Keadue Rovers and Illistrin United qualified for the U-16 Champions League final with victories over Cappry Rovers and Eany Celtic.
U-16 Champions League semi-finals 2nd Leg
Keadue Rovers 0
Cappry Rovers 0
(Agg: 1-1, Keadue qualify on away goals)
The semi-final second leg was played in perfect conditions at Central Park with Con McLaughlin officiating as referee. With the tie still wide open and Keadue with the slenderest of leads, an away goal in a 1-1 draw from the first leg, the game started off with both sides taking a cautious approach.
Both teams had spells in the first half but neither ‘keeper was tested, the best chance of the half falling to Keadue’s Daniel Devlin but he shot straight at the Cappry keeper after a strong run.
With Cappry in need of a goal they tried to press forward in the second half but their forward line made no impression on a well organised Keadue rearguard. When the home side countered they were met by an equally resiliant Cappry defence. The game ended 0-0 with both defences dominant and that result was enough to take Keadue to the final.
Eany Celtic 0
Illistrin United 2
Illistrin United has qualified for the final of the U-16 Champions League following a tough encounter away in Eany. The visitors 1-2 behind from the first leg were first out of the blocks and following a couple of chances they went ahead following a fine move which Jordan Ryan finished to the Eany net. Eany sprung to life and had chances and were unlucky not to score.
The first half ended 1-0. Eany then started the second half better than the first and held Illistrin at bay as they sought the second goal that would put them through. The visitors got the second following a goalmouth scramble after a corner and Matthew Falkner was on hand to toe poke the ball into the net.
The home side tried valliantly to get the goal to put this game to extra time but time run out on them. These teams were well matched and over the two legs there has been very little between them. Good team performances from both sides.
U12 Champions League
Kilmacrennan Celtic 6
Curragh Athletic 2
With just 2 minutes gone on the clock Kilmacrennan’s Conor Black opened the scoring settling the nerves of the home side. Jamie Grant cushioned their lead shortly after with a fine solo run. Curragh Athletic slowly began to gain control in the game testing the Kilmacrennan back four. They were rewarded for their efforts after Dylan Woods won and converted a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. Just before the stroke of half time, Kilmacrennan stretched the lead again after another great link up by Conor Black and Jamie Grant resulting in Jamie’s second leaving the score 3-1 half time.
Curragh Athletic started the brighter in the second half and reduced the difference to one goal again when Kilmacrennan failed to clear a corner with Dylan Woods seizing the opportunity to score his second. Ten minutes later Conor Black chased a loose ball right to the end line getting the cross into the danger area where Jamie Grant made no mistake to claim his hat-trick.
Kilmacrennan were now in command of the game and continued to mount pressure forcing some fantastic saves by Adrian McLaughlin.Their 5th came after Stephen Black’s free found an unmarked Damien Egan waiting on the left post who cooly chipped the ball over the keeper. Kilmacrennan sealed out the game after a great run by Aaron Reid resulted in a second goal for Conor Black. Overall a great hour of quality football by both teams.