2013 tournament

2013 award winners:

2013 End of week awards

At the end of the week awards in the Lodge Hotel, chairman Paul Ritchie gave out the following awards.

Junior top goalscorer​​ Keegan Rice
Player of the tournament​ Karl Hamill
Chairmans Cup​​​ David Cassells

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Premier top goalscorer​​ Dale Patton
Player of the tournament​ Callum Byers
McCloskey Cup​​​ Michael Edgar







Click HERE for all 2013 photos


Ballot winners 2013
Lodge weekend ​​Lisa Tom, Dungannon
£100 voucher ​​J Forester, Belfast
£75 voucher​​ A McCormick, c/o Robert Smyth
£50 voucher ​​John Rooney, Newtownabbey
£25 voucher​​ Emmet Osborne, Newry

Please contact age group manager or Nigel Turkington to arrange collection of prize.

Friday 2nd Aug:

Down defeat young Pilgrims.

The final match of Milk Cup 2013 was a place game at Broughshane against English academy side Plymouth Argyle. Down started quickly and immediately got on the attack, Mark Lowry played a great crossfield ball to Luke Fisher who cut inside and fired just over the bar. A couple of minutes later Blain McGrath played a ball deep into the box and Lowry headed just wide. Plymouth started to settle down and Jake Miller ran through from midfield, got in a shot but Reece Kane saved comfortably. The English side started to increase the pressure and won a sucession of corners but the Down goal remained intact. With almost 20 minutes gone Down won a corner on the right Luke Fisher swung the ball in, Plymouth didn’t clear it and following a goalmouth scramble, Keegan Rice got the important touch to make it 1-0. A few minutes later Karl Hamill blocked a Plymouth shot on the line to preserve the Down lead, with halftime approaching Lowry got down the left, pulled the ball back to Louis Houston, he pushed it square for Dylan O’Kane to score the goal of the week with a tremendous strike from 40yards.
Half time 2-0
Plymouth started the second half on the offensive their no.10 Miller chased a lnog ball and lobbed the goalkeeper but it sailed over the bar. The game wasn’t over and Down needed a third goal to be safe, Salou Jallow got clear and got his shot away but it was too high. Five minutes later Fisher had a powerful 50yd run up the left, he played it to Jallow who shot, 13 yr old Michael Cooper in the Plymouth goal made a good save but the ball broke to Lowry but Cooper denied him too to keep the score at 2-0. The wind advantage was allowing Plymouth to control the game now, with 5 minutes left Kyle Spiers made three substitutions to steady the ship, with only a couple of minutes on the clock Peter Freeland chased a long ball and hit a great shot from 20 yards but Cooper in the Plymouth goal was having a good day and kept the score at 2-0 and that how it finished.
Down Juniors finished 7th out of 20 teams.


Premier: Down men lose final shoot out

The U17 squad faced Co. L’Derry in the fianl of The Bowl at Portstewart, the windy conditions didn’t help with much free flowing football, with the main highlighht of the first half being a fantatstic long range effort from Nathan McAleese into the wind, which swerved at the last minute to smash against the inside of the post with keeper well beaten…..unlucky.

Halftime 0:0

the 2nd half resulted in Co. Down having the vast majority of the play, and had several chances to take the lead, but the Co. L’Derry keeper was in top form, making two tremendous saves from Adam Sally, who on another day could have had a hat-trick. In the final seconds Nic Turkington curled a corner towards the back post which the crowd thought had gone straight in, but it just flashed past the post.

Final score 0:0……. penalties

Never a great way to lose a final, and although Marc Reid made an excellent save during the shoot-out, the Co. L’Derry men ran out 4:3 winners. http://youtu.be/2m0-rEG1T4E (Marc Reid penalty save)

http://youtu.be/Tr3KFMiKo0s (Michael Edgar penalty)

http://youtu.be/uzHVFGWWkNY (Nic Turkington penalty)

http://youtu.be/tgG_-QHERGI (Dale penalty)


Thursday 1st Aug:

Down strike out!
At the new Clough facility today Down Juniors faced South Coast Strikers from USA in the Milk Cup Globe semi final. After yesterdays excellent team performance hopes were high, Down started brightly and had Strikers on the back foot from the off. A great through ball to Salou Jallow, he got into the box and cut the ball back but no one could get on the end of it. Minutes later Jack McLaughlin had a fine 20 yard shot well saved by Negrete in the Strikers goal. Down were well on top now and after 15 minutes Mark Lowry had a well struck volley pushed over by the keeper to keep the game scoreless. Two minutes later Jallow picked up a long ball from Karl Hamill drove into the box but put his shot wide. Strikers were coming to terms with the game and after 25 minutes Amador delivered another long throw into the box, the Down defence didn’t clear it and the ball was touched into the net to put Strikers one up. Down went straight up the field McLaughlin fed Jallow but his shot was wide again.
Half time 0-1
The second half started with Down on the back foot, Strikers were well on top and looking dangerous when they pushed forward. After 10 minutes Ross Carville played a good ball into the box, McLaughlin got his head to it but the ball went wide. Down were still getting chances and midway through the half Salou won the ball on the edge of the penalty area and got his shot away with his left, but Negrete was equal to it and pushed it around the post. A few minutes later Carville brought Smith down in the area and Le Kressner stepped up to seal the game for the american side. As the game got near to the end Down were still trying and even Hazard got forward for a couple of corners, but the clock ticked down and Down will be playing for 3rd & 4th place tomorrow in Broughshane at 11.00am.

Wednesday 31st July:

Co.Down U17’s Cruz to success:

The U17 team lined up against highly fancied Cruz Azul from Mexico, and started with their usual high tempo game. Cruz Azul played some great possession football, but Co.Down’s excellent back four of Mike Edgar, Cameron Murray, Nic Turkington & Callum Byers they didn’t create any real goal chances. With 10 minutes gone Fra Rice swung in a freekick from the left wing which was cleared, only for Matty Dempster to lob it towards the back post and just as Ryan Bickerstaff was about to smash the ball into the net the Cruz keeper pulled him to the ground……… PENALTY!! surpisingly the ref neither booked nor sent the keeper off?? not to worry, up stepped Dale Patton to score his 2nd penalty in two days………1:0 to Down. Cruz continued to play great football, but the industrious midfiled ensured they didn’t have much time on the ball.

http://youtu.be/2MCXnz4coVM (foul on Ryan)

http://youtu.be/_vTCnzoSglE (Dale penalty)

Halftime: Co. Down 1:0 Cruz Azul

The second half started with Cruz applying some South American flair & behaviour, but again the Down lads stood strong in their approach. The hard working Dale Patton almost got on the end of a curling freekick from Nic Turkington which would have almost sealed the result, only for Cruz to come upfield with a passage of play which ended in the ball being rolled to their forward who struck a fearsome effort towards Down’s goal, but with Marc Reid at full stretch to his right he got two strong hands on the ball and pushed it to safety…..a save worthy of winning any game. Cruz continued to push for an equaliser, and as the clock ticked down lost a bit of temperment, but the Co. Down lads applied a very professional approach and seen the game out in style, 1:0 winners!

Down on the up.

Day three and Down Juniors took on North Dublin Schools League at Anderson Park in Coleraine trying to rediscover their best form after two lacklustre performances. The game started at a good tempo with both sides settling quickly and every ball being competed for. After 10 minutes Salou Jallow, who was causing problems for the NDSL left back, made himself space and fired in a good shot just over the bar. Zach Elbouzedi replied in similar fashion for the Dubs at the other end just one minute later. It was end to end stuff Alex Wright who was lively for Dublin got down the right again and got in a great cross only for Keegan Rice to clear to safety. Five minutes later Jallow again got free down the right, put in a good cross but the Down forwards were in too early to connect with it. Half time arrived with no score.
Shortly after the restart Jack McLaughlin found himself one on one in the box with the Dublin keeper but the keeper blocked his shot. Up the other end Wright was still causing problems for the Down defence and got a good shot away but Reece Kane saved well. In midfield David Cassells was winning the battle with his energy and sharp tackling. A few minutes later Kane had to be sharp again to stop Dublin taking the lead. His long clearance bounced into the Dublin box, McLaughlin was first to it and lobbed the keeper to put Down in front. Down were getting on top now and a few minutes later McLaughlin was tripped inside the box, He stepped up to take the penalty himself only for the keeper to foil him once again with a good save. From the resulting corner Sweeney in the Dublin goal made another good save from Mark Lowrys header. As the game neared the end Dublins best player Jean Eves Poambe tried a speculative shot which Kane did well to tip over the bar. Down held on for an important win thanks to a much improved all round solid team performance.

Their reward is a Globe semi final against South Coast Strikers tomorrow at 1.30pm in Clough.

Visit: www.desmondloughery.com to see and purchase professional photos of the U15 game today.


Tuesday 30t July.

Down too hot for Chilies

After yesterdays poor start to the week , a good result was essential against San Luis de Colina at Castlerock. Down started brightly and quickly showed their intent when Ross Carville played a neat one two and shot just wide, then Salou Jallow just failed to connect with a free kick played into the box, with a goal looking likely. Despite their superiority the goal just wouldn’t come, on 25 minutes their task got easier when Matias Saguas was shown a straight red for a bad tackle in midfield.
Half time 0-0
Two minutes into the second half, Reece Whittle had a shot deflected to Luke Fisher who put it in the net only to be ruled offside. Five minutes later and Down finally got the breakthrough when Fisher put in a good cross from the left and Keegan Rice finished it off. Two minutes later and it was 2-0 following Jack McLaughlins challenge the ball broke to Fisher who made no mistake from inside the box. With five minutes remaining Osvaldo Espina hit a powerful shot against the Down bar with the goal at his mercy, the ball was cleared upfield to Peter Freeland who got into the box and slipped the ball past the Chilean goalkeeper, Jack McLaughlin just failed to get on the end of it and the ball rolled wide of the upright. Two minutes later and the third goal came following a Colina corner, Down broke quickly, Reece Whittle crossed to the back post for Peter Freeland to get on the end of it to increase the lead. Just before full time Colina’s Vicent Alegre was dismissed for spitting at a Down player.
Full time 3-0

U17’s pay the penalty:

The U17’s travelled to RIADA to face the highly fancied Cherry Orchard from Dublin, and with a few changes in the starting 11 the lads started with the same high tempo game they finished Monday on. An early coming together between Jack Upritchard and the Captain of Cherry Orchard ended with the Cherry Orchard Captain coming off with a broken nose. It was a fairly even first 20 minutes with the Co. Down lads having the most of the possession, then a quick move down the right from Cherry Orchard resulted in a clumsy tackle inside the box……PENALTY (number 1), up stepped the Cherry Orchard striker….SAVED!! Robert Smyth making a smart save by getting down well to parry the ball away to safety. Within minutes a great move by the Co. Down lads down the left ended in a great ball across the six yard box and just as James Sofely was about to tap the ball into the net he was bundled to the ground……PENALTY (number 2!), up stepped Dale Patton to smash the ball into the net…….GOAL!!!!

Halftime: Co. Down 1: 0 Cherry Orchard

Cherry Orchard came out strongly in the 2nd half, and a mazy run through the center of the field ended in a low shot into the bottom corner of Co. Down’s net, all square 1:1. Co. Down pressed hard but didn’t get the breaks, and yet again the Cherry Orchard team made another surge into the Co. Down box which ended in another mis-timed tackle……PENALTY (number 3), this time Robert was sent the wrong way 2:1 Cherry Orchard. The Dublin men had the upper hand now, and within minutes they scored their third with a good shot from the edge of the box just dipping under the bar, 3:1 Cheery Orchard. The game then stopped for 15 minutes after one of the Cherry Orchard players fell heavily following a challenge with Nathan McAleese, which ended with a very nasty broken arm, our best wished go out to lad. As Co. Down continued to push high up the field to find another goal, Cherry Orchard were awarded their third penalty of the day, fourth of the day in total! which was slotted away, 4:1 Cherry Orchard. It was a very harsh score line for the lads to take as they were well in the game, just a few mis-timed challenges costs them hugley.


Breakfast dip!!




Monday 29th July reports:



U15 action

Hornets sting Down for five

Hopeful Down lined out against Watford at sunny Broughshane but within seconds they found themselves one down, when straight from the kick off they lost the ball in midfield and Ogo Obi pounced on it and beat Conor Hazard from 20 yards with a great strike. As the game progressed Down started to settle until the 19th minute, Pereira was allowed to run unchallenged from midfield and shoot, Hazard pushed the ball away but Obi finished well from a tight angle to double Watfords lead. As half time approached Watford went three up when Obi broke down the left, again poor defending allowed him to square the ball to Folivi who made no mistake from 10 yards.

Half time 3-0 to Watford

U15 action

The second half was more of the same from Down when poor defending again after 10 mins resulted in Obi slipping the ball to Armenakas who took the ball through and finished well from 6 yards. Ten minutes later it was 5-0 when Reece Kane got in the way of a another Watford shot , the ball broke to Merridan , who finished low into the corner of the net to round off a disappointing beginning to Milk Cup 2013 for the Juniors.



U17’s earn 0:0 draw against French select team Vendee:

John Bailie’s U17’s kicked off their tournament with a tough game against French select team Vendee, and right from the whistle it was clear the French lads who had to win a European Tournament to qualify for the Milk Cup where up for the game. A very high tempo and physical first half resulted in the County Down men dominating the game, with Jack Upritchard making several thrusting runs on the left side while Mike Edgar & Callum Byers winning everything in defence. The half ended even on score, but on another day John’s lads should have been at least a couple of goals to the good.

Half Time 0:0


The second half started much like the first ended with Fra Rice & Nathan McAleese bossing the midfield, and a few more opportunities started to arise. Dale Patton was his usual industrious self, and had a decent shout for a penality waved away by the ref who had an excellent game, Dale then pressed the Vendee defence hard which resulted in what looked like a back-pass to the keeper who picked up the ball, but again the lads where unlucky to get anything from this passage of play. Vedeen then made a very quick break following a Co. Down corner, and with only minutes remaining Marc Reid was faced with a decision to rush off his line to the oncoming Vendee striker or to stick his ground……Marc raced to the edge of his box timing his dive superbly to push the ball to safety, and goal at such a late stage would have won the game for Vendee and been a real smash & grab by the French lads; as it was the game finished 0:0 with The Co. Down lads very unlucky not come away with all three points.