Super Cup Diary

AFTER Saturday's tiring day of travelling, setting off from Home Park at 2.45am, it was down to hard work on Sunday for the Argyle Academy players competing in the Northern Ireland Super Cup this week.

Heavy rain did not prevent the squad from embarking on a tough training session and it was a testament to the young squad that the weather did not affect their enthusiasm for the task at hand.

Hot showers, a change of clothes and lunch was followed by a round of mini golf, which went down well with the staff, as well as the players.

Their competitive spirit carried through to the golf, which was saw central defender Brandon Pursall claiming the individual title, while the team accolade went to Sports Scientist Alex Booth's team, which included Pursall, Izeak Aaron-Driscoll, Tim Gilbert and Jeffery Forkuo.

The rain continued and it was not until after 4pm that the decision was made, by the organisers, to go ahead with the traditional Super Cup parade through the streets of Coleraine.

The lads had a long wait before setting off for their march through the streets, which were lined by thousands of locals, before standing on the Showground pitch to listen to former Manchester United, and class of '92, legend Nicky Butt conclude the opening ceremony.

It was then back to Portrush for a well-earned rest ready for their first game at Portstewart against County Londonderry, which has had the kick-off time changed to 3.30pm on Monday.