The final Group standings of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup were decided on another thrilling day of competition across the North West on Wednesday.
The day kicked off at the sunny Oakland Park in 26 degree heat where Oxford FC and Newhill FC took to the pitch to battle it out in the U14 section. It was Oxford who took the early advantage however when midfielder Nathan Breslin was taken down 30 yards from goal and Ryan McCauley stepped up to brilliantly dispatch the free-kick and put his team one up.
McCauley saw another free-kick minutes later saved by Newhill keeper Ryan Martin and this seemed to spur the Newhill boys on. After winning a corner, Sean Duffy headed home from the resulting set-piece to bring it level. The big striker then did superbly for his second goal five minutes later, chasing down a ball back to the keeper and stealing in front of the keeper to finish well.
Newhill continued to dominate the half from there and got two more from corners with Ryan Cush and Darren Donnelly getting in on the act to make it 4-1 at the break.
The second period continued in the same fashion with Newhill controlling the play. Oxford didn’t muster up much of a challenge as the half went on with Newhill very impressive in possession. Donnelly and Duffy in particular were composed on the ball and had some excellent touches. Caoimhin Beck added a fifth for Newhill in the closing stages from six yards out but the game had long been won and they were well worth the final 5-1 result.
Belfast team shock Institute
Among the 5pm kick-offs, Institute took on Loughside FC and it was the Belfast boys who started better but the game remained even in the opening minutes after Jordan Carruthers hadone ruled out for offside.
With the heat non-relenting, there was a minute’s water break for the players and for the second time in two days this gave Loughside a lift. Adam Kilen found himself in acres of space on the left and after he swung in a dangerous cross, Nathan Love could only head it into his own net, looping the ball over Adam Lamberton in the ‘Stute goal.
It didn’t take long for the local lads to pick up their game after the break with their first attack resulting in an equaliser. Jaime Adams was played in over the top and he dragged the ball past the keeper to leave himself an easy finish for 1-1.
It didn’t stay that way for very long though as Loughside went straight on the attack. Luke Watters won a corner for the Belfast side and after the ball broke to the edge of the box, captain Jordan Daves kept his head to put his side into the lead again with a side foot finish.
It was 3-1 a couple of minutes later and this time it was Carruthers for Loughside, staying on-side to slide his shot past Lamberton. Pearce Tait added to the scoring for the Shore Road team when Watters broke on a counter-attack and fired it across for the No. 10 to volley home from eight yards. Institute won a late penalty but it wasn’t to be their day as Rhys Baxter made a superb double save to keep the final score at 5-1.
Many age groups are now moving into the knockout stages. At Under 10, Oak Athletic completed a clean sweep and finished their group with five wins from five - a feat matched by Glentoran, Ballymoney and Bertie Peacock Youths. They will now play in the quarter finals this morning (Thursday - See fixtures below).
At Under 11 only Letterkenny Rovers took maximum points and as such are seeded until the semi finals. The other seeded side is Peamount United with four wins and a draw. These two team will then play two teams emerging from Coleraine, Bertie Peacock Youths, Inishowen and Dungannon.
On Wednesday evening, representatives of the competing teams and referees from across Europe attended a reception in Derry’ Guildhall hosted by Mayor of Derry, Cllr Brenda Stevenson.
Speaking at reception, Brian McDowell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hughes Insurance commented: “Hughes Insurance has been open in Derry for over six years now and we’re very proud to be involved with this city.
“We’re also proud to be title sponsors of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup - one of Europe’s best youth football tournaments. The people of Derry have always had a passion for football and it was evident through the turnout at last year’s tournament. Tens of thousands of people watched the best up and coming talent. From all of us at Hughes Insurance we would like to say thanks and best of luck to all of the organisers, volunteers and young players!”
North End United 13 Culmore 0; East Donegal Colts 0 Bertie Peacock Youths1; Roe Valley FC 0 Bright Stars 0; Shankill Juniors 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic 3; Limavady United 1 Oxford FC 0; Sion Swifts 0 Oak Athletic 1; St Oliver Plunkett Colts 5 Clonmany Shamrocks 0; Bertie Peacock Youths 4 North End United 1; Lifford Celtic 0 Corinthians FC 9; Bright Stars 5 Kilmacrennan Celtic 0; Cockhill Celtic 1 Lagan Harps 0; Oak Athletic 1 Limavady United 0; Culmore 1 Clonmany Shamrocks 6; East Donegal Colts 2 St Oliver Plunkett Colts 1; Corinthians FC 1 Roe Valley FC 5; Lifford Celtic 0 Shankill Juniors 9; Oxford FC 2 Lagan Harps 0; Sion Swifts 1 Cockhill Celtic 1; Coleraine FC 5 Oxford Colts 0; Glentoran Colts 8 Kildrum Tigers 0; Ballymoney United 2 Tristar FC 1; Quigleys Point Swifts 1 Don Boscos 1; Bertie Peacock Colts 0 Ballymoor FC 1; Sion Colts 0 Maiden City Academy 2; Dungannon United Youth 7 Maiden City Colts 0; Oxford Colts 0 Kildrum Tigers 4; Shankill Colts 1 Milford United 0; Don Boscos 2 Ballymoney United 4; Carniny Youth 2 East Donegal Schoolboys 1; Maiden City Academy 1 Bertie Peacock Colts 2; Maiden City Colts 0 Coleraine FC 8; Dungannon United Youth 2 Glentoran Colts 6; Tristar FC 1 Milford United 0; Quigleys Point Swifts 0 Shankill Colts 0; Ballymoor FC 3 East Donegal Schoolboys 0; Sion Colts 2 Carniny Youth 6; Coleraine Colts 0 Tristar Colts 4; Killea Nixon Corner 0 Colin Valley FC 2; Eglinton Eagles 0 Clooney Soccer School 4; Ballinamallard United 3 Gweedore United 0; St Oliver Plunkett FC 4 Buncrana Hearts 1; Colin Valley FC 4 Coleraine Colts 1; Ballyraine FC 0 Top of the Hill Celtic 5; Clooney Soccer School 1 Gweedore United 0; Tristar Colts 1 Buncrana Hearts 2; Killea Nixon Corner 0 St Oliver Plunkett FC 10; Top of the Hill Celtic L Eglinton Eagles L; Ballyraine FC L Ballinamallard United L;
Bertie Peacock Youths 2 Trojans FC 1; Hillsborough Boys 1 Carndonagh FC 0; Lifford Celtic 0 Oxford FC 2; Don Boscos Colts 0 Donegal Town 2; Strabane Athletic 0 Institute 0; Trojans FC 1 Carndonagh FC 0; Dungannon United Youth 4 Top of the Hill Celtic 2; Oxford FC 2 Donegal Town 0; Institute 0 Bertie Peacock Youths 10; Strabane Athletic 1 Hillsborough Boys 1; Top of the Hill Celtic 4 Lifford Celtic 0; Dungannon United Youth 3 Don Boscos Colts 0; Coleraine FC 2 Ballymoor FC 0; Glentoran FC 1 Inishowen Colts 2; Limavady United 0 Foyle Harps 0; St Oliver Plunkett Colts 0 Letterkenny Rovers 1; Ballymoor FC 0 Inishowen Colts 2; Ballinamallard United 1 Glentoran FC 1; Sion Swifts 1 Maiden City Academy 0; Foyle Harps 0 Letterkenny Rovers 6; Maiden City Academy 1 Limavady United 2; Sion Swifts 1 St Oliver Plunkett Colts 0; Don Boscos 0 Ballymoney United 2; Ballinamallard United 0 Inishowen Youth League 2; South Donegal Schoolboys 0 Don Boscos 1; Culmore FC 0 Inishowen Youth League 3; Peamount United 8 Corinthians FC 0; St Oliver Plunkett FC 0 Tristar FC (0); Ballymoney United 2 Culmore FC 0; South Donegal Schoolboys 0 Coleraine 2; Killea Nixon Corner 0 Rosario FC 2; Corinthians FC 0 Tristar FC 3;
17:30 Rosario FC v Peamount United (Vale Centre, A); Killea Nixon Corner v St Oliver Plunkett FC (Vale Centre, B);
14:30 East Donegal Schoolboys 1 Derry Colts 4; Cavan/Monaghan Yth Lge 2 Ballinamallard United 0; Kildrum Tigers 0 South Donegal Schoolboys 2; Shelbourne 1 Carnmoney FDC 0; Maiden City Academy 3 Coleraine FC 0; Oxford FC 8 Roe Valley FC 0; TW Braga 2 Ballymoney United 0; Inishowen Youth League 1 Oak Athletic 1; Swilly Rovers 1 Sion Swifts 3; Donegal Schoolboys 4 Limavady United 1; Hearts FC 6 Killea Nixon Corner 0; Waterford Schoolboys L Carniny Youth ;
Donegal Schoolboys 6 Dungiven Celtic 0; Oak Athletic 4 St Oliver Plunkett FC 0; Institute FC 1 Shankill Colts 2; Arklow Town 4 Maiden City Academy 0; Ardstraw FC 1 Shankill Juniors 2; Inishowen Youth League 0 Mid Ulster Youth League (1; Ballymoney United 1 Oxford FC 3; North End United YFC 1 Derry Colts 5; Foyle Harps 2 St Patricks Castlederg 1; Coleraine FC 2 Carniny Youth 0; Sheffield United 7 Strabane Athletic 0; Ballymoor 1 Bertie Peacock Youths 0;
Newhill FC 5 Oxford FC 1; Strathroy Harps 1 St Oliver Plunkett FC 5; Sion Swifts 0 Donegal Schoolboys 2; Inishowen Youth League L Glentoran FC L; Shankill Juniors 0 Finn Harps FC 2; Limavady United 0 Derry Colts 1;
Arklow Town 1 Finn Harps 0; Oxford FC 3 Inishowen Youth League 0; Bangor FC 2 Dungiven Celtic 2; Coleraine FC 2 Derry Colts 1; Norwich City 2 Shelbourne 0; NECSL 5 Strabane Athletic 0 Hillsborough Boys 1 Limavady United 2; Loughside FC 4 Institute FC 1;
17:00 Carniny Youth 0 Foyle Harps 4;
17:00 Derry City 0 Ashgrove Rovers 0; St Johnstone 6 Foyle Harps 1; Finn Harps 2 St Oliver Plunkett 2;
Foyle Cup Quarter Finals - all at Magee
11:00 Oak Athletic v Carniny Youth ; Glentoran Colts v Top of the Hill Celtic
13:00St Oliver Pllunkett v Bertie Peacock Youths; Kilmacrennan Celtic v Ballymoney United (Semi Finals at 12 noon and 2pm at same venue)
Foyle Plate Quarter FInals - all at St Columbs Park
11:00 Sion Swifts v Bertie Peacock Colts; Killea Nixon Corner v North End United
13:00 Dungannon United Youth v Ballinamallard; Bright Stars v Tristar
Foyle Rosebowl Quarter Finals - all at Leafair
13:00 Limavady United v Maiden City Academy; Coleraine v Clooney Soccer School
15:00 Buncrana Hearts v Don Boscos; Shankill Juniors v East Donegal Colts (Semi Finals at 2pm and 4pm same venue)
Foyle Shield Quarter Finals
15:00 at Magee - Colin Valley v St Oliver Plunkett Colts; Roe Valley v Quigleys Point Swifts (Winners play semi final at 16:00)
17:00 at Leafair - Oxford FC v Ballymoor; Kildrum Tigers v Gweedore United (Winners play semi final at 18:00)
Foyle Vase Quarter Finals - all at St Columbs Park
15:00 tristar Colts v Clonmany Shamrocks; Corinthians FC v Shankill Colts
16:00 Cockhill Celtic v Shankill Colts; Maiden City Colts v Eglinton Eagles
Foyle Globe Quarter Finals - all at Leafair
11:00 Lagan Harps v Sion Colts; Oxford Colts v Culmore
12:00 Coleraine Colts v Culmore; Lifford Celtic v Milford United
Foyle Cup Quarter Finals
15:00 Donegal v Waterford (Brandywell Showgrounds); Cavan/Monaghan v Maiden City Academy (Drumkeen); Shelbourne v TW Braga (Nelson Drive)
17:00 Hearts v Derry Colts (Ardmore)
Foyle Plate Quarter Finals
15:00 Inishowen v Kildrum (Lisnagelvin)
16:00 Ballinamallard v Carnomeny (Thornhill)
17:00 Swilly Rovers v Oxford FC (Prehen)
19:00 South Donegal v Sion Swifts (Limavady Killane Rd)
Foyle Rosebowl Quarter Finals
15:00 Coleraine v Roe Valley (Vale Centre); Ballymoney United v Oak Athletic (Clooney Pk West); Carniny Youth v Killea NIxon Corner (Kildrum); Limavady United v East Donegal Schoolboys (Aileach)
Girls Under 13 (all at Vale Centre)
Foyle Cup Semi FInals
16:00 Inishowen Youth League v Crusaders Strickers; Donegal Girls v Greencastle Girls
Final & 3rd Placed Playoff at 18:00
Foyel Plate Semi Finals
15:00 Sion Swifts v St Patricks Castlederg; Inishowen Youth League B v Foyle Belles
Final & 3rd Placed Playoff at 17:00
Foyle Cup Semi Finals
19:00 St Johnstone v Killen Rangers (Wilton Park); Derry City v Foyle Harps (Strabane)
Foyle Plate Semi Finals
17:00 Hillsborough Boys v Finn Harps (Strabane); St Oliver Plunkett v Ashgrove Rovers (Prehen)
Foyle Cup Semi Finals
19:00 Ballymoor v Derry City (Ardmore); Partick Thistle v Strabane Athletic (Limavady Scroggy Road)
Foyle Plate Semi Finals
19:00 Finn Harps v Inishowen Youth League (Oakland); Limavady United v Institute (Nelson Drive)
Foyle Rosebowl Semi Finals
19:00 Mountjoy United v Altrincham(Templemore Swilly); Ballymena United v Newtowne (Templemore Central)
Foyle Shield Semi Finals
19:00 Sion Swifts v Oldpark Reds (Thornhill) Fanad United v Letterkenny Rovers (Aileach)
Foyle Cup Semi Finals
19:00 Illies Celtic v Sion Swifts (Killea) Killen Rangers v Greencastle (Greencastle)
Foyle Plate Semi-finals
19:00 Lagan Harps v Roe Valley Ladies (Wilton Park), Foyle Belles v Derry City (Prehen)