Liverpool and Rangers paired in Milk Cup Draw...

on Tuesday, 27 May 2014. Posted in News, Latest News, Press Releases, Junior Section, Premier Section, Elite Section

...as Dion Dublin encourages football's future stars to shine at world class tournament

Liverpool and Rangers paired in Milk Cup Draw...

Liverpool and Rangers will meet in a mouthwatering Dale Farm Milk Cup for the first time this summer.


Yesterday's draw in Belfast paired two of the biggest clubs in the Junior competition at the international youth tournament while local representatives County Armagh are also looking forward to games against both sides.


County Down, who have an impressive tournament pedigree, face 2012 Junior winners Brentford and Queen of the South while holders Everton and Brazilian giants SC Corinthians will be early opponents for County Fermanagh.


In the Premier competition Manchester United are up against CSKA Moscow and County Armagh.


Former England, Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin assisted organisers at the draw in W5 at the Odyssey and urged young players to grab their moment on a big stage.


“It's important they get the chance to play in a competition of this stature and test themselves against the best.


“To do that you have to be at your best, you've got to shine and listen to your coaches.”


He encouraged young players to put in plenty of graft: “It is all about hard work behind the scenes even when your routine training sessions are finished. That's how you improve. The great players do that.”


He said that the significant role the Dale Farm Milk Cup plays in helping develop young footballers for the challenges of full-time careers cannot be underestimated.


Dublin, now a respected media pundit, added: “This is a competition that has thrived over three decades because it has sustained its reputation for attracting quality clubs from across the globe and offering them the highest level of competition available.


“Maintaining such a remarkable degree of seriously good entries is impressive but it takes considerable commitment from organisers and they are the ones who are the unsung heroes in the success of this event.


“I am not surprised when I read some of the names of players who have competed in the event over the years. You have back catalogue which I am sure is the envy of many.”


The draw was streamed live to a worldwide audience by BBC Sport NI through its website and tournament chairman Victor Leonard revealed that several exciting innovations are planned to expand the event in the future thanks to the support of new lead sponsors Dale Farm.


Dale Farm, commercial director Jason Hempton said it was pleasing for his company to enable the “hugely positive” event to continue its long assosication with the dairy industry.


“The competition brings together the elements of youth sport, fun and healthy lifestyle.”


He added: “As a country we are small in size but we habe proved that we are also capable of big things, particularly in sport. Our company is similar with Northern Ireland roots and worldwide connections.”

 

Dale Farm Milk Cup 2014 Junior Section Opponents

 

Dale Farm Milk Cup 2014 Premier Section Opponents

 

Dates, kick off times and venues will be finalised later and published on the competition website no later than Sunday 1st June

 

Please note the first three  games will be played on Monday 28th July, Tuesday 29th July and Wednesday 30th July and points will be awarded, 3 points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a defeat.


After Wednesday's games the 28 teams in the Junior Section will be placed in order 1 to 28 according to the points gained from their three games. In the event of teams being level on a number of points, additional criteria will be used to confirm their finishing positions.


Teams placed 1 to 4 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup
Teams placed 5 to 8 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Globe
Teams placed 9 to12  will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Vase
Teams placed 13 to16 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Bowl
Teams placed 17 to 20 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Salver
Teams placed 21 to 24 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Shield
Teams placed 25 to 28 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Medallion

 

Semi finals will be played on Thursday 31st July, teams defeated on Thursday will play place games on Friday 1st August and of course the Finals of the seven levels of competition named above will also be played on Friday 1st August.


After Wednesday's games the 24 teams in the Premier Section will be placed in order 1 to 24 according to the points gained from their three games. In the event of teams being level on a number of points additional criteria will be used to confirm their finishing positions.


Teams placed 1 to 4 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup
Teams placed 5 to 8 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Globe
Teams placed 9 to 12  will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Vase
Teams placed 13 to 16 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Bowl
Teams placed 17 to 20 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Salver
Teams placed 21 to 24 will play in the semi finals of the Dale Farm Milk Cup Shield

 

The semi finals will be played on Thursday 31st July, teams defeated on Thursday will play place games on Friday 1st August and of course the Finals of the seven levels of competition named above will also be played on Friday 1st August.


We hope the above detail gives you some more information about the way the tournament proceeds during the week.