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Foyle Cup: Glentoran slice through Sheffield United to inch closer to third successive trophy

By Adam McKendry

Published 22/07/2016

The Top of the Hill Youth and Community FC pictured before Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup Parade at Magee College, with some of the local referees in this year's competition.
The Top of the Hill Youth and Community FC pictured before Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup Parade at Magee College, with some of the local referees in this year's competition.
SEA OF COLOUR!. . . .The 2016 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade makes its way down Great James Street, Derry on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Foyle Cup organiser Michael Hutton heaps praise on the huge attendance in Guildhall Square on Tuesday for the opening of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup 2016.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman HIlary McClintock addresses the huge attendance at Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup opening parade in Guildhall Square, Derry.
SEA OF COLOUR!. . . .The 2016 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade makes its way in the Northland Road, Derry on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Young ladies from the Foyle Belles make their way down Northland Road during Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade.
A section of this year's referees pictured during Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade in the city.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman HIlary McClintock pictured with Michael Hutton, organiser, Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup and Dr. Brian Burns, Vice President, Seagate (Springtown Operations), one of the sponsors at Tuesday's opening parade in Guildhall Square, Derry.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock pictured with Michael Hutton, organiser, Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup and Kim Hetherington, Acting Branch Manager, Hughes Insurance, Derry. Included are Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup representatives an some young local footballers who will take part in this year's tournament.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman HIlary McClintock pictured with Michael Hutton, organiser, Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup and Kim Hetherington, Acting Branch Manager, Hughes Insurance, Derry.
The scene in Guildhall Square, Derry on Tuesday afternoon for the opening speeches of the 2016 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
A section of the young footballers listen to the opening speeches at Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup opening parade in Guildhall Square, Derry.
The massive sea of colour in Guildhall Square on Tuesday afternoon as the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade descended.
Local Foyle Cup referee Martin Dunne pictured with the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup emblem and Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock and Councillor Jim McKeever as Tuesday's parade made its way into Guildhall Square.
Some of the young footballers from Oxford United Stars pictured during Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade in Derry.
Some of the young ladies taking part in Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade as it made its way down Northland Road.
The Moville Celtic squad pictured at Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade in Magee.
Three teams from the local Clooney Soccer School pictured before taking part in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade on Tuesday.
The massive local representation from Tristar FC pictured at Magee on Tuesday for the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade.
Newtownards and District Under-12s pictured before Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade at Magee College.
The Ballymoney FC team pictured before Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup parade through the city.
Glasgow Celtic - 1-0 winners over Donegal Schoolboys at Brooke Park in Tuesday night's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash. FC02-T2-10 (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
SAFE HANDS. . . .Celtic netminder Joshua Bradley-Hurst comes off his line late in the game to collect this dangerous cross in their 1-0 victory over Donegal Schoolboys at Brooke Park in Tuesday night's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash. FC02-T2-09 (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
CELTIC DELIGHT!. . . .Glasgow Celtic players celebrate after their opening goal against Donegal Schoolboys in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup at Brooke Park, Derry on Tuesday evening. FC02-T2-08
GOAL!. . . . Celtic's No. 7 Owen Moffatt turns away in delight as Donegal's goalkeeper Adrian McLaughlin tries in vain to save his 25 yards free kick on Tuesday night in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. FC02-T2-07
Finn McRobb (Celtic) and Carlos O'Reilly (Donegal) in an aerial challenge for the ball during Tuesday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game. FC02-T2-06
A section of the excellent turnout at Brooke Park on Tuesday evening for the Celtic v. Donegal under-14 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game. FC02-T2-05
Donegal Schoolboys get in a team talk during a water break at Brooke Park on Tuesday in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. C02-T2-04
Celtic's Owen Moffatt and Donegal's Conor Black in an aerial tussle for possession during Tuesday evening's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game at Brooke Park, Derry. C02-T2-03
Donegal Schoolboys' Kieran Tobin gets in a telling tackle on Celtic's Karomoko Dembele during Tuesday evening's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game at Brooke Park, Derry. FC02-T2-02
Celtic's diminutive winger Owen Moffatt attempts to get past Donegal Schoolboys' Kieran Tobin during Tuesday evening's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game at Brooke Park, Derry. FC02-T2-01
Arklow Town FC players and officials celebrate victory over Foyle Harps in the under-13 section of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup on Thursday afternoon at Lisnagelvin, Derry. FC. FC04-M1-12
Bobby Bradley, Foyle Harps centre back gets in a telling challenge on Arklow's Kyle Nolan to prevent him getting a shot on goal, during the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash at Lisnagelvin on Thursday afternoon. FC. FC04-M1-11
Sarah Dyas, referee's assistant who was on the line during Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup u-13 clash at Lisnagelvin between Foyle Harps and Arklow Town FC. FC04-M1-10
Arklow Town goalkeeper Declan Byrne Gets up well to push this long range effort over the crossbar during the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash at Lisnagelvin on Thursday afternoon against Foyle Harps. FC04-M1-09
Foyle Harps striker Tieran McKinney is eagerly pursued by Arklow Town's Jordan O'Neill during Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash at Lisnagelvin. FC04-M1-08
Arklow Town goalkeeper Declan Byrne manages to get a fingertip clearance as Foyle Harps duo Keelan Doherty and Corey McLaughlin bear in on goals during the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash at Lisnagelvin on Thursday afternoon. FC04-M1-07
FEMALE OFFICIALS. . . .Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup Press Officer Dermot Liddy pictured with the officials at Thursday's game between Foyle Harps and Arklow Town FC which included two ladies. From left are Sarah Dyas, Megan Power and Omesh Debipersad. FC04-M1-06
Arklow Town's Kyle Nolan and Foyle Harps Aaron McLaughlin in a midfield battle for possession during Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game at Lisnagelvin, Derry. FC04-M1-05
Foyle Harps goalkeeper Paul Ferry gets in a timely tackle during Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game against Arklow Town FC at Lisnagelvin, Derry. FC04-M1-04
Foyle Harps defender Aaron McLaughlin remonstrates with his defence as two Arklow players celebrate the opening score in Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game at Lisnagelvin, Derry. FC04-M1-03
Foyle Harps defenders Aaron McLaughlin and Shea McGrath attempt to thwart Arklow Town's Leigh Hannigan from breaking through during Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game at Lisnagelvin, Derry. FC04-M1-02
Foyle Harps goalkeeper Paul Ferry watches anxiously as this lobbed shot veers wide of the upright in the early stages of Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup game against Arklow Town FC at Lisnagelvin, Derry. FC04-M1-01
Donegal Schoolboys u-14 squad celebrate after their 1-0 victory over Carniney Youths at Leafair Park, Derry in Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. FC04-M2-08
Carniney Youths full back Ben Gray manages to thwart this attack for a throw-in against Donegal Schoolboys in Thursday's u-14 Hughes Insurance Boyle Cup clash at a rainswept Leafair, Derry. FC04-M2-07
Carniney Youths goalkeeper Daniel McNicholl punchs clear to safety against Donegal Schoolboys in Thursday's u-14 Hughes Insurance Boyle Cup clash at Leafair, Derry. FC04-M2-06
Donegal Youths centre backs Stephen Black and Matthew McLaughlin rise high to direct this corner on goal against Carniney Youths at Leafair Park, Derry in Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. FC04-M2-05
Donegal's Finian O'Donnell shows some neat footwork as three Carniney Youths defenders close in during Thursday's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash. FC04-M2-04
Donegal's Ronan McKinley lets fly with a 20 yard strike against Carniney Youths at Leafair on Thursday in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup clash. FC04-M2-03
Carniney Youths goalkeeper Daniel McNicholl keeps a close eye on this shot as it veers just wide of the upright, against Donegal Schoolboys in Thursday's u-14 Hughes Insurance Boyle Cup clash at Leafair, Derry. FC04-M2-02
Donegal Schoolboys Gerard Duffy sprints past his marker in Thursday's u-14 Hughes Insurance Boyle Cup clash against Carniney Youths at Leafair, Derry. FC04-M2-01

Glentoran Under-12s are on track for their third successive title after they reached the semi-finals of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup yesterday.

The Glens defeated English side Sheffield United 3-0 in yesterday’s quarter-final clash to set-up a last four tie with fellow Danske Bank Premiership side Ballinamallard United.

The Mallards were 2-1 winners over Glenavon in their quarter-final, but will face vastly superior opposition in their Northern Irish counterparts in the semis.

The Glens, who eased through their group winning all three games, scoring 32 goals and conceding none, found life easy against their English opponents.

It means Glentoran are still to concede a goal in this year’s tournament, however they will face their sternest test yet when they come up against the unbeaten Ballinamallard in today’s semi-final at Lisnaglevin.

The winner of that match will take on either Donegal Schoolboys or Ballymena United in tomorrow’s final at the Brandywell, with their semi-final also taking place in Lisnaglevin at the same time.

Donegal will fancy their chances against the Sky Blues having won all of their games so far, however the Ballymena men will be buoyed by their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Derry Colts yesterday.

Elsewhere, Celtic have made it through to the semi-finals of the Under-14 section after their 3-1 win over Inishowen at Greencastle.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will be joined in the last four by Derry Colts, Finn Harps and Crusaders, who reached the knockouts due to their superior goal difference over Coleraine.

Donegal Schoolboys picked up an important three points to reach the semi-finals of the Under-14 Plate as they defeated Carniny Youth 1-0 at Leafair.

Jon Clifford's Tristar Boy's football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Jon Clifford's Tristar Boy's football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Jon Clifford's Tristar Boy's football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Friendly rivalaries renewed as football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16
Football teams arrive in Guildhall Square in Derry-Londonderry after a city centre parade at the start of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup. The annual tournament will see 2000 players from 310 teams playing over 1000 games across the North West. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.07.16

Although the result suggests a tight affair, in truth it was anything but with the Donegal men dominating the game, sealing the victory through a Jake Murphy strike.

In the Under-13 Shield, Arklow Town recorded an impressive 3-1 semi-final win over Foyle Harps to set up an intriguing final against Finn Harps today.

Arklow were the better side to start the match and Leigh Hannigan opened the scoring for them with a brilliant turn and finish after 15 minutes.

Just before the break, Arklow doubled their advantage when Kyle Nolan hammered a shot from 25 yards that nestled in the top corner of the goal.

Foyle were doing themselves no favours and found themselves 3-0 down when Joe McGeary managed to score after the Harps defence failed to clear the ball.

They did manage to pull a goal back through centre forward Tiarnan McKinney late on, but it’s Arklow who will meet Finn Harps in the final after their 7-0 win over Ballymoney Youth.

Sion Swifts wrapped up the first trophy of the Foyle Cup after they defeated Derry City 1-0 in the Ladies Final.

Chloe McGlade scored the only goal of the game to seal the victory for the Swifts.

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