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Foyle Cup: Derry sides dominate as U16s lift the trophy

By Brendan Hagan

After over 700 games of football this week with teams scoring hundreds of goals, the 2015 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup has finished.

The week of youth football had everything - excellent games, great team performances and some shocks along the way.

Donegal Schoolboys again performed well, reaching the U12 and U14 finals but couldn't lift the coveted cup this year in any category. Scottish giants Celtic FC took the U14 section title while Sligo/Leitrim Youth League won the U12 Cup in dramatic fashion on penalties.

Aside from that, Derry sides dominated. The Colts lifted the U16 trophy on Saturday afternoon and Friday night saw Derry City take the U17 and U19 titles back to the Maiden City. The City, as always, was buzzing with local and international youth footballers and hotels and restaurants were full every night with those that were there to cheer on their teams and be entertained by the daily feast of football.

The local boys showed just why there were professional scouts at this tournament as they displayed the talent Irish teams have to offer. The Sligo/Leitrim boys were very impressive throughout the week, winning all three group games.

The U16 tournament was another great spectacle through the week. With tight groups seeing the local sides emerge, the competition got tough as it reached the business end.

FDS Suomi, the Finnish side made an impressive debut in the tournament but were swept aside at the semi-final stage by an impressive Derry Colts.

This set up a mouth-watering final clash between Derry and Donegal rivals but the game was cagey and didn't quite live up to its billing. The Colts went into the game as slight favourites but neither of the teams stood out in a tight affair. It took a special strike to win the game and take home the cup and it came from Nathan McEniff for the Colts, his low driven shot was enough to see off Inishowen and claim victory.

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