Newcastle United’s youngsters are once again competing in the prestigious Milk Cup competition in Northern Ireland.

The NUFC Under 17 team had opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over the Japanese team Higashi Fukuoka.

There then followed a 3-1 defeat by Ghanaian outfit Right To Dream, before concluding their group with a 4-0 demolition of County Tyrone.

This meant they qualified for the semi-finals of the Milk Cup Globe, which was for teams finish in fifth to eighth positions of the 22 competing teams.

Thursday saw Newcastle meet Californian team Strikers FC for a place in the Globe final.

A closely fought first half saw United eventually get on top and go in at the break two up, thanks to goals from Ben Pollock and Callum Lee Smith.

However, the second half belonged to United youngster Mackenzie McCubbin as he scored a brilliant hat-trick to see Newcastle finish 5-1 winners, the American team getting a consolation goal when they were three down.

McCubbin started it with a brilliant curling finish, before completing his hat-trick with the next two goals described by the local press in Northern Ireland as follows:

‘A smartly taken fourth goal by Mackenzie McCubbin on 63 minutes before he completed his hat trick just seconds later with a superb display of skill and trickery before finishing with aplomb.’

Good luck to the lads in the Globe Final which takes place at 1.30pm today against O’Higgins FC, the venue is the Coleraine Showgrounds.