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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 July, 2004, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
NI blow Milk Cup chance
Dean Shiels also scored in Monday's 2-1 win over Brazil
Northern Ireland's blew their chance to reach the Elite Final at the Milk Cup when they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Israel on Wednesday.

Dean Shields and Albert Watson put Northern Ireland 2-0 ahead but Adir Meuda and Auiram Baruchyan replied for the Israelis.

Brazil, beaten by the Irish on Monday, recovered to earn their place in the final by beating Russia 4-2.

Turkey's 0-0 draw against Denmark meant they claimed the other final place.

Co Fermanagh's interest in the junior competition ended at Ballymoney when they lost 2-0 to Preston North End.

The impressive Liam Caddick struck twice for the English side who now face Everton in the semi-finals.

Dublin youngsters Shelbourne also bowed out when they lost to Maccabi Haifa 2-0 with Raid Jabarin and Erez Ezra on target.

The Israeli visitors will now face Birmingham who had a 3-2 victory over Charlton Athletic at Coleraine.

Dubliners Belvedere maintained Irish interest in the Premier competition by edging out South African side Jomo Cosmos on penalties.

Belvedere will meet Japanese outfit Funabashi in the semi-finals.

Wednesday Fixtures/Results

Elite
Northern Ireland 2-2 Israel
Brazil 4-2 Russia
Turkey 0-0 Denmark

Premier
Belvedere 1-1 Jomo Cosmos (Belvedere won 4-1 on pens)
Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Japan (Crewe won 6-5 on pens)
Hearts 3-1 Otago
Preston North End 0-0 Funabashi (Funabashi won 5-4 on pens)

Junior
Brimingham 3-2 Charlton Athletic
Maccabi Haifa 2-0 Shelbourne
Preston North End 2-0 Co Fermanagh
Swindon Town 0-1 Everton




SEE ALSO
Hearts defeat United
21 Jul 04  |  Irish
Shiels double rocks Brazil
20 Jul 04  |  Irish
NI lose Milk Cup opener
17 Jul 04  |  Irish


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