2011 NI Milk Cup Junior Section Winners Everton FC celebrate their win over Mexican side Cruz Azul in a close game which finished 5-4 to Everton on penalties
Everton continued their dominance of the Milk Cup Junior by claiming a third title in four years with a penalty shoot-out win against Mexicans Cruz Azul.
Between the two finalists they have notched up 14 goals between them in this year’s tournament but cancelled each other out in the decider with 60 minutes of football fat the Ballymena Showgrounds, inishing 0-0.
Andrew Mellado was at the heart of Azul’s best opportunities and had the first opportunity of the match, shooting over Russell Griffiths’ crossbar.
Ruan Ledson then replied for Everton when he showed great control but curled just over from the corner of the box.
Sergio Fuentes then dragged an effort just wide for the Mexican side as the game remained scoreless at the break.
After the break Mellado found time and space in the box, but could only shoot straight at Griffiths in the Everton goal.
Rloger Solis then brought a fine relex save from stopper as the clock ticked down and eventually took the contest into penalties.
The shoot-out finished 5-4 to Sean Lundon’s boys and George Newell confidently sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to net the winning penalty.
Everton skipper Jon Joe Kenny then picked up the trophy before he was mobbed by jubilant team mates and covered in the obligatory pints of milk.
Finishing in third place in the Junior Section were Ipswich Town after winning their final game against Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in Castlerock.
Ipswich academy director Sammy Morgan said afterwards: “It was a good finish to the week for us, after not losing a game in the tournament.
“It was hard to follow on from Thursday night’s defeat on penalties as I felt we were very unfortunate, but the boys picked themselves up very well.
“A lot of them were very tired and we gave some of the younger players a run out on Friday and we’ll pleased with all the lads in the squad.”
Co Tyrone won their second penalty shoot-out in as many days as they claimed the Globe Decider against Armagh after a goalless 60 minutes in Limavady, earning Paul Kee’s boss the award of best county side in any section at this year’s tournament.
Friday Junior Results:
Plate Final Matches: Co Fermanagh 1 North Dublin 2, Queen of the South 6 South Coast Strikers 4, Revo Express 2 Co Antrim 8
Bowl 3rd place play-off: Dundalk 1 Hapoel Haifa 1 (Dundalk win 4-2 on pens)
Vase 3rd place play-off: Co Down 2 Co Londonderry 0
Globe 3rd place play-off: Reading 0 Brentford 0 (Brentford win 5-4 on pens)
Milk Cup 3rd place play-off: FC Nordsjaelland 1 Ipswich Town 3
Bowl Final: Swindon Town 1 AB Copenhagen 4
Vase Final: Watford 2 Plymouth 0
Globe Final: Co Tyrone 0 Co Armagh 0 (Tyrone win 4-2 on pens)
Milk Cup Final: Everton 0 Cruz Azul 0 (Everton win 5-4 on pens)