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Foyle Cup: Brave Coleraine unable to tame hungry Wolves


Stuck in: Coleraine’s Bobby-Jack McAleese gets in a telling tackle on Wolves ace Nigel Agboola
Stuck in: Coleraine’s Bobby-Jack McAleese gets in a telling tackle on Wolves ace Nigel Agboola
Northend United defender Clodagh Maguire clears her lines against Oxford United
Action from Crusaders against Derry in the Under-11 girls section

By Jade Lyons

English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers' Under-14s cruised past Coleraine 5-0 on the second day of the O'Neills Foyle Cup.

The young Bannsiders put up a stern fight in the first 15 minutes and could have gone ahead when a 30-yard free-kick from centre-back Jack Elliott beat the Wolves goalkeeper, but it came back off the crossbar and was cleared.

But Wolves were just too strong for the Bannsiders, and after Suleman Khan broke the deadlock on 21 minutes - he tapped in from a low cross from the right - the writing was on the wall for the local team.

Filozofe Mabete headed home from close-range following a corner to move Wolves 2-0 ahead at the break.

And the second half was no better for the Bannsiders as an early goal from Wolves' Usman Khan made it three.

The winger went on a mazy run and cut inside before slotting under the advancing Coleraine goalkeeper.

The English side could even afford to miss a penalty before a neat free-kick from Mason Rees made it 4-0.

Coleraine's heads went down after that and an error from full-back Dylan Johnston allowed Wolves striker Nathan Fraser to get in and wrap things up for the English side.

Winners on a 5-0 scoreline, this Wolves team may well go a long way in this year's competition.

Elsewhere, Derry and Crusaders' Under-11 girls served up an entertaining draw in the blistering heat at the Brandywell.

Both sides showed some fantastic skills throughout, with the two captains - the Crues' Lily Horner and Derry's Ava McConnell - having their own personal battle in midfield.

The best chances in the first period fell to Crusaders, but the Derry goalkeeper had a major role in keeping the score at 0-0.

It was the Belfast side that opened the scoring in the second half, a long-range Emma Brown shot finding the top corner.

The Derry girls were not going to be outdone and drew level within four minutes.

Ellen McDermott broke through and pushed the ball under the advancing Crues keeper.

So, after an excellent display from both teams, they had to settle for a share of the spoils in a great advertisement for ladies' football.

Meanwhile, Oxford United Under-12s followed on from their emphatic 10-0 victory over Eglinton Eagles on Monday with a 7-0 drubbing of Ballymena side Northend United at a sunny but windy Leafair Park.

The English side were in control from the first whistle and went into an early lead when Jack Doherty beat the keeper with a stunning 20-yard strike.

Further first-half goals in the 10th, 18th, 21st and 45th minutes saw Oxford go in at half-time with a 5-0 lead, the best of which was a 25-yard free-kick from Joshua Johnston which gave the Northend netminder no chance.

The second period saw a bit more pressing from Northend but it was Oxford who pulled out another two goals.

Oxford midfielders Johnson and Doherty really caught the eye with impressive displays, while up front Jack Lynch and Kyle Riddle shone.

Northend also had their star performer, with full-back Clodagh Maguire holding her own against the Oxford attack.

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