Subway Championship and Plate fixtures 20th/21st January 2018

This weekend sees several regional semi-finals and finals taking place in the SFAI Subway Championship and Plate competitions, while there are also games in the Leinster (U12) and Connacht (U16) competitions.

In Munster, Limerick District and Cork will battle it out for the U15 Munster Championship title, with the game scheduled for University of Limerick on Sunday (January 21st) at 2pm.

Subway Championship fixtures January 20 and 21 2018

Both teams came through their respective groups with two wins and a draw each, while Limerick District overcame West Cork in their semi-final and Cork beat Clare.

Cork will also contest the U16 SFAI Subway Championship regional Final where they will face Waterford, also on Sunday (January 21st), in University of Limerick. Kick-off for that game is 2.30pm.

Cork topped their group with three wins from three, while Waterford finished runners-up to their opponents on Sunday.

In the semi-finals, Cork beat South Tipperary, while Waterford required penalties to see off the challenge of Clare.

In the U15 Munster Plate Final, Waterford will welcome Kerry to the WIT Sports Centre on Sunday (January 21st) with a kick-off time of 2pm.

Having met already this season in the group stages, a game in which Kerry won 2-1, the final looks set to be a competitive clash.

Elsewhere, in Leinster the NDSL and Carlow will do battle in the U15 SFAI Subway Championship regional semi-final on Sunday (January 21st) in the Oscar Traynor Centre at 2:30pm.

In the other game the DDSL will welcome the Midlands to Abbotstown, also on Sunday, with a kick-off time of 12pm.

As always, if you are at any of the above games and have match reports, pictures or videos please send them to us via the SFAI Facebook page.

The fixtures are as follows…

U15 SFAI Subway Championship Leinster semi-final

NDSL v Carlow 1pm – Oscar Traynor Centre (Sunday)

DDSL v Midlands 12pm – Abbotstown (Sunday)

U12 Leinster Group Two

NDSL v NECSL TBC

U12 Munster Group One

Limerick Desmond v Clare 2pm – Rathkeale (Sunday)

U15 SFAI Subway Championship Munster Final

Limerick District v Cork SL 2pm – University Limerick all-weather pitch (Sunday)

U15 SFAI Subway Plate Munster Final

Waterford v Kerry 2pm – Waterford WIT Sports Centre (Sunday)

U16 SFAI Subway Championship Munster Final

Cork v Waterford 2:30pm – University Limerick all-weather-pitch (Sunday)

Connacht U16 SFAI Championship

Mayo v Galway 11:30am – Solar 21 Park (Saturday)

St Kevins Boys see off Belvedere to book place in SFAI Skechers National Cup Regional Final

St Kevin’s Boys will challenge the winners of St Josephs Boys and Home Farm in the DDSL U13 Regional Final of the SFAI Skechers National Cup after they overcame Belvedere on Saturday.

The game saw some superb football from both teams, and highlights of the tie, which were kindly shared by St Kevin’s Boys, have been viewed widely online.

One goal in particular has come in for much admiration, and involves a number of players and passes before the ball is turned in at the back post.

Belvedere also scored a wonderful goal direct from free-kick, but it was only a consolation as St Kevin’s Boys ran out comfortable winners.

They will now await the winners of Joeys and Home Farm, while they will also be in action in the last 32 of the competition in the coming weeks, as will Belvedere.

Lennon strike earns Drogheda first win in SFAI U12 Subway Championship

Goals from Adam Gillespe and Max Lennon earned the Drogheda League U12’s their first win in the SFAI Subway Championship on Saturday when they overcame a resilient Midlands SL team in Drogheda IFE.

Gillespe had the homeside ahead after just three minutes when he found the back of the net from close-range following a scramble in the box.

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Prior to that Shane Cully had already had the first attempt on goal for the Midlands, but Finn Moore stood his ground and saved well.

Ryan Carroll had delivered the assist for that effort, and he was in fine form on Saturday, raiding down the right side, and also delivering well from set-pieces.

After the opening goal Eamon Armstrong went close again for Drogheda, and his impact on the tie would be notable as he weaved his way through tackles and picked out some wonderful passes.

Showing plenty of skill, Armstrong had the eventual winners on the front-foot for much of the opening half, but the Midlands stuck to their game plan and were level before the break.

Carroll again swept the ball in from the right, and Colm Duffy guided his low header to the bottom corner.

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Maciek Bartusiak was another who performed well for Drogheda, and he was aided by the likes of Adam Cadweir and Sam Heaney who both had first half efforts on goal.

Meanwhile, Joe Keogh and Patrick Moloney stood out for the Midlands, and both combined to tee up Carroll who came within inches of sending the visitors in at the break in the lead.

The second half was only a couple of minutes old when the next goal arrived, and it proved to be the winner.

Sam Heeney cut in from the right before picking out Lennon who had peeled off his marker at the back post. He then caught the ball on the half volley, guiding his shot past the goalkeeper.

Duffy replied instantly with an effort for the Midlands, and Chris Lee maintained the visitors’ attacking prowess, while Andy Murphy grew into the tie for Drogheda, and played an integral role in their win.

The best chance of an eqauliser came from the boot of Alex O’Connor when his free-kick bounced back of the post, and minutes later Ajay Cleary forced Finn Moore to punch ball over his crossbar.

As the clock ticked down the Midlands pressed further to level the tie, but Drogheda stayed resolute, and in the final moments Armstrong made a vital block to deny the visitors a point.

Drogheda Manager, Dylan Moore noted the importance of the win having narrowly lost to Wexford last time out, while Mark Egan was happy with the performance of his Midlands team despite the loss.

Both teams will be back in action on the weekend of February 2nd/3rd, with Drogheda hosting the DDSL and the Midlands traveling to Wexford.

Double delight for Donegal in the SFAI Subway Championship

It was double delight for the Donegal Schoolboys League last weekend as both their U12 and u13 sides registered wins in the SFAI Subway Championship.

It was the first time out for both teams in this year’s competition, and it was the perfect start thanks to strong performances.

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For the U12s, it was Conor Kelly’s last-minute goal that sealed the win over Inishowen when they welcomed their local rivals to the Finn Valley Centre.

Meanwhile, for the U13 side, it was a smoother route to victory, with goals aplenty for Conor Meakins’ youngsters.

Also facing Inishowen, the Donegal attackers were in fine form, with Oisin Duffy in particular playing very well and bagged himself a hat-trick.

Donegal opened up an early two-goal lead before Inishowen pulled one back, but further goals ensured the three points were secure.

Also on the scoresheet for Donegal were Max Johnston, Shea Malone and Pauric Hughes, with many others also have strong performances.

Next up for the Donegal U13s is a clash with Sligo/Leitrim at the beginning of next month.

Mayo U13's make it two wins from two in SFAI Subway Championship

Mayo’s U13 side made it two wins from two in the SFAI Subway Championship on Sunday when they overcame a stern test against Roscommon in Solar 21 Park.

Having registered a narrow opening day win against Longford, Mayo came into the tie in confident mood, and the likes of Owen Elding was in fine form, scoring a brace on the day.

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Kieran McGreevy also netted twice on an afternoon when some lovely football was played involving slick passing and potent attacking.

Roscommon, to their credit, stuck to the task against their opponents, and will be learning all of the time while challenging in the SFAI Subway Championship.

However, on Sunday, the attacking of the hoemside was intense, and Kevin Kitterick, Dara Hurley and Tiernan Tighe all got their names on the scoresheet.

Next up for Mayo is a trip to Galway, while Roscommon will host Longford.

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