Glasgow Rangers took a step closer to the semi-finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
Sam Jamieson scored a brace in front of a bumper Dale Farm Milk Cup. The win means the Light Blues are in with a good chance of making the semi-finals, while Liverpool will have to compete in one of the subsidiary competitions.
County Down kept themselves in the hunt for a semi-final place with a 2-1 win over Dundalk Schools at Rugby Avenue in Coleraine. Down now have four points with a game against Brentford to come.
After the Dundalk game, manager Kyle Spiers said: “I’d would have been happier if we had beat Queen of the South on Monday as that was a winnable game, but I can’t complain about four points from two games. We’ve a tough game in Brentford tomorrow, but if we win that then there is a good chance we could be in the semi-finals.
“Dundalk were strong but we played well all over the park. We were 1-0 down at half-time but we made a few changes and we dominated the second half and I think we could have scored more. It actually looked like it was going to be a draw, but thankfully we got the winner.”
Down weren’t the only County side to record a victory. Tyrone beat Fermanagh 3-1 in the Ulster derby at Scroggy Road, while Stefan Seaton’s Antrim claimed their second win of the competition with a 2-0 win over Ollie Mullan’s Londonderry. Donegal Schools beat County Armagh 2-0.
Everton’s dreams of retaining the Dale Farm Milk Cup were dashed at Anderson Park when they lost 4-1 to Brazilian side Corinthians. The hugely impressive Fabricio scored twice for the boys from Sao Paulo. He could be one to watch for both the rest of the tournament and for the future.
O’Higgins of Chilean recorded a 2-0 win over Yorkshire outfit Sheffield United at Clough. David Andres Salazar Bustamante and Christopher Alejandro Ortiz Ayala grabbed the goals for the South Americans.
Watford claimed their first win of the tournament with a 1-0 win over American side Global Premier Soccer. Although GPS are based in the states they’ve got a number of Northern Irish players in their squad.
Brentford slipped to a surprise defeat at the Riada in Ballymoney. The lost 3-1 to Scottish side Queen of the South, who now move onto four points.
Plymouth Argyle kept their place at the top of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Junior section table with a 1-0 win over the JFA Academy from Japan, in Clough.
Chilean side Santa Marta slipped to their second defeat of the tournament when they lost 4-0 to Swindown Town at Castlerock. Southampton kept up their 100% record with a 2-1 win over Motherwell at Parker Avenue.
North Dublin Schools recorded a 1-0 win over Australian outfit at Roe Mill, while Mexican side Chivas and Middlesbrough played out a scoreless draw at Broughshane. Chivas have four points and can still qualify for the semi-final.
At the close Corinthians, Plymouth Argyle, County Antrim and Rangers are favourites for the semi-finals, but with a one day of qualifying games to go there is still all to play for.