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Release Date: 21/07/2012

NORTHERN Ireland suffered a 5-3 defeat to Chile in their opening Milk Cup Elite game at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Scoreless at half-time, Chile moved in front eight minutes into the second half only for Burney's Shay McCarten to level for Stephen Robinson's side two minutes later with a curling finish into the top corner.

However, the South American visitors went on to race into a 4-1 lead before Manchester United's Luke McCullough pulled one back with a header from a James Knowles cross.

Chile added a fifth before the end but there was still time for Michael McLellan to grab Northern Ireland's third from the spot following a foul on Liam McAlinden.

Elsewhere in the Elite Section, Denmark defeated the United States 1-0 while Mexico thumped Turkey 5-0.

Those free-scoring Mexicans provide Northern Ireland's next opposition on Monday night at the Coleraine Showgrounds (8pm).


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  • Northern Ireland v. Chile Milk Cup 2012

    Shay McCarten celebrates equalising for Northern Ireland

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  • Northern Ireland v. Chile Milk Cup 2012

    Northern Ireland's Cormac Burke battles with Chile's Cesar Fuentes Gonzalez

    Picture: William Cherry/

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