The Celtic U19s beat Manchester United U19 3-1 in the Super Cup NI curtain raiser today at the Coleraine Showgrounds in what was a positive performance for Irish striker Thomas Caffrey.
The major youth tournament was formerly known as the Milk Cup and has competitions at Minor, Junior and Premier level this year. In attendance at today's match was former Manchester United defender Phil Neville, whose son Harvey is a part of the Manchester United squad.
Celtic went 1-0 down at the start of the second half but Caffrey's cool left-footed strike gave the Scottish side an equaliser and two Ewan Henderson goals secured the tie.
GOAL! It's now 1-1 in Coleraine!@CelticFC equalise against @ManUtd through Thomas Caffrey's well-taken effort
You can watch the second half on the @BBCSPORTNI website ? app ? & red button ?
➡️ https://t.co/XQa02dX4zs @SuperCupNI pic.twitter.com/b2KXflig9G
— BBC SPORT NI (@BBCSPORTNI) July 21, 2018
GOOOOAL CELTIC !! Thomas Caffrey 🍀👏 1-1!!
Mon the Hoops...We deserve to win this.. 👏 pic.twitter.com/NjAo76FK0d
— 🍀 Shaun ©🍀 (@ShaunyCeltic) July 21, 2018
Congratulations to @stephen_welsh17 and the Celtic U19’s on winning the @SuperCupNI
beating Manchester United 3-1 in today’s final. 🍀🏆👏 pic.twitter.com/jdi4GVvDjW
— Deadline Day Soccer Group (@DeadlineDay_SG) July 21, 2018
Caffrey is a former Ballyfermot and St Francis youngster who has represented Ireland at underage. In 2016 he turned down several offers from top clubs in the UK for a three-year deal with Celtic.
As for the competition, there will be an opening parade through Coleraine town centre on Sunday with former Northern Ireland international Gerry Armstrong.