Recognition of our staff

While our tournament is ultimately about the players, nothing could be achieved without the support of those in the background, the staff who give their time not just during tournament week but in the months leading up to it.

We win as a team and we lose as a team. Thanks to everyone for their commitment, drive and support.

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Awards presentations

The curtain came down on our 2017 SuperCupNI tournament with the awards presentations at The Lodge Hotel on Friday afternoon.

In the presence of county staff and parents, we celebrated our boys’ achievements, not only during the tournament week, but for the duration of the trials and preparation period.

Chairman Paul O’Kane presided over the presentations and thanked all those present for their hard work and dedication over the past seven weeks. Each player and staff member received a medal, while the following awards were made:

PREMIER TEAM

Manager’s Player of the Tournament – Jack Conlon
Players’ Player of the Tournament – Jack Conlon
Top Goal scorer – Tom Mathieson
McCloskey Cup – Matthew Lee

JUNIOR TEAM

Manager’s Player of the Tournament – Dylan Boyle
Players’ Player of the Tournament – Jacob Collins
Top Goal scorer – Aidan Steele
Nevin Spence Cup – Naseem Ouldhamlat

Premier Team 2 County Londonderry 1


The Premier side finished their week as Bowl runners-up after coming from behind to beat Londonderry at Castlerock.

The game’s earliest chance came on 10 minutes and almost resulted in an own goal in Down’s favour. A left sided cross from Jack Conlon was missed by Ross Weatherup only for the defender to nearly turn it into his own net.

A few moments later and Ruari O’Hare flicked on a throw in for Adam Carroll but he blazed his shot over the crossbar.

Londonderry opened the scoring on 19 minutes when Callum Browne found himself in space and opened his body up to bend the ball over the top of the goalkeeper and into the top corner.

Down had the perfect chance to level matters on 39 minutes when Callum Ferris was bundled over in the box. The striker took the kick himself but presented an easy save for keeper Purcell.

A triple substitution by Down added fresh legs to the game and on 51 minutes one of the replacements, Dean Truesdale forced the keeper into a decent stop from a free kick. Moments later and a shot from Conlon struck the crossbar.

On 63 minutes Down were finally level. Truesdale’s free kick in from the right was headed across the box by O’Hare and captain-for-the-day James McCarthy stole in to power home a header.

Just as Down looked destined for their fourth draw of the week, an unexpected winner arrived on 69 minutes. Yet another Truesdale free kick did the damage as his shot came back off the bar and there was Ferris to knock it back goal wards with the keeper unable to keep the ball out.

The four points gained from the past two days were confirmed as enough for the team to take 2nd place in the six team Bowl table and so the side received runners-up medals late on Friday.

TEAM: 1 Scott Pengelly (19 Matty Anderson, HT), 2 Mal Smith (3 Jamie Glover, 61), 5 James McCarthy (capt.), 7 Tom Mathieson (6 Jack Henderson, 47), 8 Matthew Lee, 9 Callum Ferris, 10 Adam Carroll (11 Dean Truesdale, 47), 11 Ruari O’Hare, 14 Dan Smith, 16 Ross Weatherup (15 Cai Gemmell, 47), 18 Jack Conlon


Bowl Final: Junior Team 0 Middlesbrough 4

Middlesbrough claimed the SuperCupNI Bowl with a convincing win against County Down juniors.
On a breezy day in Broughshane Middlebrough took an early lead from the spot.
Keeper Ryan Dalzell had made a block from Joseph Ridley and as play continued Cowan went in late on the striker to concede a penalty. Ridley moved forward to calmly out his side ahead with ten minutes gone.
Boro were just about shading the possession but were the more penetrative of the two teams.
On the stroke of half time the English team doubled their lead through McKenzie Dicicco, who picked up a through ball on the right of goal and cut a shot across Dalzell.
On 43 minutes a rare effort from Down saw Ben McMorris hit a shot from 25 yards i to the keeper’s arms.
Less than a minute later Middlesbrough stretched their lead to three. Ridley was sent clear through the middle and as the keeper advanced he chipped the ball in from the 18 yard line.
A minute from the end Boro completed the scoring with a fourth goal from Harry Healy who shot across Dalzell from inside the box.
A valiant effort from the side the end the week but ultimately a game too far for the Down juniors.
TEAM: 19 Ryan Dalzell, 2 Dylan Boyle (capt.), 3 Cian Gantley (11 Eoin Teggart, HT), 4 Callum McVeigh, 5 Jacob Collins (15 John McGivern, HT) , 6 Kris Cowan, 8 Aiden Steele, 9 Aaron Brown (18 Ben Hollinger 40), 12 Ben McMorris (7 Bailey Locke, 43), 16 Naseem Ouldhamlat, 17 George Tipton (10 Ross Hunter, 38). Sub not used: Marc Matthews.

“Final” day

Friday is our last day (sad face). But we’ve a final to look forward to.

Our Junior team are first up this morning when they play Middlesborough for the Bowl at 11am at Knockan Road, Broughshane.

Then at 2pm the Premier team complete their fixtures with a match against Co Londonderry at Castlerock.

Finally we’ll welcome all players and parents back to The Lodge for some short presentations at 4pm.

Premier Team 2 Kamazawa 2


The Down Premier team twice came from behind to earn a point against Kamazawa in the first Bowl match.

It was the Japanese visitors who had the lion’s share of the play in the first half, and they tested Matty Anderson as early as the 5th minute with a drive from Taiga Obi.

By 18 minutes Kamazawa were in front. From his position around 25 yards out, Yuya Hashimota took a quick look before fizzing the ball away from Anderson and into the bottom right hand corner.

With the new half nine minutes old Down found an equaliser. A free kick into the Kamazawa area was half cleared as far as Cai Gemmell, who hit a first time volley over the heads of everyone to make it 1-1.

The Japanese tourists regained their advantage in the 53rd minute when Hashimota nipped in behind the defence to tuck the ball neatly by the keeper.

As the rain fell heavily on the Riada pitch, Down’s Ross Weatherup had a great chance to pull his side level, but he arrived just a fraction too late to make proper contact with Tom Mathieson’s front post cross.

The equalising goal did arrive five minutes from time. Truesdale’s corner kick from the right met the head of captain Adam McAleenan and he powered the ball home to secure the draw for his team.

TEAM: 19 Matty Anderson, 4 Adam McAleenan (capt.), 5 James McCarthy, 6 Jack Henderson, 7 Tom Mathieson, 8 Matty Lee, 10 Adam Carroll, 12 Ruari O’Hare (11 Dean Truesdale, 28), 14 Dan Smith (3 Jamie Glover, 60), 15 Cai Gemmell (16 Ross Weatherup, 45), 18 Jack Conlon (2 Mal Smith, 60). Sub not used: Scott Pengelly.

Junior Team 2 Swindon Town 2 (Down win 4-3 on penalties)


The Junior team booked their place in Friday’s Bowl final with a penalty shootout win over Swindon Town at Clough.

The Down team had led 2-0 at the break only to be pegged by the English visitors, but a double penalty save by Ryan Dalzell in the shootout sent them on their way to the final.

A great start from Down saw them ahead on seven minutes when Eoin Teggart slipped a pass inside for Aaron Brown, who finished coolly under the goalkeeper.

On 14 minutes it was 2-0 as a long kick out from Dalzell found Aiden Steele high on the left and he cut inside a defender to surprise the keeper with a low shot that crept just inside the post.

In a more than comfortable first half showing, Brown had the luxury of hooking a shot over the crossbar, while the goalkeeper also pushed a shot from Teggart into the side netting. Right on the half time whistle Swindon pulled one back when Christian Rowe thumped into the roof of the net, after Dalzell had made a good initial save.

Swindon upped their game after the break and pulled the match level on 40 minutes. A corner from the right dropped deep inside the Down area and William King was on hand to knock the ball home.

As Down looked for a reply Brown was unlucky with a 47th minute effort that the goalkeeper pushed around his post but the danger was increasing at the other end. With seven minutes left a Swindon free kick from the left was knocked out to the edge of the box from where Shay Edwards cracked the ball against the bar.

With no further goals, the match proceed to penalties with both teams successful from first kicks before Down took a 2-1 lead. That became 3-2 before both teams missed their fourth kicks, setting it up for Aiden Steel to strike home the fifth and book the final place.

TEAM: 19 Ryan Dalzell, 2 Dylan Boyle (capt.), 4 Callum McVeigh, 5 Jacob Collins (7 Bailey Locke, 43), 6 Kris Cowan, 8 Aiden Steele, 9 Aaron Brown, 10 Ross Hunter, 11 Eoin Teggart, 14 Benji Magee (17 George Tipton, 36), 16 Naseem Ouldhamlat. Subs not used: Marc Matthews, Cian Gantley, Ben McMorris, Ben Hollinger

Penalty scorers: Hunter, Tipton, McVeigh, Steele.


Thursday fixtures

Thursday’s fixtures are now confirmed.

The Junior team will play for the SuperCupNI Bowl, facing Swindon Town at Clough at noon.

The Premier team also enter the Bowl competition, and will play Komazawa Uni (Japan) at 3.30pm at Riada 2, Ballymoney.