County boys’ penalty pain in Plate
COUNTY Armagh’s Milk Cup campaign featured a final appearance but disappointment on the day.
The Premier boys lost out to Benfica by a 4-3 penalty shoot-out reverse - with the sides level at one apiece by the end of the Plate showpiece.
Benfica held the upper hand despite sights of goal for Aaron Duke, Michael Finnegan and Nathan Lavery.
Jordan Dane headed home his third goal of the competition - thanks to Sean Mallon’s cross – to rescue the tie in normal time.
Benfica, who finished the match with nine players, scored four penalty kicks.
The County Armagh scorers were Duke, Mallon and Jack McNally.
The Premier players secured a final spot by defeating Otago on a 2-1 scoreline.
Lavery popped up to tuck away the rebound from Duke’s powerful drive and open the semi-final scoring.
The New Zealand-based visitors conceded a second before the hour mark as Lavery doubled his tally, with Duke producing another assist.
Otago closed the gap in the final moments but County Armagh marched on.
COUNTY Armagh Juniors wrapped up the Milk Cup week by defeating Ipswich Town.
Dylan Hatton and Andy Hoey secured the win by a 2-0 margin.
The Junior players’ Vase semi-final resulted in a single-goal reverse against North Dublin Schoolboy League’s representative side.
MEMBERS of the County Armagh Milk Cup Association would like to thank everyone who helped support the special anniversary programme.
The 80-page publication charts the history of County Armagh’s Milk Cup connection across 21 years, with photographs of every side plus profiles of the current squad.
Interviews are also included with Manchester United’s Luke McCullough and the Portadown captain, Keith O’Hara.
The programme is available from any committee member at the cost of just £3.
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