, Global Premier Soccer v Rangers, Strikers v Co Down, Bracknell Town v Dundalk SL, Plymouth Argyle v Arsenal, Charlton Athletic v Manchester Utd
PREMIER U17 section: Group A: Right to Dream (Ghana), Atlante (Mexico), Riseisha HS (Japan) and County Down. Group B: Celtic FC, Global Premier Soccer, Vendee (France) and County Tyrone. Group C: Desportes Iquique (Chile), NC Elite (USA), Chippenham Town and County Antrim. Group D: Valencia, Strikers (USA), County Armagh and County Fermanagh. Group E: Newcastle United, FC Edmonton (Canada), Hull City and County Londonderry