Pat Harkin Summer Cup holders, Derry City Academy and former winners, Telstar Colts, both negotiated their way through to the quarter-finals of the competition following victories over Tristar and Lisahally respectively this week.
Derry City will not face Oxford United Stars in another battle of local youth while Telstar will lock horns with competition hosts, Brandywell Harps and both those games will be played next week.
Telstar Colts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Lisahally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
On Monday night last a strong Telstar Colts came up against a decent Lisahally team and despite the poor weather conditions, both teams played their part in serving up a good game.
Telstar created two glorious scoring chances in the first half but both Kevin Ramsey and Declan Divin failed to take advantage at half-time the scoreline remained blank.
However, two minutes into the second half, Telstar broke the deadlock when fine work in midfield from Darren McCready and Darren Cassidy set up the alert Brendan McDonald and he beat the advancing keeper, Robertson, from 18 yards with a good strike from 18 yards.
Despite that setback, Lisahally remained well in the game but Paddy McLaughlin and Aaron Callaghan proved resolute in the Telstar defence.
The Creggan side then doubled their lead following a mix-up in the Lisahally defence but with five minutes remaining, Lisahally grabbed a late, late life-line when they were awarded a penalty.
Harkin stepped up and drove the spotkick powerfull to the net to guarantee a nervous finish but Telstar had the experience to hold out and secure their place in the quarter-final.
Derry City Academy . . . . . . . . . .2
Tristar Boys’ Club . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Holders Derry City Academy booked their place in the last eight with what proved to be a hard fought victory over Tristar Boys’ Club.
John Quigg’s troops were on top during the early stages and they took
a deserved lead.
Having forced Tristar onto the back foot, the sustained Derry pressure paid of when Josh Tracey broke the deadlock with a fine individual goal.
And Derry refused to take their foot off the pedal in what was a one-sided opening period.
They deservedly doubled their lead when their 17-year-old towering striker, George Kelly, made it 2-0 and Tristar were in trouble.
However, the Boys’ Club side refused to let their heads drop and ex-Derry City player, Seamus Cusack, reduced the deficit following a corner-kick during the latter stages of the second half.
And despite their youth, the Derry Academy held out with their two centre-halves always in control at the back.
Next Week’s Fixtures
Monday night, May 20th - Top of the Hill Celtic v. Trojans; Tuesday, May 21st, quarter-final - Telstar Colts v. Brandywell Harps; Wednesday, May, 22nd, Derry City Academy v. Oxford United Stars. All games kick-off at 7.00 p.m. in the Showgrounds.