Crowds turn out for Foyle Cup
LARGE crowds are expected tomorrow in Brandywell Stadium for the 2012 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup ‘Finals Days’ after a superb week of high quality throughout the district.
Neither torrential showers nor the indifferent Irish weather could dampen the spirits at the 2012 competition which has seen some of the most entertaining games in the competitions history. With the groups finished and the semi-finals won all attentions now turn to the traditional showpiece.
At the time of going to print yesterday a number of semi-finals were still in progress. Hosts Derry & District Youth FA secured their U13 semi-final spot with a 3-0 victory over Ballymoney United. Scott Rice scored one goal for the locals but he was overshadowed by a ‘Man of the Match’ performance from David Parkhouse who grabbed a brace. Maiden City Academy ensured a home town semi-final spot with a hard fought 2-1 win over Stonebridge FC, Curtis Beattle’s starring role for Stonebridge was capped off with a consolation goal as Matthew Duffy and Alex Carolan took Maiden City through to last night’s meeting with Donegal Schoolboys. Derry & District faced city rivals Institute at Oakland with the final scheduled for 6pm tonight at Institute’s Riverside Stadium.
In the Under 15 Section, Limavady United grabbed a fantastic victory over top Canadian side, ANB Soccer. Eunan Murray and Michael Devine grabbed the goals for Limavady with Christopher Jaggarnath grabbing the ANB score. There were also good wins for Draperstown Celtic over Enniskillen Town United and Inishowen over Ballymoney. Last night’s semi-finals saw Draperstown Celtic play Trojans and Donegal Schoolboys meeting St. Johnstone for a place in the final, also at the Riverside Stadium tonight at 7.30pm.
Mini-Soccer continued at various venues in the city throughout the week. In Under 11 Section, Scottish Premier Division side Hearts recovered from their opening day defeat to record two victories and claim a ‘Best Runners Up’ spot in the Foyle Cup Quarter-Finals. The Under 11 continued yesterday through to 7pm at the Vale Centre in Greysteel, at which stage the finalists in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup on Friday at 4.15pm will be known.
The Under 10 Section has been as exciting with ever with games taking place on the Astroturf surfaces at St Columb’s Park and Leafair. Ballymoney United and Limavady United finished the group stages with a 100% record and as a result were top seeds in the quarter final draw, Ballymoney taking on Oxford United, Limavady playing Sion Swifts - both of whom qualified as Best Runners Up. A 4-0 win for hosts Derry & District over Coleraine secured a quarter final tie against Kilmacrennan Celtic with goals from Adam Green, Jack O’Donnell, Evan McLaughlin and Caoimhin Porter. Glencar are congratulating sole goal scorer Tony Gallagher after he came off the bench to score the only goal against Maiden City and secure a quarter final tie with St Oliver Plunkett FC from Belfast. The under final is at St Columbs Park today at 5.15pm.
At Under 12, Shankill Juniors defeated Ballymoney United at Newbuildings, ‘Man of the Match’ Reece Carberry topping off an impressive performance with one of Shankill’s goals. Rhys Ferris and Sean Elliott’s goals for Ballymoney weren’t enough on the day. Meanwhile a hat-trick for Zack O’Neill helped Dublin side Lucan United to a comfortable win over Armagh City which set up a winner takes all game with Finn Harps yesterday to secure a quarter final place. Other teams still with a 100% record include Limavady United, NECSL from Co. Meath, Glentoran, Ballymoor and Ballymoney with the latter two also playing each other to make the quarter finals.
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Weather for Derry
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 12 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: South
Temperature: 12 C to 16 C
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