Denmark beat Northern Ireland in Milk Cup Elite final

Jeppe Andersen and Andrew Mitchell
Denmark's Jeppe Andersen battles with Northern Ireland's Andrew Mitchell in the Elite Final

Denmark clinched the Milk Cup Elite title as Mark Gundelach's goal earned the visitors a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Friday's final.

Danish keeper David Jensen denied Lee Toland early on before Gundelach's 11th-minute shot flew into the net.

Liam McAlinden went close for the Irish before the break before Wayne Drummond made a great save to deny Gundelach.

Northern Ireland's Michael McLellan and Denmark's Jonas Knudsen were sent off late on as the visitors held on.

Denmark's victory was revenge for their defeat by Northern Ireland in the 2009 final.

The Irish, playing in their sixth straight Elite final, were beaten by the USA in last year's decider.

Northern Ireland made a bright start with Jensen having to move smartly to block Newcastle United player Toland's fierce shot.

McAlinden then fired inches wide but the Irish were stunned as the Danes scored in their first attack with Gundelach's angled shot beating Drummond.

As the Danes took control, Jeff Mensah went close to adding a second while Drummond made a fine save to deny goalscorer Gundelach.

Northern Ireland boss Steve Beaglehole made four changes at the break and one of his substitutes Neil Dougan tested keeper Jensen after the restart.

Another substitute Ryan McLaughlin blasted over the top but the Danes were under little threat for the majority of the second half.

McLellan was sent off with four minutes of normal time left after an ill-advised shove on Soren Henriksen.

Knudsen then received his marching orders in injury-time but despite some late huff and puff, the Danes held on to take a deserved victory.

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