It was quarter final day in the U12 section of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup and it kicked off at the Brandywell Showgrounds between Waterford and Donegal Schoolboys. As expected, the first ten minutes were tight with both teams jostling for possession and not wanting to give anything away. The breakthrough did come shortly after however with Donegal’s Conor Black using his pace to latch onto a long ball over the top and the striker made no mistake as he looked up and smashed the ball home to make it 1-0. Both sides continued to play nice football as the half went on and the hundred-strong crowd at the home of Derry City enjoyed the competitive nature of the game. It remained tight in the closing stages of the opening period and it was 1-0 as the half-time whistle sounded.
As the game resumed it was clear there was a semi-final place at stake as Waterford stepped it up and it got a little scrappier with fouls breaking up the play. There were very little clear-cut chances as the half continued and Donegal managed to limit Waterford to shooting from distance, protecting their precious 1-0 lead. In the closing stages the Munster side were desperate to equalise but couldn’t quite find the right passes. The last couple of minutes saw them throw everything at a resilient defence but in the end there was no equaliser and the Donegal boys held on to progress to the semi-final by a single goal.
Meanwhile the Under 10s and 11s have also reached the final stages. Glentoran Colts & Bertie Peacock Youths have reached the Under 10 final to be played at Leafair 3pm on Friday. Glentoran were comfortable winners against Carniny 3-0 and Bertie Peacock found it tougher before overcoming Ballymoney United 1-0. The Plate Final will see Sion Swifts play Tristar at 3pm.
At Under 11 it’s an all FAI affair in the final at Vale Centre (5pm). Previous winners, Letterkenny Rovers will be trying to gain back their crown, but won’t get it easy against crack Dublin outfit Peamount United. Letterkenny beat Coleraine 4-1 in their semi final. Peamount defeated Inishowen Youth League 4-0.
Sion Swifts have also made the final at this age group following a win against Trojans on penalties. They play Ballymoney United who also progressed on penalties - after a 2-2 draw with Oxford. The Vase final is between Carndonagh FC & Ballymoor FC.
In the Under 12 Cup quarter finals, in the early games there were wins for Donegal (1-0 v Waterford), Cavan/Monaghan Youth League (3-0 v Maiden City), TW Braga (1-0 v Shelbourne) & Derry Colts (on penalties v Hearts). The semi finals on Friday evening see Cavan/Monaghan play TW Braga at Killea and Donegal play Derry Colts at Oakland.
The new tournament for under 13 girls finished Thursday evening. Donegal Girls took the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup title with a 2-0 win over neighbours Inishowen. The Plate final was won on penalties 4-3 by Sion Swifts after a 1-1 draw with the Inishowen B teams.
At Under 13 local side Derry Colts met their match losing 3-0 to Sheffield United. Sheffield meet Arklow town in semi finals with the winders playing Donegal or Coleraine in the final on Saturday.
The Under 14 groups concluded and the semi finalists are now known. The four semi finalists have only conceded 1 goal between them in the 12 games they contested all week - which makes the semi finals very intriguing. On Friday at 5pm, Donegal Schoolboys will play Celtic FC in a repeat of last year’s semi final which incidentally was delayed overnight due to thunder. Both teams will be hoping the superb weather holds this year. Maiden City Academy play Glentoran FC in Ardmore, also at 5pm.
the Under 15 final in Buncrana on Friday evening at 7pm will see NECSL from Co. Meath/Louth play local side Oxford FC in the final. NECSL beat Arklow Town on penalties whilst Oxford defeated Premiership side Norwich City 4-3.
Other finals on Friday evening will see the Under 17 final contested at 7pm at Ardmore. It will see a Derry team play a visiting team as either Derry City or Foyle Harps will play St Johnstone or Killen Rangers. At the same time in Instititute’s Riverside Stadium the Under 19 final will see either Ballymoor or Derry City play Partick Thistle or Strabane Athletic.
Foyle Cup Oak Athletic 0 Carniny Youth 1; Glentoran Colts 4 Top of the Hill Celtic 0; St Oliver Pllunkett 0 Bertie Peacock Youths 0 (Bertie Peacock 5-4 pens) ; Kilmacrennan Celtic 0 Ballymoney United 2; Carniny Youth 0 Glentoran 3; Bertie Peaock Youths 1 Ballymoney United 0; Oak Athletic 2 Top of the Hill Celtic 3; St Oliver Plunkett 6 Kilmacrennan Celtic 0
Foyle Plate Sion Swifts 3 Bertie Peacock Colts 0; Killea Nixon Corner 0 North End United 3; Dungannon United Youth 2 Ballinamallard 0; Bright Stars 1 Tristar 1 (Tristar 3-2 pens); Sion Swifts 2 North End United 0; Dungannon United Youth 1 tristar 2; Bertie Peacock Colts 4 Killea Nixon Corner 0; Ballinamallard United 1 Bright Stars 0
Foyle Rosebowl Quarter Finals Limavady United 4 Maiden City Academy 4 (limavady 3-2 pens); Coleraine 4 Clooney Soccer School 2; Buncrana Hearts 0 Don Boscos 3; Shankill Juniors v East Donegal Colts ; Limavady United 0 Coleraine 0 (Coleraine 9-8 pens); Maiden City Academy 7 Clooney Soccer School 1
Foyle Shield Quarter Final - Colin Valley 0 St Oliver Plunkett Colt 0 (Colin Valley 3-2 pens); Roe Valley 2 Quigleys Point Swifts 1; Kildrum Tigers 3 Gweedore United 3 (Kildrum 3-1 pens); Colin Valley 1 Roe Valley 0; St Oliver Plunkett Colts 2 Quigleys Point Swifts 1
17:00 at Leafair - Oxford FC v Ballymoor;
Foyle Vase Quarter Finals tristar Colts 1 Clonmany Shamrocks 1 (clonmany 3-2 pens); Corinthians FC 1 Shankill Colts 2; Cockhill Celtic 1 Shankill Colts 0; Maiden City Colts 0 Eglinton Eagles 2
Foyle Globe Quarter Finals Lagan Harps 6 Sion Colts 3; Oxford Colts 2 Ballyraine 3; Coleraine Colts 7 Culmore 2; Lifford Celtic 0 Milford United 5
Foyle Cup Dungannon United Youth 1 Coleraine 1 (Coleriane 5-3 pens); Bertie Peacock Youth 0 Inishowen Youth 1;Coleraine 1 Letterkenny Rovers 4; Inishowen Youth 0 Peamount United 4
Foyle Plate Inishowen Colts 2 Trojans FC 2 (Trojans 4-3 pens); Rosario FC 1 Ballymoney United 2; Ballymoney United 2 Oxford FC 2 (Ballymoney 4-2 pens); Trojans 2 Sion Swifts 2 (Sion 2-1 pens)
Foyle Rosebowl South Donegal 2 Limavady United 6; Top of the Hill Celtic 0 Ballinamallard United 1; Ballinamallard 1 Hillsborough Boys 3; Limavady United 2 Tristar FC 4
Foyle Shield Foyle harps 3 Culmore 0; Strabane Athletic 0 Glentoran 2; Foyle Harps 0 Donegal Town 2; Glentoran 1 Killea Nixon Corner 0
Foyle Vase St Oliver Plunkett 1 Ballymoor 2; Carndonagh 2 Don Boscos Colts 1; Carndonagh Maiden City Academy; Winner (2) v Don Boscos
Foyle Globe at Bishops Field
Semi FInals 18:00 - St Oliver Plunkett Colts L Institute L; Lifford Celtic L Corinthians L
Foyle Cup Quarter Finals - Donegal Schoolboys 1 Waterford Schoolboys 0; Cavan/Monaghan 3 Maiden City Academy 0; Shelbourne 0 TW Braga 1; Hearts 1 Derry Colts 1 (Derry 8-7 pens)
Foyle Plate Quarter Finals - Inishowen Youth League 2 Kildrum Tigers 1; Ballinamallard United 1 Carnmoney FDC 2; Swill Rovers L Oxford FC L; South Donegal L Sion Swifts L
Foyle Rosebowl Quarter Finals - Limavady United 6 East Donegal 2; Ballymoney United 1 Oak Athletic 1 (Ballymoney United 5-3 pens); Carniny Youth 3 Killea Nixon Corner 0; Coleraine L Roe Valley L
Foyle Cup Quarter FInals Donegal 7 North End 0; Arklow Town 1 Mid Ulster YL 0; Derry Colts 0 Sheffield United 3; Foyle Harps L Coleraine L
Foyle Plate Quarter FInals Shankill Juniors 0 Ballymoor 2; Oxford L Carniny YouthL; Oak Athletic 2 Maiden City 0; St Patricks 0 Inishowen 6
Foyle Rosebowl Quarter Finals Bertie Peacock Yths 2 St Oliver Plunkett 0; Dungiven Celtic L Institute L; Shankill Colts L Ballymoney United L; Ardstraw L Strabane L
Under 13 Girls
Cup Semi Final - Inishowen A 3 Crusaders Stricker 0; Donegal Girls 5 Greencastle 1; ¾ Playoff Crusaders Strikers 1 Greencastle 6; Final Inishowen A 0 Donegal Schoolgirls 3
Plate Semi Final - Sion Swifts 3 St Patricks Castlederg 0; Inishowen B 4 Foyle Belles 0; 3/4 Playoff St Patricks 3 Foyle Belles 2; Final Sion Swifts 1 Inishowen B 1 (Sion win 4-3 pens)
Derry Colts 0 Glentoran 3; Donegal Schoolboys 4 Oxford FC 0; Sion Swifts 0 Newhill FC 0; St Oliver Plunkett 3 Ridgeway Rovers 2; Strathroy Harps 0 Celtic FC 7; Limavady United 0 Inishowen YL (8; Culmore FC 0 Hearts FC 1; Maiden City Academy 3 Shankill Juniors 0
Foyle Cup Semi Finals Arklow Town L NECSL L; Oxford FC 4 Norwich City 3
Foyle Plate Semi Finals Finn Harps 2 Coleraine 0; Inishowen L Shelbourne L
Foyle Rosebowl Semi Finals Bangor 1 Derry Colts 3; Limavady United 3 Loughside 0
Foyle Shield Semi Finals Dungiven Celtic 0 Strabane Athletic 1; Hillsborough Boys 0 Institute 2
Strand Celtic 1 St Oliver Plunkett 2; Foyle Harps 1 Limavady United 2; Carniny Youth 0 Donegal Schoolboys 2; Ballymoney United 0 Cliftonville 0; St Patrick’s Castlederg L Drumkeen United L; Willowbank 2 Inishowen YL (2; Institute 2 Loughgall 1
Foyle Cup Semi Finals St Johnstone 3 Killen Rangers 0; Derry City 3 Foyle Harps 0
Foyle Plate Semi Finals Hillsborough Boys 3 Finn Harps 3 (Finn Harps 4-2 pens)); St Oliver Plunkett 2 Ashgrove Rovers 0
Foyle Cup Semi Finals Ballymoor v Derry City (Ardmore); Partick Thistle 3 Strabane Athletic 2
Foyle Plate Semi Finals Finn Harps 0 Inishowen Youth League 2; Limavady United 3 Institute 1
Foyle Rosebowl Semi Finals Mountjoy United 0 Altrincham 2; Ballymena United 0 Newtowne 1
Foyle Shield Semi Finals Sion Swifts 0 Oldpark Reds 3 Fanad United 0 Letterkenny Rovers 0 (Fanad 9-8 pens)
Foyle Cup Semi Finals Killen Ranger 0 Sion Swifts 1; Illies Celtic 0 Greencastle 2
Foyle Plate Semi FInals Lagan Harps 3 Roe Valley Ladies 0; Foyle Belles 0 Derry City 2