Greg Olley - photograph courtesy of Russell Pritchard

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

After reaching the final of last season's competition, Newcastle United will again be taking part in this summer's Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.

The Magpies, including player of the tournament Adam Campbell, were beaten by an excellent Desportivo Brazil side in 2012 but Dave Watson's youngsters will look to go one step further this time around.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and player Raheem Sterling made the draw in April - and put the Reds in the same group as Newcastle.

And the fixtures have now been confirmed, with United playing on three consecutive days next month in the Premier section of the prestigious competition, which attracts teams from across the globe.

On Monday, 29th July, the Magpies will face O'Higgins of Chile at the Coleraine Showgrounds with a 3.30pm kick-off before taking on County Armagh at Ballymena Showgrounds at 8pm the following day.

The Riada Stadium in Ballymoney will then provide the venue for the match against Liverpool on Wednesday, 31st July with a 7pm kick-off and the knockout stages begin the next day.

Last year, United beat County Fermanagh, Pachuca and CSKA Moscow in the group stages, then saw off Bolton to reach the final but, in front of the watching Alan Pardew, they were beaten 3-0.

Photograph courtesy of Russell Pritchard - www.russellpritchardblog.com