MANCHESTER United must be sick of the sight of Tyrone teams!
In 2012 goals by Jamie Glackin and Cathal McShane helped the Red Hand Premier boys to a famous 2-0 victory over the next generation of United superstars at Castlederg’s Darragh Park, a year later Tyrone pushed the young Red Devils all the way only to be denied by a last-gasp Oliver McBurney goal in the showpiece final and on Tuesday night Tyrone’s Junior class of 2019 were at it again.
United’s dream of winning this year’s SuperCupNI remained very much alive after the excellent Daniel Kavanagh had given the Old Trafford starlets a deserved 1-0 lead early in the second half at Ballymoney’s Riada Stadium last night (Tuesday).
Martin Gallagher’s under-15s though responded in magnificent fashion and when Cameron Crook was fouled in the box as he went to shoot, the referee immediately point to the spot and substitute Padraig Lynch coolly slotted home the resultant penalty to earn his team a famous draw.
United did push hard for a winner but the Tyrone defence stood firm with goalkeeper Ben Purvis pulling off one truly outstanding save right at the death.
It was another magical night to remember for Tyrone and going into the final day the result leaves them still in with a shout of qualifying for the main cup competition itself. As for United their quest for SuperCup glory is over for another year.
The Tyrone Premiers meanwhile remain unbeaten after a 2-2 draw against Global PremierSoccer at Ahoghill. David Harvey’s charges were 2-0 down at the break but they produced a storming second half performance to earn a deserved share of the spoils thanks to goals by Ronan McAleer and Zach Ferson.