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Glentoran and Linfield starlets taste double joy in finals day to cherish

By Stuart McKinley

Published 03/05/2016

Teenage dreams: the under-15s from Glentoran enjoy their win over Crusaders in the NIBFA Cup final
Teenage dreams: the under-15s from Glentoran enjoy their win over Crusaders in the NIBFA Cup final
Smile for the camera: Glentoran's under-12 celebrate their NIBFA Cup final win over Portadown Youth

Glentoran celebrated a double as both their under-12s and under-15s marched off with silverware at the Northern Ireland Boys' FA finals day.

The under-12s beat Portadown Youth 2-0, with Matthew Carson providing the finish to a fine end-to-end move before he provided the cross for Callum Marshall to head home the second.

The under-15s followed that up by beating Crusaders by the same scoreline.

Ben Cushie netted the rebound after Crickey Conn saw his shot come off the post in the first half and Mal Smyth doubled the lead towards the end of the game.

Their Big Two rivals Linfield weren't to be outdone as they too lifted a pair of trophies.

The Blues under-11s won the 9-a-side Cup, thanks to a 2-1 win over Carrick Rangers and the under-14s did the same, defeating Portadown.

Dungannon United Youth were the biggest winners of the day when they beat Ridgeway Rovers 4-0 in the under-13 decider.

Tom Mathieson took the man-of-the-match award after he bagged a brace in Crusaders' 3-2 win over Linfield in the under-17 final.

RESULTS: Under-11 Plate: Ballymena United 3 Tristar Boys 2, Under-11 Cup: Linfield 2 Carrick Rangers 1, Under-12 Plate (9-a-side): Warrenpoint Town 3 Castle Juniors Colts 0, Under-12 Cup (9-a-side): Ballymoor 1 Lisburn Youth 1 (Ballymoor won on penalties), Under-12 Cup (11-a-side): Glentoran 2 Portadown Youth 0, Under-13 Cup: Dungannon United Youth 4 Ridgeway Rovers 0, Under-14 Cup: Linfield 2 Portadown Youth 1, Under-15 Cup: Glentoran 2 Crusaders 0, Under-17 Cup: Crusaders 3 Linfield 2.

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