Donegal sides scoop top awards at Foyle Cup

Donegal Schoolboys were in excellent form at Foyle Cup competition with their exertions the pick of the bunch from the county.

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.