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West Ham hit six in Junior Final

West Ham turned back time to win the Junior Section Final at Coleraine Showgrounds.  

The London side thrashed County Antrim 6-0 to repeat their tournament wins in 1996 and 1997.  West Ham were too good for their Northern Irish opponents scoring three either side of the break.  Amran Saifudden who narrowly missed out on the golden boot award for the section starred in a dominant display by The Hammers.  

The English outfit made the perfect start, scoring within two minutes of kick-off.  

Saifudden coolly slotted home after neat build-up play by the Hammers.  Antrim struggled massively in the opening stages of the match showing nerves in the showpiece final.  

It was nearly two for West Ham after 12 minutes when Xavier Parker drove through the Antrim defence, but Kyle Chivers was there to keep the game at 1-0 with a magnificent save.  

Parker was at it again for The Hammers second, weaving past defenders on the byline before his ball across the goal line finally reached Kyran Thompson to tap home.  

 A loose pass by Antrim allowed Saifudden to race through on goal and bag his second of the match.  West Ham wrapped the game up for good in the 59th minute when Kyle Healy-Matthews lashed a shot low past Chivers in the Antrim goal.  It got even better for the London side when Nahshon Orhurhu beat a couple of defenders, before clinically finishing. 

 Orhurhu was quick to add his second when he swivelled in the box and fired home in the 69th minute.  

There was penalty drama in the Globe final between Charlton Athletic and Prospects 2 Pro Academy.  The Canadian side came out on top winning the shootout 4-2 after the game finished 1-1 in normal time.  Andreas Zaprianov capped off his impressive tournament with another goal for the Canadians.  

Broughshane saw Scottish side St Mirren crowned Vase champions after their narrow 1-0 win over County Down.  Jack Lavery scored the crucial goal for the Scottish side, who also celebrated a golden boot trophy for their striker Luke Douglas.  

The number nine topped the Junior Section goal scoring charts with seven goals to his name.

There was penalty drama in the Bowl Final with County Tyrone coming out on top in an all-county clash with County Londonderry.  The match finished 0-0 after normal time with Tyrone winning 3-1 on penalties at Parker Avenue.  

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