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Linfield Ladies celebrate clean sweep at Foyle Cup


Linfield Ladies ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams celebrate winning the Girls Under-11 Foyle Cup
Linfield Ladies ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams celebrate winning the Girls Under-11 Foyle Cup
Further joy in the Under-13 section
Further joy in the Under-9 section
So close: Sheffield United’s Dylan Tawodzera can’t get the better of Willow Park goakeeper Cian Norris
Front foot: Sean O’Donnell drives Maiden City forward against Cliftonville

By Jade Lyons

Linfield Ladies celebrated a clean sweep of O'Neills Foyle Cup successes in yesterday's finals.

After three days of competitive football in the Under-9, Under-11 and Under-13 competitions, it was a triple success for the girls from Belfast.

In the Under-13 final, the Blues accounted for Ballymoney Girls 2-0 in a lively and competitive final watched by a very large crowd in Ballymagroarty.

In the Under-9 and Under-11 categories, meanwhile, both finals had been due to see Linfield A take on Linfield B, however the teams very sportingly decided to share the spoils.

Elsewhere, Dundee made light work of Oxford United in their Under-13s encounter.

The Scottish side opened the scoring in their 6-1 victory as early as the first minute when nippy winger Louis Craik broke through on the right before firing past the helpless Oxford keeper.

A shell-shocked local side found themselves five goals down before half time as a rampant Dundee soared to full points.

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Rhys Walker, Reece Kerrigan - from the penalty spot - and a further brace from hat-trick hero Craik ensured they were firmly in control.

Dundee made some changes in the second half but midfielder Walker ran the show with silky skills on the ball and superb long range passing ability.

Minutes into the second period, the home side got a consolation goal when Jake Hutcheon broke through to poke the ball under the advancing keeper.

But with the damage already done, the latter stages saw Dundee miss a penalty before Walker latched on to a defensive error to make it 6-1.

At Wilton Park, meanwhile, County Meath side Willow Park gave a good account of themselves against Sheffield United in their Under-12 clash.

The Blades opened the scoring on 12 minutes, Zack Richards tapping in from six yards, before Joseph Kandere headed in to make it 2-0 before half-time.

The second half saw a much more attacking Willow Park and this paid dividends with a penalty award that was neatly dispatched by Jake Maher.

The Meath team went looking for an equaliser in the closing stages but were caught at the back with United striker Mason Donaldson racing through to seal the result.

In an Under-11 group decider at Bishop's Field, Maiden City saw off Cliftonville to ensure they would join their opponents in qualifying for the knockout phase.

Facing each other with the local side needing victory to secure top spot and the Reds needing just a point, it didn't deter both teams going looking for the win.

Indeed, it was Maiden City keeper James Smallwoods who was the busier of the two stoppers in the first half, pulling off some fine saves, most notably a finger tip over the crossbar from a well hit free kick.

They got the goal they needed in the second-half when good work on the right from Dara McColgan ended with his cross being tapped home from close range by striker Calum McHale.

In the Under-9s competition, Tristar recoded a mixed bag of results.

First up was a hard fought 4-3 win against a determined and physical Sion Swifts, before they found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against table toppers Ballymoney.

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