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Dungannon celebrate Cup triumph as local sides take spoils in Derry

By Adam McKendry

Published 23/07/2016

Winning formula: The Glentoran Under-12 squad celebrate their semi-final victory over Ballinamallard United in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup yesterday
Winning formula: The Glentoran Under-12 squad celebrate their semi-final victory over Ballinamallard United in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup yesterday

Dungannon United headlined the local interest in yesterday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup action as they secured the Under-11s Cup with a 1-0 win over Tristar in the final.

It caps off a fine tournament for United, who didn't concede a goal in their run to the title and won all eight of their matches.

They were also commended for their style of play on the field, as well as their courteous and well-behaved manner off it.

Elsewhere Oxford United Colts won the Shield in the Under-9 section after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Hillsborough Boys Colts in the final.

Donegal Schoolboys had a very successful day as well, as their Under-13s and Under-15s both won their respective cup finals.

The Under-13s were 2-0 winners over Oxford United, while the Under-15s recorded a 4-0 victory against Tristar to secure their second piece of silverware.

In the Under-17 section, there was joy for Derry City as they took the cup with a 3-0 win over Trojans, however Foyle Harps could not secure the Under-19 title, losing 2-1 to English side Altrincham.

Today there is further local interest across several finals with Derry Colts' Under-14 side contesting the final against Brendan Rodgers' Celtic at the Brandywell Stadium in Derry.

Meanwhile, Glentoran continued their fine run at the Foyle Cup as the Under-10s wrapped up their first trophy of the tournament, after emerging victorious from an enthralling final against Sion Swifts.

The Glens triumphed 3-1, however the match was a lot closer than the scoreline actually suggests, and the Swifts will not be downhearted by their performance against one of the competition's better sides.

Glentoran's Under-12s will also be in a final after they defeated fellow Danske Bank Premiership side Ballinamallard United 2-0 in their semi-final yesterday.

It marks yet another Foyle Cup where the Belfast side have been ruthlessly dominant and they now have the chance to make it three titles on the trot in today's final.

It was, on paper, a very closely-matched contest with both sides coming into the game in excellent form, however the superior skill of the Glens shone through as they turned what could have been a banana skin tie into a straightforward win.

From the start the Glentoran team looked more composed and in control and, in front of a big crowd at Lisnagelvin, they set about their task with efficiency.

Charlie Lindsay was in excellent form for the two-time champions, who will now face Donegal Schoolboys in today's showpiece which will be held at the Brandywell at 1pm.

The Schoolboys will fancy their chances though, and will want to take Glentoran on at their own attacking game having scored 24 goals throughout the tournament, with 12 coming in their last two games.

They were convincing 6-0 victors over Ballymena United in their semi-final, with the Sky Blues blown away by their opponents' attacking ability.

Belfast Telegraph

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