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

By Adam McKendry

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.

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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