Glentoran kids turn on the style at Foyle Cup
Published 26/07/2014 | 11:00
Glentoran's under-10s took the first silverware on the last full day of action at the Foyle Cup.
And they have set a high standard for those chasing glory in the remaining finals today as they produced a stunning performance in strolling past Bertie Peacock Youths in the decider.
The young Glens scored five times in a pulsating first half and went on to secure an impressive 9-1 victory, with striker Callum Marshall scoring SIX times.
There was a huge crowd at Leafair Park and they were treated to a goal-fest.
Glentoran looked well organised and their passing was slick in the opening minutes. Marshall got on the end of a great passing move to smash his team into a 1-0 lead. Harry Wilson was fouled in the box and he got up to take the resulting penalty himself to make it 2-0, with just seven minutes gone.
From there Glentoran dominated and showed their class as two quick counter attacks saw Marshall complete his hat- trick in super fashion.
Marshall got his fourth after Charlie Lindsay broke away at pace and he squared the ball to him to make it 5-0.
His hot streak continued in the second half when he left his man for dead and curled his shot round the keeper for his fifth and Glentoran's sixth of the game.
Bertie Peacock then got a consolation goal with a great strike from halfway by Corey Jamison to beat the keeper which squeezed in at the right hand post.
It was much too late to have any overall impact and Glentoran pressed home their advantage when Wilson scored his second of the game from close range, weaving his way through and finishing accurately.
Marshall hit his sixth and Joe Hopes rounded off the scoring for the Glens to win the Foyle Cup title in extraordinary fashion.
Sion Swifts beat Tristar to win the Plate competition.
In the under-11 final, Letterkenny Rovers won 4-2 on penalties after a tense 0-0 draw with Peamount United from Dublin.
Donegal Schoolboys will be chasing a quadruple in today's finals, as they will contest the under-12, under-13, under-14 and under-16 deciders.
The under-14s were particularly impressive in the semi-finals as they recorded a memorable victory over Celtic at the Brandywell.
The Hoops were big favourites, but former Foyle Cup winners Donegal were on an impressive run and hadn't conceded a goal in the group stages.
Celtic looked dangerous early on, but midway through the first half Donegal took the upper hand.
James Carolan was the man with the decisive touch, the number 10 battling his way past a couple of challenges in the box to pick his spot and, even though he was unbalanced with the goalkeeper approaching at speed, he managed to slide the ball beyond Joshua Rae.
That was enough to win them the game and Donegal will now play Glentoran in the final at Brandywell this afternoon.
The under-12s made it into the final with a penalty shoot-out triumph over Derry Colts and they will play Cavan/Monaghan Youth.
The under-13s meet Sheffield United and the under-16s face Cliftonville.