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COUNTIES RISE TO CHALLENGE; Arsenal gunned down and Man U pegged back as local boys show their mettle.

Byline: GARETH FULLERTON

TUESDAY turned into a good day for the county teams at the SUPERCUPNI.

Londonderry's Premier side claimed a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Anderson Park in Coleraine, with captain Corey McLaughlin's goal earning Martin Smith's side a famous win.

And Co Tyrone impressed in Ballymoney as they held mighty Manchester United to a 1-1 draw.

Trailing to Daniel Kavanagh's opener, Londonderry equalised from the penalty spot through Padraig Lynch to give the home fans plenty to cheer.

Meanwhile, Co Antrim were in seven-heaven as they eased to a 7-0 win over Co Fermanagh, also in the Junior section.

Glentoran youngster Callum Marshall - who scored a hat-trick on Monday - scored twice for Stef Seaton's defending champions.

In the Premier section, Co Fermanagh recorded a 1-0 win over Strikers while Co Down beat Atlante by a similar scoreline.

Co Down reached last year's Premier final before losing out to B Italia.

Their manager John Bailie said: "It means we are still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals, which I don't think many people predicted.

"However, we still have a lot of hard work to do."

Co Down take on Japanese side Riseisha this afternoon in Castlerock as they look to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jul 31, 2019
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