Belfast Telegraph

Feast of goals has Glentoran out in front during Foyle Cup

By Brendan Hagan

Glentoran were top qualifiers in the Under-13 section after beating the NW Schools League 5-1 and their reward is a quarter-final against a section runner-up, Brendan Keogh Youth League.

Sheffield United guaranteed a quarter-final place with a well deserved 3-1 win over Lisburn Youth and now face St Oliver Plunkett of Belfast in the last eight.

The Under-10 mini soccer has reached the knockout stages.

Top four qualifiers were Don Boscos, Glentoran Colts, Letterkenny Rovers and Oxford Sunnyside, meaning these sides have been seeded in the last 16.

At Under-11, surprise of the group stages saw Carniny Youth top their section ahead of Hearts and they are seeded along with Derry Colts 'B', Coleraine and Ballinamallard.

In the 11-a-side games, a quick start at Oakland saw Cavan/Monaghan YL take the lead after just five minutes in the group game against Coleraine in the Under-12's.

And it was Aaoran McCabe that got on the score sheet for the team in all orange. The striker wriggled his way through the defence and fired a low shot just beyond of the keeper's reach.

Coleraine were caught cold and found they were chasing the game early on. Their chances in the first fifteen minutes were limited to long free kicks but there was no end product.

Cavan/Monaghan still threatened though and got their second with ten minutes left in the half.

Aaoran Heaslip this time striking a free kick from 30 yards out, looping it over the keeper and putting his side two goals up.

Coleraine started to put up a bit more of a fight in the second half. They were tighter at the back and won more 50-50 challenges in the middle of the park.

Cavan/Monaghan still threatened however and David Talbot looked bright on the right hand side. Delany McLaughlin showed a spark or two up front for Coleraine but he was crowded out by a solid defence.

With 10 minutes to go Cavan/Monaghan were still dominating and they won a penalty after a tussle in the box from a previous set piece.

Mark Melvin stepped up but Coleraine keeper Richard Purcel guessed the right way to deny him. It finished up 2-0 at Oakland with an impressive Cavan/Monaghan side taking away the points.

Other notable results saw Hearts defeat Carniny, Kilmacrennan defeat Maiden City and Sion Swifts defeat Donegal neighbours Drumkeen United.

The group stages conclude today at Under-12 level. Dungannon beat Shankill to extend their unbeaten run for this squad at the Foyle Cup to 14 games over three years.

In the second round of games Derry Select took on English high flyers Norwich City in the Under-15 section. And it was the Canaries that started the stronger, having a couple of chances in the opening minutes. Just ten minutes in however Norwich did take the lead, Rui Da Costa finishing off after a slick move from the premier league club.

It was soon 2-0 though as the Norwich boys showed their class. Alan Fleming received the ball with his back to goal outside the box, turned beautifully and smashed the ball across the keeper into the top left hand corner.

With eight minutes left Joshua McCammon was in the right place at the right time to slot home past the keeper after a deflected shot fell to him just outside the six yard box.

Norwich continued to press in the final minutes and secured the 3-0 victory.

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