SuperCupNI Day 2

Tuesday started with another trip to Clough and the fantastic home-made soup on sale was only a small part in the decision. The real reason was the game between Southampton and a very impressive Dublin side Cherry Orchard.

Southampton 0 Cherry Orchard 2

Cherry Orchard had a great chance to take the lead in the opening minute, Sean Aluebhosele low cross on the right found Jamal Ibrahim inside the six yard box but he shot straight at Oliver Wright. The keeper was in action again five minutes later stretching to tip over a Luke Turner free-kick from the right hand angle of the box.

The Dublin side was dominating the early stages and when Conor Gilbert crossed from the left Sean Aluebhosele’s header was only just wide of the far post. Southampton eventually threatened at the other end, a good move involving Seamus Keogh, Daniel Jones and Dylan Morgan ended with Seamus Keogh shooting narrowly over.

Cherry Orchard were back on the attack and on twelve minutes Conor Gilbert’s cross from the left went beyond the back post where Issac Abankwah played the ball back across goal, Jamal Ibrahim looked certain to score but he shot over from close range. The breakthrough came four minutes before the break, Issac Abankwah broke forward from halfway before passing to Adam Cleary who shot past Oliver Wright in to is top right hand corner.

Half-Time:- Southampton 0 Cherry Orchard 1

Saints threatened  five minutes into the half when Jack Turner sent a free-kick from midway inside the Cherry Orchard half into the box and Will Tizzard got his head to it forcing a save  from Jimmy Corcoran high to his left. With just over ten minutes remaining Cherry Orchard sealed the win with a second goal, Conor Gilbert swung in a corner from the right for Jamie Whelan to head past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Southampton 0 Cherry Orchard 2

Southampton:- Oliver Wright; Seamus Keogh, Sam Bailey, Thomas Bragg (Will Tizzard 22 mins), Liam Short (Ethan Hill 26 mins); Seung Woo Yang; Daniel Jones, Roland Idowu (Jack Turner 34 mins), Dylan Morgan (Mikey Saunders 34 mins) , Dylan Duffy; Frank Lovett (Luke Hallett 44 mins).

Not Used:- Nicholas Komey.

Cherry Orchard:- Jimmy Corcoran; Kevin Donovan, Ben Keegan, Luke Turner, Conor Gilbert; Danny Kelch (Karl Delaney 51 mns), Jamie Whelan, Adam Cleary (Cormac Rafferty 51 mins), Issac Abankwah (Ross Quigley 51 mins); Sean Aluebhosele (Zack Furey 38 mins), Jamal Ibrahim (Kyle Cosgrove 40 mins).

Not Used:- Adam Bennett, Stephen Egan, 


Next up would be a trip to Ballymoney for the Premier Section (U18) game between County Armagh and Komazawa University from Japan. The previous games, and the competition Rangers are playing in, is the Junior Section (U16). This game would be two 35 minute periods ( Junior Section is two 30 minute periods)

Komazawa Uni FC 0 County Armagh 0

This was a fairly even game with a draw being a fair result, the Japanese side had the first real chance after a quarter-hour. Yuya Hashimoto  passed to Sota Kobayashi inside the left side of the penalty area with Liam Hughes quick from his line to make the block. Within a minute Mark Lukas replied for County Armagh with a twenty-five yarder just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Around the twenty-minute mark  a free kick was delivered from the right and the referee spotted an off the ball foul on Luke Wilson and pointed to the spot, Ryan Latifi stepped up but was foiled by a brilliant save from Riki Toriyama diving low to his right.

The second half was punctuated with numerous substitutions from both sides. There was nine minutes remaining when Andrew McAlinden chased a Lee Upton clearance towards the right hand byline and when he sent in his cross the ball bounced of the face of the crossbar. Kamazawa had a great chance to win it right at the end, Liam Hughes just getting a foot to Kazumi Hoshima’s low ball from the right with Taga Obi waiting to pounce.

Full-Time:- Komazawa Uni FC 0 County Armagh 0


Next stop was Limavady for Rangers second game against Colina from Chile who had lost 3-0 to Manchester United the previous night.

Colina 0 Rangers 5

It was a comfortable win for Rangers side against a poor Chilean team that failed to score in their three games and never seriously threatened the Rangers goal. Rangers opened the scoring on nine minutes with Kai Kennedy crossing from the left for Faisu Sangare to head past the keeper.

The second goal followed three minutes later, a great Matty Yates through ball on the right side of the box was matched by Faisu Sangare’s turn to create the space to shoot past the keeper. Rangers third came just after the twenty-minute mark, Kai Kennedy passing in from the left for Ciaran Dickson to shoot across the keeper and into the net.

Half-Time:- Colina 0 Rangers 3

Five minutes after the break Kyle McLelland powered a header when Matty Yates delivered a corner from the right with Christopher Rios producing a fine point-blank save. Rangers fourth came midway through the half, a superb Kai Kennedy free-kick from the right hand angle of the box into the keeper’s top right hand corner.

The scoring was complete five minutes before the end when Darren Watterson played the ball forward to Simon Millar who continued into the left side of the box to shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Colina 0 Rangers 5

Colina:- Christopher Rios; Felipe Laso, Bastien Puchi, Rodrigo Vergara, Benjamin Reyes; Felipe Orostica; Jesus Bravo, Fernando Urzua; Simon Diaz, Cristobal Miranda, Miguel Montecinos.

Subs:- Thomas Ceron, Gabriel Rivera, Cristobal Valencia, Benjamin Segovia, Benjamin Campos, Moises Perez, Dylan Oklguin.

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Ryan Muir (Callum Biggar HT), Ally Monro, Harris O’Connor, Darren Watterson; Murray Miller, Kyle McLelland; Ciaran Dickson (Robbie Fraser HT); Matty Yates (Tom Henderson 40 mins), Faisu Sangare (Aaron Bryson HT), Kai Kennedy (Simon Millar 45 mins).

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Euan Deveney.



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