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Northern Ireland beaten by USA in Milk Cup final

Northern Ireland's William Grigg fires on the USA goal in the final
Northern Ireland's William Grigg fires on the USA goal in the final

Northern Ireland missed out on a third straight Milk Cup Elite Section triumph after the USA cruised to victory in the Ballymena Showgrounds decider.

The Americans outmuscled NI and their skipper Gale Agbossoumonde blasted in the opener from a 25-yard free-kick.

Juan Agudelo's dipping strike made it 2-0 after 43 minutes and Adrian Reulas fired in the third on 68 minutes.

Agbossoumonde and NI's Chris Hegarty were red-carded after a goalmouth melee with 13 minutes left.

The USA dominated from the start although NI captain Paddy McLaughlin dragged wide with the first good chance after 10 minutes.

Agbossoumonde gave the Americans a deserved lead with a powerful free-kick into the bottom corner.

Juan Aguedelo netted on 34 minutes after NI keeper Drummond spilled a free-kick but it was harshly ruled out for a foul.

Agudelo only had to wait nine minutes before getting a goal with his shot taking a deflection off defender Adam Thompson before dipping over Drummond.

The hosts came close to pulling one back just before the break when William Grigg headed just wide from a Shane Ferguson cross.

Reulas sealed the win courtesy of a superb strike across Drummond and into the bottom corner.

Tempers flared following a free-kick with Agbossoumonde and Hegarty dismissed after hands were raised.

Neil Dougan chipped onto the the USA crossbar before Francisco Navas Cobo wasted a late opening for the States.



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