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Foyle Cup: Glentoran juniors celebrating a special trophy hat-trick

By Graham Luney

Glentoran's starlets are basking in the glory of a special hat-trick at the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup tournament.

The Glens Under-12 side smashed in 38 goals on their way to triumphing in the north-west tournament.

This talented Glentoran side have now won at Under-10, Under-11 and now Under-12 level in the last three Foyle Cup campaigns.

But it wasn't only their strikeforce that was on fire as the east Belfast juniors didn't concede a single goal.

A 1-0 win over Donegal Schoolboys at the Brandywell was enough to retain the glittering prize.

Mathew Carson produced the moment of magic as his sublime strike from 25 yards settled the contest.

Luke McGlynn's effort was well saved by Dylan Graham as School Boys pushed for an equaliser. Donegal did have one last chance to draw level in the dying moments but Harry Wilson cleared Niall McCrossan's tame effort with the keeper out of position.

In the Under-19 category Foyle Harps could not secure the title, losing 2-1 to English side Altrincham at Ardmore.

Harry Dulson and Thambani Jambaya fired Altrincham into a 2-0 lead but a deft chip from the edge of the box by Caolan Kearney reduced the deficit.

However, Foyle were reduced to 10 players after Odhran Scarlett was dismissed by referee Michael Connolly for abusive language.

In the Under-14 decider Celtic edged out Derry Colts 1-0 with Kyle Fleming netting the winner.

Celtic were impressive throughout the tournament.

Their back four and the midfield gelled very well together and they proved a difficult team to break down.

When this Celtic team are in need of an outlet the tricky winger, Karamoko Dembele, offers them pace down the left.

Fleming found himself in space at the left side of the penalty and his low drive flew into the bottom corner.

Hearts claimed the under-16 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Donegal School Boys.

Only two minutes from time the post rescued Hearts when Micky Sweeney fired a right foot drive which crashed off the woodwork.

After a 0-0 draw in which Donegal keeper Eoghan Jordan impressed, the Edinburgh side won 4-2 on kicks from the penalty mark.

Connor Smith slotted home the decisive spot-kick.

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