Tyrone Milk Cup preview

NI Milk Cup chairman Victor Leonard is joined by NI manager Michael O'Neill and Northern Ireland centre forward Andrew Little. Also pictured is Chairman of the Dairy Council for NI, Michael Drayne

NI Milk Cup chairman Victor Leonard is joined by NI manager Michael O'Neill and Northern Ireland centre forward Andrew Little. Also pictured is Chairman of the Dairy Council for NI, Michael Drayne

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FOR the third year in a row County Tyrone face Manchester United at the NI Milk Cup.

However, this time round Tyrone will be hoping that home comforts could spur them on in what is sure to be an intriguing contest. In an minor alteration to the format of the tournament, the six county sides will host two teams on the Saturday, prior to making their way up to the North Coast.

Last Friday’s draw at the BBC Blackstaff Studios threw up some interesting fixtures in both age groups.

Tyrone’s Juniors who are coached by Cookstown local Conor Marlin and Institute man Paul Kee, will take on Ipswich Town on the opening day of the tournament. On the Monday morning they face Israeli regulars Hapoel Haifa. They conclude their qualifying campaign with a local derby against County Armagh.

The Premier outfit are once again managed by the newly installed Dergview manager, Tommy Canning. After hosting the Old Trafford giants, they also face County Armagh and on Tuesday take on American outfit South Coast Strikers.

The full fixture list can be found on the Mid Ulster Mail website or the County Tyrone Milk Cup Association Facebook.

Tyrone Milk Cup Chairman Marty Gamble has been involved with the Association for many years and can be contacted on 07909708774 with any queries or information in relation to this years Tournament.

Public Relations Officer Andy Kelly has been PRO for Cookstown Youth FC for a few years now and he is cutting his teeth this year for the County Milk Cup set-up. Andy is keen for ex players to contact him for interviews for Radio and Facebook and can also be contacted for the 2012 Programme or any other queries or press related information. Mobile 07872901473 or andrewkelly902@btinternet.com.

Time is running out for inclusion in the Tyrone Milk Cup Association Tournament Programme 2012. All Adverts , Comments etc must be in and paid for by the 15th June 2012. £100 for a full page and £50 for half page. Show your support and give the Teams and Association encouragement for this 30th year of this great Tournament !