Football/Soccer

Derry City Ladies to face Sion Swifts in Foyle Cup clash

Derry Colts and Castlefinn in action during their Foyle Cup under 14 match played at Thornhill on Wednesday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 
Seamus Crudden

DERRY City face Sion Swifts in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup Ladies section tonight, at Institute’s Riverside Stadium.

The Candystripes ladies had already booked their place in the final, but Swifts defeated Greencastle Ladies 1-0 in winner takes other Section A encounter.

The third day of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup one of the most important days of the week as group matches came to a close in all competitions except under 14 and under 16.

In the under 13 section Oxford, Oliver Plunkett, Maiden City Soccer and Donegal School Boys all qualified for the semi-final of the Foyle Cup by virtue of securing three consecutive victories.

Choosing a winner will prove to be a difficult decision.

The large attendances at the mini soccer continued across all the venues as family members in huge numbers were encouraging the younger players at under age to display their wonderful, expressive skills.

Oxford’s 2-0 victory over Oliver Plunketts seen them top their group and reach the semi finals of the under 13 section.

Some excellent football was played at St Columb’s Park enthralling the large attendance that included the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.

Letterkenny Rovers faced Irish League side Coleraine at Prehen and played out a very sporting 1-1 draw.

The Bannsiders grabbed the lead in the 20th minute. A long ball out of defence was latched onto by Stuart Wallace and his shot found the net after a goalkeeping error. Letterkenny got level after the break with a beautiful right foot strike from Marty Duffy.

Scottish giants Celtic were comfortable 3-0 victors over Carniny in the U14 as they secured their second win on the bounce.

Finn Harps, Derry Colts, Crusaders and Maiden City Academy also have maximum points in the U14 category.

Scottish Premiership out-fit Hearts, secured an impressive 5-0 success over America side Everton America in the U16 category, while Institute seen off Moville Celtic and Willowbank defeated Strabane Athletic and Donegal School Boys made it two victories in a row after beating Ballymoor 1-0.

At the U17 section, Institute came out on top in the all Derry clash, as they defeated Trojans 2-0 thanks to Michael Devine’s brace. There was also a victory for Newbuildings who seen off Willowbank.

 

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