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Out for the County

As the SuperCupNI draws to a conclusion for another year, Cliftonville Football Club extends congratulations to all of the Reds players who were involved in this week’s tournament.

A host of our young talents sported County Antrim’s colours over the past few days, with Ruadhán McKenna, Stephen McGuinness, Odhrán Casey (main image), Peter McKiernan, Paul Scullion, Dylan Snodden and Darren Hyland involved in the team which finished fourth in the Premier Section.

After overcoming Chilean outfit Deportes Iquique on Monday – when Solitude starlet McKiernan bagged the winner – Antrim overcame NC Elite (USA) before concluding their Group C schedule with a 1-1 draw against Chippenham Town of England to set up a Semi Final showdown with Newcastle United yesterday.

The Magpies proved too strong, however, with their 3-0 success at the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney sending Antrim into this afternoon’s Third-Place Play-Off with Right To Dream, where the Ghanaians came out on top.

The Junior squad, which featured Cliftonville’s Brodie Spencer, Conor Scannell and Caolan Millen, were SCNI Globe winners after seeing off Dundalk Schoolboys League in this morning’s decider – after which Scannell (below) was nominated as the Bertie Peacock County Player of the Tournament.

He netted one of the goals when his side’s SuperCupNI programme began with a 5-1 success over the very same opponents in Monday’s opener and, despite a 7-0 victory against County Fermanagh – when Scannell bagged a brace in addition to a single strike from Reds team-mate Spencer – a 2-0 defeat to Pumas Unam of Mexico spelt the end of Antrim’s dreams of a third successive Junior crown.

They did, however, overcome Arsenal at the Coleraine Showgrounds in yesterday’s Globe Semi Final, when Scannell was again on target, to set up today’s return clash with Dundalk, which saw Spencer register his second goal of the week in a 3-0 win that ensured the Juniors’ latest silverware from the competition.