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How Liverpool and Manchester United fared in the SuperCupNI

One of the world’s most renowned youth football tournaments, the SuperCupNI, took place last week for its 40th-anniversary tournament.

Liverpool and Manchester United both took a squad of U18 players out to Northern Ireland to take part in the Boys Elite tournament.

The Boys Elite tournament is a four-team round-robin consisting of the two English sides as well as Hertha Berlin and Valencia. Each team played each other once with the winner being the team at the top of the table at the end of all fixtures.

The opening fixtures saw the Reds earn a 1-1 draw with Valencia courtesy of a stunning goal from Keyrol Figueroa. Elsewhere, Gabriele Biancheri’s goal was not enough for United who fell to a 2-1 defeat to Hertha in a game which saw both sides miss a penalty.

The second round of games saw Valencia overcome Hertha 3-2 to go top of the table. It was Liverpool who earned the bragging rights between the old rivals as Jayden Danns’ first-half goal saw them beat the Red Devils 1-0.

The final fixtures saw the Reds fall to a 3-0 defeat to Hertha which saw the Germans finish as runner-up. There was some good news for Liverpool as winger Trent Kone-Doherty was awarded the Most Valuable Player for his performances where he proved a constant menace to all three defences he faced.

United were beaten 4-2 by Valencia which made it three defeats in three for the Red Devils and saw the Spanish side crowned champions of the Boys Elite tournament.

Louis Jackson and James Scanlon scored the United goals in a game that saw Adam Berry miss his second penalty of the tournament and saw United captain Finley McAllister sent off.

However, the Red Devils fared better in the Boys Premier competition which is a 16-team open tournament consisting of four groups with the winner of each group reaching the semi-finals.

United finished top of Group D, taking maximum points without conceding a goal from their games against Ichifuna, Fermanagh and Dundalk SB.

They took on local side Londonderry in the semi-final which finished 1-1 at full-time but the Northern Irishmen won on penalties stopping United from retaining the Boys Premier title after their victory last year. However, they beat County Antrim 3-0 in the play-off fixture to finish third.

The SuperCupNI also featured Boys Junior and Boys Minor competitions which follow the same format as the Boys Premier. West Ham United were crowned champions of the Boys Junior whilst the Boys Minor was won by Celtic.

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