THE draw for the SuperCup NI Junior tournament took place at Belfast Airport on Monday night and our Under-15 side will face a recognisable opposition from previous years, as well as the reigning champions.
Our Academy boys will face two local teams from Northern Ireland: County Fermanagh - who Argye beat 2-0 in last year’s competition, with goals from Joe Seery and Oscar Massey - and County Antrim, who won the 2017 version of the competition, beating American side GPS Bayern in the final.
As well as the two local teams, the boys will also face a strong Mexican side, Chivas Guadalajara, who they also faced last summer but were defeated 4-1 in the Group Stages despite Dominic Osborne giving the Pilgrims the lead.
The competition, formerly known as the Milk Cup, has been running since 1983, and has featured some of football’s biggest names.
This summer the competition will take place between July 22-27.
Under-15 sides from Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, Leeds United and Southampton have also been entered in the Junior Section of the competition.
Academy Manager Phil Stokes said: ““The players and staff are excited and looking forward to this year’s Super Cup NI tournament.
“Last year we played Chivas Guadalajara, so we’ll know what to expect from them in July. It’s imperative that we challenge our Academy players against various teams. Tthe players will get the opportunity to learn to play against different styles of play in Northern Ireland.
“We know it’s a competitive tournament and this year will be no different. We will be working hard to prepare ourselves for three tough games in group C. The eligible players (U13, U14 & U15) return to training on Saturday, June 16, and have fixtures against Category 1 academies West Brom, Swansea and Southampton to help us prepare for the tournament.”