Friday saw the final round of games at the 2015 Milk Cup. Held in Northern Ireland, three Scottish teams were competing at the world famous youth tournament.
The first of Scotland’s representees, 17th-placed Partick Thistle, competing in the senior section, faced off against local side County Tyrone in a fixture full of goals. Tyrone stormed into an early two-goal lead, via efforts from Adam McCrea and Calvin McKinley.
Thistle did their best to claw back the deficit, but the home county went into half-time with a 3-0 lead, as Kieffer Scott added a third for the Northern Irish side. The Jags came close to pulling off a memorable fightback, courtesy of goals from Higgins and McLaughlin, but Tyrone held strong, winning 3-2, and celebrated victory in the Salvar final for the senior section.
The senior section also saw Motherwell, who finished in twelfth position, facing County Londonderry in the battle for third spot in the Dale Farm Vase Cup. The young Steelmen were able to take the game to a heart-racing penalty shootout at Riada Stadium, following a 2-2 draw in normal time. Motherwell held their nerve, and won 4-1 on penalties, sealing their spot as the third placed team.
The junior section had a Scottish representee in Rangers. The Gers finished the group stages in seventh position, and took on County Down at the Riada Stadium, hoping to win the Dale Farm Globe final. They did just that, edging a 1-0 victory to bring the trophy back to Ibrox, a delightful end to Scotland’s journey in the Milk Cup.
Well done to all the teams who have competed in the 2015 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland!