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A Super opportunity for Orchard starlets

Thursday, 20 July 2017

A Super opportunity for Orchard starlets thumbnail Special guest Keith Gillespie pictured with BBC presenter Stephen Watson, Jackie Fullerton and representatives from the County Armagh SuperCupNI management team and committee.

THE County Armagh Premier and Junior SuperCupNI teams are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for one of the biggest and most challenging weeks of their life.

Thirty six boys from the Orchard County will head north this Sunday to take part in a festival of football against some of the best young players from across the world. Teams from six continents will battle it out to be crowned SuperCupNI champions at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday, July 29.

Armagh have some intriguing tests in their opening qualifying games, with both sides taking on an exciting mix of opposition.

On day one (Monday, July 24), the Armagh Premier U17 team will play their first game of the tournament against Strikers FC from California at the Warren in Portstewart. Just a few hours later it is the turn of the Junior U15 side, as they face the mighty Rangers FC at the Coleraine Showg rounds.

Day two brings with it two intriguing challenges as the Armagh Junior side face North Dublin Schoolboys League at Brougshane and just a few hours later Brendan Grimes' Premier side will face Komazawa Uni FC from Japan in Ballymoney.

On day three, Chris Chambers' Junior charges will face English Academy side Plymouth Argyle at Anderson Park and the Armagh U17s will conclude their qualifying campaign with an Ulster derby against Londonderry at Seahaven on Wednesday evening.

Premier manager Brendan Grimes said his side can't wait for the big kick off.

"Preparations have been good and we are shaping up well for the competition.

"The boys had a few days off last week and we are looking forward to meeting up with them and hopefully they are all refreshed and ready to go for a busy week of football." Junior manager Chris Chambers, who is managing his county for the first time at the tournament, said it is an exciting challenge for his young side.

"The tournament is an incredible platform for boys from this county to go and impress, whether that is Club NI scouts or scouts from professional clubs.

"We will go up there and give it a real go and leave with no regrets.

"Simply put we will go up there and go for it. All of the teams coming from across the world come here to be tested and challenged and we are looking forward to doing just that come kick off on Monday evening." The tournament gets underway with the traditional parade around Coleraine and the opening ceremony at the Coleraine Showgrounds on Sunday, July 23.

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