FOYLE CUP: Derby delight for Derry boys

Celebration time for Hillsborough Boys under 16s against Everton America. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Celebration time for Hillsborough Boys under 16s against Everton America. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Semi-finals day at the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup wrapped up with Derry City celebrating crucial progress.

City managed to overcome north-west neighbours Finn Harps with a penalty shoot-out win at Thornhill in front of a large crowd in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup that sees them through to Saturday’s under 15s’ final.

In a competitive end-to-end game, both defences were on top and there were little goalscoring opportunities, hence the 0-0 scoreline.

Chances of note in the first period saw Harps’ Charlie White blast his 30-yard shot over the crossbar while, at the other end, Derry’s Caoimhinn Porter shot from the edge of the penalty area but it went narrowly wide of the upright.

The second half was a midfield battle with Derry’s Tiernan McGuinness and Adam Curran stymied by Harps pair of Carlos O’Reilly and Jamie Doherty.

Late on, Harps’ Doherty had an opportunity from close range but his shot was parried wide by Candystripes goalkeeper John Matthews.

Both teams were well supported by an excellent crowd at the Thornhill College sportsgrounds, which had heavy showers and sunshine throughout the game.

Stalemate prevailed and so it was penalties to decide the north-west under 15s’ semi-final.

With the scores at four-a-piece, it was the unfortunate O’Reilly for Harps that stepped up and watched as City’s Matthews got down to his right and saved.

City netted their final penalty to go through to an all-local final against Maiden City Academy, who overcame Kildrum Tigers.