Glentoran begin hunt for Foyle Cup hat-trick in style
The Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup got under way yesterday with defending Under-12 champions Glentoran signalling their early intentions with an opening victory.
The Belfast side were 7-0 winners against local Derry outfit Ballymoor and look to be tough opponents for any team as they seek to claim the Under-12 title for the third successive year.
The Glens were only a goal ahead at the break, but their breathtaking second-half performance made the scoreline a lot more comfortable.
Charlie Lindsay scored twice for Glentoran as their superiority showed, with the champions scoring all six of their second-half goals in the space of 12 minutes.
Barclays Premier League side Norwich City were also winners on the first day of the tournament after their Under-15 team defeated the League of Ireland's Finn Harps.
It was a tightly contested match between two even teams, but eventually the English side came away with all three points after Tyrese Omotoye scored the only goal of the game just before the half-time interval to give them a 1-0 win.
Elsewhere, American entrants Lansdowne Bhoys Under-11s were held to two 0-0 draws against Foyle Harps and Oliver Plunkett Colts, while Everton America's Under-16 side get their campaign under way today.
Celtic Under-14s also begin their tournament today as they take on local opponents in Donegal Schoolboys with the game taking place in Derry.
It is the first time that Celtic have sent a side over to the tournament, no doubt influenced by the arrival of Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers, who himself played in the Foyle Cup when he was a youngster with Derry & District Youth FS.
Finnish side FD Suomi are also playing their first match in Kildrum today against Letterkenny Rovers.
The tournament continues this week across the Derry and Strabane area with some games also being hosted in Donegal to cover the record number of entries this year.
A total of 278 teams are in attendance at this year's event, the most there has ever been, meaning there are over 1,200 games being played at the tournament in the space of a week.
For all the latest fixtures and results you can download the Foyle Cup app or you can visit www.foylecup.com.