Belfast Telegraph

Dungannon are spot on as Glens also clinch glory


By Robert Jones

Dungannon United are the Foyle Cup under-11 champions after they saw off Glentoran Academy in a tense 5-4 penalty shootout victory yesterday.

The two sides played out a 0-0 draw, leading to the dreaded penalty deciders, with Dungannon holding their nerve to secure the title over their rivals.

Glentoran did record some success, however, as their under-13s took their trophy with a resounding 5-0 win over American side GPS FC Bayern in the final.

Elsewhere, the under-19 and under-17 finals saw Donegal's Kildrum and local rivals Derry City emerge victorious.

Both teams were 1-0 winners in their respective finals, Kildrum seeing off Norwich City and Derry dispatching another local side in Inishowen.

Sean Brennan was the difference between Kildrum and Norwich, his spectacular 10th minute free-kick curling in from 25 yards.

The English side, for their part, will feel aggrieved as they controlled large parts of the game and hit the crossbar twice.

But Kildrum manager Shane McGinty will care little about those chances by the final whistle as Kildrum held on to take the under-19 crown.

Meanwhile, the Candystripes overcame Inishowen in an end-to-end encounter, with midfielder Cian McGarvey settling it with an excellent 30 yard strike in the second half.

Inishowen had the best early chance, Finn McLaughlin's diving header from a corner sailed just wide of the upright before Brendan Doherty launching a shot that beat goalkeeper Daniel Houghton but flew over the crossbar.

Derry's response saw striker Aaron McGarrigle go by his marker before launching a fierce shot narrowly over the crossbar before McGarvey settled it.

A clearance fell to Derry's Cian McGarvey on the right and he pushed the ball to the side of the defender before launching a superb shot that beat goalkeeper Pauric O'Donnell.

From there Derry were the only side who were going to emerge victorious, coming close on a number of occasions late on, as they eased home as under-17 Foyle Cup champions.

With the tournament continuing into the weekend there were several last four ties played yesterday, and in the under 12 semi-final, Sheffield United easily saw off local hopefuls Derry Colts 5-1.

The Blades will now face another local north west team, Bearty Peacocks Youth, who are hoping to become home champions in the final at Ardmore.

The Peacocks maintained their high standard of performance to make the final with a dominant 6-0 victory over Inishowen Youth.

Friday's semi-finals in the under-16 Cup and under-14 Rose Bowl saw two American sides perform spectacularly as First Choice Soccer and Tampa Bay Rowdies overcome local teams Oxford United and Finn Harps respectively.

In the under-16 Cup, Oxford were unfortunate losers to First Choice Soccer in a penalty shootout, while Finn Harps were well beaten 3-0 by Tampa. 

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