The Tyrone teams have made a positive start to this week’s SuperCupNI tournament with the Juniors defeating Bracknell Town 2-0 while the Premier boys shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with French outfit Vendee.
Supersub Cameron Crook was the hero for the county under-15s by scoring twice in the second half to give Martin Gallagher’s team a winning start at Parker Avenue, Portrush.
Tyrone bossed the first half but it remained scoreless at the interval due in the main to Town keeper Jack Sharp who lived up to his name by denying Lukas Crozier, Michael Forbes, Padraig Lynch and Darragh Stewart.
But it all came good for the Red Hand boys after the break with Crook stabbing home from close range in the opening minutes after good work by Forbes.
The diminutive striker struck again in the dying moments by chipping the ball expertly over the Bracknell keeper.
Back at the Portrush venue some three hours later, David Harvey’s Premier outfit twice took the lead against Vendee only to concede an equaliser in the dying seconds..
Ben Gallagher headed home a Tomas Matthews free kick to give Tyrone an early advantage but it was all square at half-time after Zacharie Aline levelled from the penalty spot.
Harvey’s charges again got their noses in front early in the second period when Zach Ferson got the slightest touches on a Matthews corner kick to glance home for 2-1.
Tyrone looked in control thereafter but right at the death a free kick into their penalty area was only particially claered and defender Josh Martin swooped to hammer the ball high into the net.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) the Premier boys face Global Premier Soccer in Ahoghill (4pm) while the Juniors have the small matter of Manchester United at Ballymoney’s Riada Stadium (8pm).
Dungannon Swifts meanwhile opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Ballinamallard United with Sam Anderson and John Graham on target.