FOOTBALL: Derry Colts defeat Linfield to book quarter-final spot

The Derry Colts U14 team who defeated Linfield in the NIBFA U14 Subway National Youth League Cup.
The Derry Colts U14 team who defeated Linfield in the NIBFA U14 Subway National Youth League Cup.

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Linfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Derry Colts recorded a terrific victory over Linfield in the N.I.B.F.A. U14 Subway National Youth League Cup to book their place in the quarter-finals of this year’s competition.

Colts started brightly against the Belfast outfit and Dermot Magee saw his rasping shot from the edge of the box crash against the crossbar on the five minute mark.

Linfield gradually found their feet and had a couple of efforts from distance which Colts keeper Leannan McCann dealt with comfortably.

Colts started to gain the upper hand midway through the half with Jack Bradley, Sean Duffy, Jordan McEneiff and Fionn Faherty dominating the midfield and deservedly took the lead just before the break when Matthew Stevenson put McEneff through on goal and he finished with aplomb.

Colts continued to dominate in the second half and doubled their lead when Eoghan Dobbins stroked home a second goal from inside the box but Linfield struck back with a superb strike from the edge of the box sailing into the roof of the net. However inside the final few minutes McEneff scored his second and Colts third to seal the victory.

Weekend Results: U17 Derry Colts 2, Institute 0; 16(A) Derry Colts 0, Crusaders 4; U13(A) Derry Colts 2, Limavady 2; U12 Derry Colts 7, Enniskillen Rangers 0.

NIBFA Subway National League U13 A

Derry Colts 2

Limavady 2

The first half of this clash belonged to Limavady who went in at the interval deservedly 2-0 up. Two clinical finishes from two one-on=one situations with the Derry keeper.

The second half was a complete role reversal with Derry dominating pretty much the entire half.

Derry went close from Dominic Dunne, Adam Green, Niall Fielding, Nathan McCrudden, Caoimhin Porter and Anton Murtagh but a combination of the Limavady keeper, the pitch and bad luck seen the boys still 2-0 down with five minutes to play.

Then a Niall Fielding corner caused mayhem as Shay Frazer got a vital goalward bound touch, forcing the keeper to parry and there was Dominic Dunne on hand to cooly side foot home.

Finally the incessant Derry pressure told when, with seconds remaining, Aaron McClafferty found Niall Fielding who composed himself and placed a fantastic shot into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner.