Northern Ireland held by Denmark in Milk Cup opener

Northern Ireland started their Milk Cup bid with a 1-1 draw against Denmark in Coleraine on Monday night.

Matthew Ball's superb lob gave the hosts a first-half lead in the Elite section game but Jeff Mensah struck a late leveller for the Danes.

The USA defeated Israel 2-0 at the Ballymena Showgrounds while Mexico lost 2-1 to Georgia in Ballymoney.

Manchester United beat Zamora FC 4-0 in the Premier section while Spurs won by the same scoreline against Otago.

Premier holders Etoile Lusitana started with a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers and Cherry Orchard were the top scorers on the opening day, with a 9-0 hammering of RSKV Leonidas.

Jack Barmby celebrates after scoring in Manchester United's victory
Jack Barmby celebrates after scoring in Manchester United's victory

Co Tyrone enjoyed 3-1 wins over Co Fermanagh in both Premier and Junior derby encounters in Ballymoney.

Everton edged out Queen of the South 1-0 in the Junior section while Co Antrim and Co Armagh played out a 2-2 draw.

Northern Ireland keeper Wayne Drummond made two outstanding saves in the opening 45 minutes to ensure Steve Beaglehole's boys had a firm foundation to build on.

Norwich City midfielder Ball looked to have lost possession, but on retrieving the ball he looked up to see keeper David Jensen off his line and lobbed him from just inside the box.

It was a stunning goal which lifted Northern Ireland and Jensen saved when Wolves striker Liam McAlinden managed to direct an effort on target.

Christian Sorsesen was the danger man for the Danes and the gifted midfielder struck the woodwork before another effort was kept out by Drummond.

Northern Ireland were denied an opening win when Mensah fired into the bottom corner from 16 yards late on.

Milk Cup results - Monday 25 July

Elite Section

Israel 0-2 USA

Mexico 1-2 Georgia

Northern Ireland 1-1 Denmark

Premier Section

South Coast Strikers 0-0 Desportivo Brazil

Cherry Orchard 9-0 RSKV Leonidas

Co Tyrone 3-1 Co Fermanagh

Athletico Del Pinto 1-2 Hartlepool Utd

Aspire 6-0 Belvedere

Co Armagh 0-4 Co Down

Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Etoile Lusitana

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Otago

Co Antrim 2-1 Co Londonderry

Zamora FC 0-4 Manchester Utd

Junior Section

Dundalk SL 2-2 County Down

FC Nordsjaelland 1-0 Swindon Town

North Dublin SL 0-0 Co Londonderry

Hapoel Haifa 1-1 Watford

Co Tyrone 3-1 Co Fermanagh

Cruz Azul 1-0 Reading

AB Copenhagen 2-2 Brentford

Revo Express 0-1 Plymouth Argyle

South Coast Strikers 0-1 Ipswich Town

Everton 1-0 Queen of the South

Co Antrim 2-2 Co Armagh

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