Donegal Schoolboys were in excellent form at Foyle Cup competition with their exertions the pick of the bunch from the county.
The U-13 and U-15 sides scooped the top awards in Derry, while Kilmacrennan Celtic came out on top in the U-10 competition.
The Donegal Schoolboys side got the better of Draperstown Celtic in the U-15 competition on a 2-0 scoreline at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night. Beforehand, the team had stormed their way through the competition.
A 7-0 win over ANB got them on their way before a 4-0 hammering of Limavady United and a 1-1 draw against Crumlin Colts. Having topped the group, Donegal enjoyed a 4-1 win over St Johnstone FC in their semi-final at Daisyfield.
Meanwhile, in the U-14 competition, the Donegal Schoolboys were also there on cup final night at Oakland. However, they went down to a 3-0 loss against Hearts.
They got off to a perfect start, winning 4-0 against Coleraine and although they then lost 2-0 to Celtic, got back on track thanks to a 3-1 win over Maiden City Academy. In the semi-final on Friday morning at Strabane Melvin against Tristar, they won by two goals to one.
The U-13 Donegal Schoolboys made it to the final against Derry & District Youths minimal fuss, where they took the cup home after a 3-1 win at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night.
In the opening round, they hammered Dergview 4-0 and Limavady 3-0 before sneaking to a 1-0 victory over the neighbours, the Inishowen Youth League, in the final group game. In the cup quarter-finals, Derry’s Maiden City Academy were beaten 5-2 in the semi-final.
The U-12 competition also saw Donegal Schoolboys with their shooting boots on. An 8-0 victory over Bertie Peacock Youth League was a trouble free opening but they went down 3-0 against Hearts in their second match.
However, a 1-0 win against Newhill set them up for a place in the last eight of the Rosebowl, where they came through a penalty shoot-out 5-4 after a 1-1 draw with Dungiven Celtic to set up a final against Derry & District Colts, where they went down by a single goal.
Finn Harps got off to a flier when they battered Armagh City 4-0 and then pipped Limavady United 2-1. A scoreless draw against Lucan United meant for a Cup quarter-final but there they lost out, 2-0 to Glentoran in Strabane.
Donegal Town played in the same age bracket. After a 3-0 loss against Limavady United for starters, they got the better of Cavan/Monaghan by three goals to nil only for Ballinamallard’s 1-0 win forced them into the Shield. There, Donegal Town restored all confidence with a 7-0 hammering of Armagh City before losing 2-1 to Ballinamallard.
Finn Harps’ U-19 side interest in the Foyle Cup concluded when they were defeated 3-1 by Hibernian at the semi-final stage on Thursday night at the Brandywell. They ended the competition in fourth place after losing the third and fourth place play-off against Derry City, 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw.
Harps managed to top their group with seven points from nine. After a 4-0 win over Hillsborough Boys on Monday, they shared the points with Fanad United following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and concluded the first round with a 2-1 win over Ballymoor on Wednesday.
Fanad lost 3-1 to the same side, Ballymoor, in their first outing of the competition and following the draw with Harps, hammered Hillsborough 5-0 to come third in the section and this enter the Rosebowl competition.
However, they were beaten 2-1 by Arklow Town on Thursday at Lisnagelvin but they did finish off in third place after they beat Ballinamallard after winning 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Letterkenny Rovers went down in both their first two fixtures, 1-0 against Ballymena United and then 3-2 against B-Moor Academy but bounced back with a 1-0 win at the expense of Strabane Athletic.
They continued that good form in the semi-final of the Rosebowl, with a 2-1 win over Ballinamallard United and Burndennet to set up a final appearance against Fanad’s conquers Arklow Town. However, it was the Wicklow side that won by two goals to nil.
In the U-16 competition, Donegal Schoolboys started off competently with a 1-0 victory against NECSL, before drawing 1-1 with Limavady United. A 4-0 hammering of Crewe enabled them to top the groups but they went down 1-0 to Everton America in the last eight.
However, with the losing quarter-finalists entering a play-off the Donegal side got back on track with a 2-0 success over Grosvenor Youths and ended up in fifth place thanks to a 2-0 win over Limavady United.
Gweedore United found the going tough as they lost all three group games, 2-0 against Derry & District Youth League, 7-0 to Glentoran and then 4-0 at the hands of Strabane Athletic. Gweedore’s Shield aspirations concluded with a 1-0 reversal loss to Ashgrove Rovers FC and a 3-0 reversal against Crewe in the third and fourth place play-off.
In the U-10s, Kilmacrennan Celtic were triumphant after a marathon penalty shoot-out win over St Oliver Plunkett, eventually winning 10-9 after a scoreless draw. Beforehand, Kilmacrennan opened with a 7-0 win over Bertie Peacock Academy, before sharing the spoils in a 0-0 draw with Derry & District Colts and then drawing scoreless with Ballinamallard.
A single goal was enough to see off Derry & District YFA before a 2-0 win over Limavady sealed their place in the final.
Letterkenny-Ballyraine had a decent run as far as the semi-finals in the U-11 Plate competition. After a 2-1 loss to Limavady in their first game, they bounced back with a 4-1 win over Ballymoor FC but lost 2-1 to Dungannon.
After a 1-1 draw against Oxford United, they won the resultant shoot-out 3-2 before going down 2-1 to Inishowen in the semi-finals. Third place, though, was sealed with a 2-1 win over the Bertie Peacock Academy. The plate final was won by Inishowen, who beat Enniskillen on penalties, 5-4, after a 1-1 draw.