It was day four of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup yesterday and there were two cracking games to be enjoyed, both for very different reasons. It was the last group game in the U14 section as we got to the business end of the tournament. Group B leaders Celtic FC took on Coleraine outfit Bertie Peacock Youth who had only managed a draw and a defeat in the first two games. There was a delayed start at Ardmore but the sun came out just in time for kick off. As expected, Celtic got off to a flying start and they were on the scoresheet within ten minutes. Kieran McGrath got on the end of a slick passing move to finish off, the striker popping up in the right place as usual. The pressure continued and the Glaswegians were playing some really impressive football, chances coming in waves for the Hoops. It wasn’t long before it was 2-0 and it was well worked yet again. Leon Chiwara broke away and played a one-two down the right before finishing smartly at the near post. As the half drew nearer the pressure only intensified and David McKay was pulling the strings wonderfully in the middle for the Celts. The centre midfielder and captain found himself in a yard of space just outside the area and nonchalantly swept the ball in to give his team a 3-0 lead at the break.
Celtic came out in the second half and turned on the after burners, they were just too quick and powerful all over the park and the Coleraine lads couldn’t get close to them. Connor Farrelly added to Celtic’s lead just a couple of minutes after the restart and McKay got his second soon after, the Bhoys puppet master volleying home from close range. Bertie did try to press further forward but this left them exposed at the back and Celtic punished them yet again. McGrath did all the hard work down the right and put the ball on a plate for Joshua Jack who did his job and put the Hoops 6-0 up. The sub did do his own work for his second though a couple of minutes later, rounding off the scoring with a superb strike to give Celtic an emphatic 7-0 victory.
The sunshine continued into the evening for the 5pm kick off at Oakland. International visitors Everton America took on Trojans FC at the local boy’s home pitch in the U16 section. It was an equally entertaining game but there weren’t as many goals in this one. With both sides losing their first two games it promised to be a tight affair in Group B. There weren’t many chances in the opening minutes as the two teams tried to figure each other out but ten minutes in the first chance of the game fell to Trojans. Paddy Merrigan stole in behind after a mistake at the back but his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by John Buczek in the Everton net. The Toffees had a chance themselves not long after, Thang Dao fizzed in a low shot from the edge of the box but Jack Henry got down well to save at his near post and keep it goalless. It didn’t remain that way for long though as some intricate play gave Everton the lead. Murray Riach picking the ball up down the right and executing a beautiful cross for Andrew Lasso to head home. Trojans had a couple of half chances but Buczek looked like he was in control of everything and it stayed 1-0 at the half.
Trojans looked bright throughout the game and probably had a better share of possession. They had a positive spell at the start of the second half and Adam McCready was presented with the best opportunity. The striker’s first touch got away from him though and he was unable to turn in from close range, leaning back and slicing the ball just over the crossbar. Everton seemed to be coping with the increasing temperature better, working hard and winning the ball back in important areas. Trojans rallied though and put all their effort into mounting a comeback but it seemed impossible to get past the ever-competent Buczek. The big keeper commanded his area and was reliable under the high ball every time. It seemed to always be in the air however that the local side would get something in front of their home crowd and that’s what happened. Ethan McLauglin finished well after a scrappy build-up to level the final group game at 1-1 and earn his team a point.
By Brendan Hagan
Cup Semi Final, Oxford United 4 – 0 Kilmac Academy, Bertie Peacock 2 – 6 Roe Valley; Final, Oxford United 0 – 3 Roe Valley; WINNERS: Roe Valley
Plate Semi Final, Illistrin FC 3 – 0 Eglinaton Eagles, Buncrana Hearts 0 – 5 Sion Swifts; Final, Illistrin 0 – 1 Sion Swifts; WINNERS: Sion Swifts
Rosebowl Semi Final, Coleraine FC 1 – 5 Ballinamallard, Eastdon 0 – 0 Hillsborough Boys (Hillsborough Boys won 5 – 4 pens); Final, Ballinamallard 3 – 1 Hillsborough Boys; WINNERS: Ballinamallard
Shield Semi Final, FC Corinthians 2- 1 Strabane Athletic, Bright Stars 0 – 0 Drumkeen United (Bright stars won 3-2 pens); Final, FC Corinthians 0 – 1 Bright Stars; WINNERS: Bright Stars
Vase Semi Final, Culmore 1 – 2 Oxford United Colts, Tristar 4 – 0 Maiden City Academy; Final, Oxford United 0 – 3 Tristar; WINNERS: Tristar
Globe Semi Final, Tristar Colts 1 – 1 Carndonagh (Carndonagh won 5-3 pens), Killea 0 – 1 Trojans; Final, Carndonagh 2 – 3 Trojans; WINNERS: Trojans
Ballymoor FC. 3 – 0 Moville Celtic, Kilmac Acad 1 – 0 Oliver Pkt Swifts, Oxford FC 0 – 1 Oliver Pkt FC, Ballinamallard FC 2 – 1 Eglinton Eagles, Ballymoney Utd 1 – 3 Roe Valley FC, Clonmany Sh. 0 – 0 Redcastle Utd (Clonmany Sh. won 3-1 pens), St Patricks Castlederg 1 – 2 Magherafelt Skyblues, Bright Stars FC 2 – 1 Aileach Colts, Oliver Pkt FC 0 – 2 Ballinamallard FC, Oxford FC 3 – 1 Eglinton Eagles, Roe Valley FC 0 – 0 Clonmany Sh.(Roe Valley FC won 2-1 pens), Ballymoney Utd 3 – 1 Redcastle Utd, FS EastDon Colts 2 – 1 Lagan Harps, Trojans FC 3 – 0 Portrush FC, Maiden City Acad 4 – 4 Carniny Y(Carniny Y won 4-2 pens), Letterkenny R 0 – 5 B Peacock YL, Ballyjamesduff FC 1 – 3 Foyle Harps FC, Coleraine FC 0 – 0 Cockhill Celtic (Cockhill Celtic wom 4-3 pens), FS EastDon Colts 1 – 0 Trojans FC, Lagan Harps 2 – 0 Portrush FC, B Peacock YL 3 – 0 Carniny Y, Letterkenny R 1 – 3 Maiden City Acad, Foyle Harps FC 1 – 1 Cockhill Celtic (Cockhill Celtic won 4-1 pens), Ballyjamesduff FC 1 – 4 Coleraine FC, Ballyraine FC 2 – 2 Quigley PS (Ballyraine FC won 4-2 on pens), Carndonagh FC 2 – 3 Dergview FC, Lifford Celtic 2- 3 Tristar FC, Oliver Pkt Colts 1 – 0 Culmore FC, Shankill Y 0 – 0 Don Boscos FC (Shankill Y won 3-2 on pens), Aileach FC 1 – 0 Buncrana Hearts
Ballinamallard FC 1 -1 Ballymoney FC ) Ballinamallard won 7-6 on pens), Cappry R 1 – 0 Glentoran Acad A, Clooney Soc Scl 1 -1 Killea FC(Killea FC won 4-3 pens), Strabane Ath 0 – 1 Phoenix FC, Inishowen Y L 2 – 1 Maiden City Acad, Kildrum FC 0 – 2 Oxford FC, Ballinamallard FC 0 – 2 Glentoran Acad A, Ballymoney FC 2 – 2 Cappry R) Ballymoney FC won 4-3 on pens), Ballymena Utd FC 5 – 0 Institute, St Catherines FC 2 – 2 Limavady Utd FC(St Catherines FC won 5-4 on pens), Inishowen Y L 1 – 0 Oxford FC, Maiden City Acad 3 – 1 Kildrum FC, Sth Donegal Sboys 2 – 0 Coleraine FC, Glenavon FC 0 – 0 Magerafelt Sky Bl.) Magerafelt Sky Bl won 5-4 on pens), NArds & Dist 3 – 3 Bt Stars FC) NArds & Dist won 4-3 pens), Strathroy H. 0 – 3 Ardoyne FC, Sion Swifts 0 – 1 Top Of Hill Celtic, Oak Athletic 0 – 0 Ardoyne Whites (Oak Athletic won 3-2 on pens), Sth Donegal Sboys 0 – 2 Magerafelt Sky Bl., Coleraine FC 2 – 1 Glenavon FC, NArds & Dist 3 – 3 Ardoyne FC (NArds & Dist won 4-3 on pens), Bt Stars FC 1 – 0 Strathroy H., Oak Athletic 1- 1 Top Of Hill Celtic (Top Of Hill Celtic won 5-4 on pens), Ardoyne Whites 1 – 2 Sion Swifts, Tristar FC 4 – 1 Carniny Y, CYFC 4 – 1 Lagan Harps FC, Ballymoor FC 1 – 0 Stormont FC, FS Eastdon 1 – 1 Milford Utd (FS Eastdon won 5-3 on pens), Partick Thistle 0 – 1 Shankill Y, Oliver Pkt FC 1 – 1 Collin Valley FC (Oliver Pkt FC won 4-3 on pens)
Waterford Sboys 1 – 0 East Donegal Y, Dungannon Swifts 2 – 0 Oliver Plunkett Colts, Maiden City Acad 4 – 3 Oxford FC, Armagh City FC 3 – 0 Rosario, Donegal Sboys 2 – 0 Letterkenny R, Foyle Harps 2 – 4 Coleraine FC, Peamount Utd FC 2 – 0 Inishowen YL, Sligo / Leitrim YL 4 – 0 Ballymoney Utd, B Peacock YL 7 – 0 Letterkenny Utd, Hillsboro Boys FC 1 – 0 Trojans FC