2005 Tournament


LCD Television G McCrory; Belfast
Weekend in Lodge Hotel B Gordon; Belfast
Weekend in Regency Hotel S Skillen; Dromore
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Here we have a world exclusive account of the whole Milk Cup experience from a Junior squad players perspective – the one and the only Jamie “Bellions better than Pele” Bryson! Read More.


That’s it all over for another year and I think you can safely say both teams were a success in their own right. For a review of each teams performance in the Milk Cup click below:

Premier Review

Junior Review

5th AUGUST 2005 – AWARDS

Gary Hazley (Assistant Manager), Tennant McVea (Premier Captain) and Damian McCorry (Manager) collect the Premier Teams award for best Irish Team on finals night at the Showground’s Coleraine.

Junior Player of the Tournament – Nevin Spence Winner of the Jim McCloskey Award – Ian Curran Premier Player of the Tournament – Jay Magee


The Premier team celebrating their 5th place

Well this is it, the end of the Milk Cup 2005 where the Premier side beat Scottish outfit Livingston on penalties following a 1-1 draw after normal time. The goal came from Jay Magee after 3 mins. This meant that the team finished 5th over all, only beaten by the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto and Manchester United! Not bad at all.

Also on the final day the Junior side got beat in the final of the Dunluce Trophy 3 goals to nil by a strong Cherry Orchard side and where deserved winners. The Junior side were presented with their runners-up medals by the Mayor of Ballymoney.

The Junior team with their runners-up medals


An excellent day for both teams where one trophy was won. The Premier side were named Best Irish Team in the Premier section of the Milk Cup as they won their play off game against Cruz Azul 2-1 with goals from Colin Manley and Ryan Tumelty. As Cherry Orchard lost their play off game this means that the County Down Premier side are the best placed Irish side, regardless of the result of their final game against Livingston in the 5th or 6th placed play off game in the Milk Cup tomorrow.

Premier Captain Tennant McVea signs a supporters autograph Ryan Berry, Tennant McVea and Timmy Hanna enjoy a wash!!!!

As for the Junior side they have made it through to the final of the Dunluce Trophy after a nail biting penalty shoot out against County Derry. It was 1-1 after normal time and extra time, the goal coming from Kevin Coyle, so it was onto penalties where the junior side won 8-7. Next up its Cherry Orchard in the final!

Times and locations for tomorrows fixtures are as follows:

Premier – Milk Cup 5th or 6th Placed Play Off

Friday, 5th August, 2:00pm: Co. Down V Livingston (Parker Avenue, Portrush)

Junior – Dunluce Trophy Final

Friday, 5th August, 11:00am: Co. Down v Cherry Orchard (Showgrounds, Ballymoney)


The mascot for the Porto game – Lorcan McKevitt from Newry.

Today saw both teams take part in their respective quarter finals, with mixed results. The Premier side took on FC Porto at a rain soaked Ballymoney Showground’s where the Portuguese turned out to be to strong, coming out on top 3-1 winners, the Down goal scored by a Craig Patterson volley. This ended the Premier sides interest in the Milk Cup proper with only places left to play for, and in this, trying to become the Best Placed Irish Team as Cherry Orchard are still involved.

Meanwhile the Junior team took on Swindon in the Quarter Finals of the Dunluce Trophy. At 1-1 at half time, there was little to separate either team after the opening goal from Dean McCormick. Second half goals from Joshua Magennis and Seamus McDonnell meant that the Junior side won the match 3-2 and ensured their progression into the semi finals with a match against County Derry.

So the fixtures and venues for both teams in Day 4 of the tournament are as follows:

Premier – Milk Cup 5th – 8th Placed Play Off

Thursday, 4th August, 2:00pm: Co. Down V Cruz Azul (Coleraine University)

Junior – Dunluce Trophy Semi Final

Thursday, 4th August, 4:00pm: Co. Down v Co. Derry (Rugby Avenue, Coleraine)


Day 2 of the Milk Cup and it was a mixed day of fortune for the sides. It was disappointment for the Junior squad who got beat 2-1 by Maccabi Haifa. The scorer was Chris White. But the Premier squad finally found their scoring form with a superb 5-0 victory over Otago. Scorers were Colin Manley, Ryan Tumelty (2), Tennant McVea and Jay Magee. Photos and more information can be found on Otagos site.

The results of the matches today also determined were the teams finished over all in their respective leagues. The Premier squad finished high enough to get into the Milk Cup proper (Quarter Final) and were drawn against Portuguese giants Porto. The Junior squad got into the Dunluce Trophy – Quarter Final and were drawn against Swindon Town. The times and venues for both matches are as follows:

Premier – Milk Cup Quarter Final

Wednesday, 3rd August, 7:00pm: Co. Down V FC Porto (Ballymoney Showgrounds)

Junior – Dunluce Trophy Quarter Final

Wednesday, 3rd August, Noon: Co. Down v Swindon (Megaw Park, Ballymoney)


Today saw the first round of matches for both sides at the Milk Cup. The Premier side drew 0-0 with Sheffield United while the Junior side got beat 2-0 by the premiership side Everton.


The Premier team in training

Into the final week for both teams with preparations almost complete -thankfully there are no injuries to report and both panels are raring to go. Both teams will report to The Lodge Hotel on Sunday 31 st July. The opening parade will take place from the Diamond Coleraine to Coleraine Showground’s at 7pm on Sunday.


Both teams are back in training after their break over the 12th July. The Junior team came back on Thursday 14th July with the Premier team having the week off.

The 2 Coaches Kylie Spiers and Ronnie Cromie The Junior team in training

Coming into the last weekend before both teams have final games against a Loughgall XI for the Premier team and against Ards Juniors for the Junior team fixed for this Saturday.


Fixtures for the opening two days of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup 2005 are as follows:

Junior Section

MONDAY, 1st AUGUST, Noon: Everton v Co. Down ( Anderson Park, Coleraine)

TUESDAY, 2nd AUGUST, Noon: Maccabi Haifa v Co. Down (Rugby Ave. Coleraine)

Premier Section

MONDAY, 1st AUGUST, 3:30pm: Sheffield Utd v Co. Down (The Warren, Portstewart)

TUESDAY, 2nd AUGUST, 3:30pm: Otago v Co. Down ( Anderson Park, Coleraine)


The bus left Sprucefield at midday and by 3 o’clock both teams were in the Regency Hotel for the pre match meal. On to the AUL centre, where Cherry Orchard were waiting to play both Down Teams. The Junior Team came out with creditable scoreless draw whist the Premier Team lost by the odd goal in three. The Manager wasn’t impressed!

On to Saturday where the Junior Team played North Dublin Schools and after an even first half the Down boys began to show what they were capable of and played their best half thus far winning 4-1. The Premier Team had the day off and cooled down at Portmarnock strand. The Junior Team went 10 pin bowling on Saturday night.

On to Sunday morning when a rather tired Junior Team lost by the only goal to a Dublin SL Select with the Premier Team making amends hitting seven goals against a Malahide Select team at the beautiful Malahide Castle setting.

With both panels to be cut to the obligatory 18 players after the weekend spare a thought for those players who didn’t make the cut. Many thanks for all your efforts.


Both Teams had games at the weekend with the Premier Team travelling to Dublin to play the Republic of Ireland in a glamour fixture at the AUL Centre. The Down boys covered themselves in glory holding the Republic U-17 Team to a scoreless draw. This same Team had defeated the Northern Ireland Team 5-0 earlier in the month so progress is being made despite the lack of goals. Damian McCorry the Premier Manager gave the whole panel a run out and declared himself satisfied at the end “We are probably the only County Team to play a full international side in the run up to the Milk Cup and to come down here without conceding a goal was very satisfying.”

Premier Captain Tennant McVea, of Ards FC, with the match officials and the captain of the Republic of Ireland. The 2 teams line up before the game.

Back at the Kilmore base the Junior Team took on Shankill Juniors who are preparing for the Foyle Cup. Down lost 1-0 to a team who are a year older and Manager Paul Ritchie too was happy with the outcome. “Shankill are a good side with two excellent centre backs that played for the Northern Ireland Team in the Victory Shield – we just couldn’t find a way through. They will do well in the Foyle Cup.”

18th June 2005 – Mourne Cup

The Junior Team took part in the Mourne Cup which Dundalk won. The Premier Team were also in action against last years County Down Premier Side at Kilmore. Last year’s team won thanks to a Scott McCordick goal, who now plays for Portadown.

Mourne Cup Match Scores
Down 1 Tyrone 0
(Down Scorer: Chris White)

Down 0 V Dundalk 1

Down 1 V Antrim 0
(Down Scorer: Dean McCormick)

Antrim 1 V Dundalk 1

Tyrone 1 V Antrim 2

Dundalk 1 V Tyrone 0


P W D L Pts
Dundalk 3 2 1 0 7
Down 3 2 0 1 6
Antrim 3 1 1 1 4
Tyrone 3 0 0 3 0

Winners: DUNDALK

11th June 2005 – Premier Squad draw one each

Milk-cup fever came to Newry this week when the County premier squad played their first friendly of this year’s campaign. Jennings Park was the venue for Down’s warm-up game with top local side Windmill Star’s and they proved their class when they took an early lead from some poor defending by the County Read More.

Meanwhile the junior squad enjoyed a training session at Kilmore. Looking on were some parents (Left) who couldn’t resist a photo opportunity.

9th June 2005 – New Sponsorship Deals Announced

Two new deals were announced today with Benmore Developments and Fane Valley. The Benmore deal is a new one while the Fane Valley sponsorship is a renewal of their current deal. We thank both companies for their support.

County Chairman Bobbie Reid with Cathy McClintock from Benmore Developments in the handing over of the cheque. Ivan Frazer from Fane Valley hands over the cheque to John Hamilton and Bobbie Reid.

17th May 2005 – Milk Cup Draw Made

The draw for the opening days of competition at the 2005 Milk Cup were made at W5 in the Odyssey, Belfast by Chelsea stars Arjen Robben and Mikael Forssell.

The Premier team got the following draw:

Sheffield United (England) – 1st August

Otago YS (New Zealand) – 2nd August

The Junior team received the following draw:

Everton (England) – 1st August

Maccabi Haifa (Israel) – 2nd August