Celtic 2, Donegal Schoolboys 0
CELTIC Football Club were crowned Foyle Cup Under-14 champions following a comfortable victory over Donegal Schoolboys on Finals Day at Brandywell Stadium.
Goals either side of half-time from Celtic skipper, David McKay and striker, Elie N’Goy decided the destination of this year’s Under-14 title.
It was a fantastic showpiece for the Under-14 competition which began with a traditional rendition of ‘You’ll never walk alone’ by the travelling Celtic faithful during the pre-match huddle.
There were chances galore during an entertaining game but Celtic made the most of their goalscoring opportunities despite the best efforts of Donegal keeper, Aaron Foy.
Four minutes in and the Donegal Schoolboys keeper, produced a stunning point blank save from Elie N’Goy from six yards following a great cross from Scott Robertson.
Two minutes later and the Celtic defence were caught napping by Darragh Ellison’s ball over the top and Mark Walsh’s cushioned header over the goalkeeper was cleared off the line by Jack McDowall.
It was end to end and Joshua Jack’s low strike from 12 yards was then cleared off the line by the Donegal Schoolboys’ defence.
Celtic were on the attack again on 13 minutes when N’Goy nipped in behind the Donegal defence and poked the ball past the out-rushing keeper who came 20 yards outside his are to clear but the Hoops’ striker’s first time shot was screwed well wide.
The lively Joshua Jack reacted quickest to a deflected cross from the left moments later but his scuffed shot struck the back of Jack Parks and went behind for a corner.
The pressure was mounting and Celtic finally found a way past Foy from a free-kick wide on the left wing on 23 minutes.
It was swung in dangerously by Jack and David McKay rose highest and got the vital touch to send it past the Donegal keeper from close range.
That’s how it stood at the break but just four minutes after the restart Celtic added a second. Donegal Schoolboys hesitated in defence and N’Goy took advantage when slotting into the corner at the near post from five yards.
N’Goy then tried a speculative lob from 30 yards when he sighted the keeper off his line but his effort went wide with two minutes to go.
But they did enough to claim victory and were crowned 2015 Foyle Cup champions.
Celtic: Ryan Mullen; Christopher McKenna, Ruaridh McIntyre, Jack McDowall, Andrew Kerr; Paul Kennedy (Joshua Irons), David McKay, Leon Chiwara (Brett McGuire), Joshua Jack (Michael Cunningham), Brody Patterson; Elie N’Goy.
Donegal Schoolboys: Aaron Foy; Jack Parke, Odhran McGuinness, Liam McFadden, Aidan McHugh (Kelan Nelson); Mark Walsh, Liam McFadden, Conor O’Reilly, Darragh Ellison, Ronan Gallagher; Jack Bradley Walsh.