Subway Championship and Plate success for Mayo, DDSL, Athlone and Cavan/Monaghan

There were huge celebrations in Mullingar over the weekend as the finals of the U12 and U13 SFAI Subway Championship and Plate took place at the home of Mullingar Athletic.

On Saturday, the opening game saw Cavan/Monaghan and Longford battle it out for the U13 SFAI Subway Plate, and a superb performance from the CMUL youngsters saw them run out 2-1 winners.

U12 and U13 SFAI Subway Finals collage 1920052018

Senan Mullen’s free-kick was the talk of the sideline at the break – his wonderful strike sending the eventual winners in at the interval with a 1-0 lead.

CMUL goalkeeper Bonnie McKiernan was another who stood out, proving a very stern opponent for the likes of Longford’s Rasheed Yeboah and Paddy Moran who tested the young net-minder.

The second half was only a couple of minutes old when Cavan/Monaghan then doubled their tally – this time Adam Tierney was the one who forced the ball over line.

Longford did hit back when Josh Kelly finished excellently after a sweeping move, but the day belonged to CMUL.

Next up was the U12 SFAI Subway Plate Final which featured WWEC and Ahtlone, and it was the latter who emerged victorious, eventually winning 2-0.

Those watching on only had to wait a couple of minutes for the opening goal, Brandon Wykes converting after some lovely control in the box.

His first touch perfectly set the ball up for him to fire past Sean Meade, and Athlone held that advantage at half-time.

WWEC, to their credit, battled their way back into the game, with the likes of Evan Geary and Barry Walsh threatening.

However, a real chance at goal only came when Ty Corcoran headed narrowly over the crossbar.

Had the ball crept in perhaps the end result would have been different, but from there Athlone gathered momentum and eventually made it 2-0 when Thomas Farrell squeezed the ball in at the near post.

On Sunday it was the turn of the DDSL, Mayo and Cork in the U12 and U13 SFAI Subway Championship Finals, with DDSL and Mayo up first in the U12 contest.

And what a battle it was, with Mayo scoring two second half goals to clinch the prize.

It was an incredible game, with the DDSL taking the lead through Ryan Kelly when he put the ball over the line at the back post.

Anthony Dodd impressed immensely in the centre for the Dubliners, acting as the pivot for the team to turn defence into attack, but he could only watch on in the second half as Mayo fought back.

Gavin Forry, who picked up the Player of the Match Award, was instrumental in the comeback, while it was Eoin Elding who equalised with a cool finish after good work on the left.

POTM U12 and U13 Subway Finals 20052018

Forry then came to the fore, using his pace and power on the left to force an opening for Thomas Morley to score the all-important winner, sending the Mayo players and fans into huge celebrations.

Having watched that game from the sideline, the DDSL U13 team then faced Cork, and they came away 2-1 winners in a tie that sparked into life when Adam Murphy scored a brilliant header.

Jamie Murphy assisted with a whipped cross form the right, and he was a threat throughout, while Franco Umen tried his best on the flank for Cork.

After the break Murphy bagged his second, turning in the ball in after Kevin Zefi had raided down the right and sent in a teasing cross.

Cork hit back from the penalty spot shortly after that courtesy of Joe O’Brien-Whitmarsh, and they pressed late on but another goal did not come as they lost out to their Dublin rivals for a second year.

North Leinster ready for regional SFAI Skechers Cup Finals

It’s set to be a cracking weekend of football in North Leinster as the regional SFAI Skechers Cup Finals take place in Duleek and the MDL Grounds.

The SFAI Skechers Cup regional competition offers those teams lucky enough to reach the last 32 of the national competition the chance to go up against the top teams in their region.

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Saturday will see three ties played in Duleek, with the homeside competing in two – playing Donacarney Celtic in the U12 final and their U13’s facing Corduff.

Drogheda Town are also hoping to lift some silverware when they take on Bohemians in the U15 regional SFAI Skechers Cup Final.

Sunday will see the action continue in the MDL Grounds, and both games are sure to be worthy of the prize on offer.

Clonee United and Kells Blackwater do battle in the U14 clash, while Quay Celtic and Corduff play in the final tie of the weekend in the U16 competition.

Corduff will be hoping they are also celebrating twice, with their U13 and U16 teams making the final – both teams performed very well in the national competition and rightly take their place in the showpiece event.

The fixtures are as follows…

Saturday May 12th (Three games in Duleek)

U12 Duleek v Donacarney Celtic  10.00am
U13 Corduff v Duleek  11.45am
U15 Bohemians v Drogheda Town  1.30pm

Sunday May 13th (Two games In MDL Grounds, Navan)

U14 Clonee Utd v Kells Blackwater  10.00am
U16 Quay Celtic v Corduff  12.00pm

Cork set up showdown with DDSL in U13 SFAI Subway Championship Final

An intriguing U13 SFAI Subway Championship Final awaits after Cork booked their place in the showpiece event when they overcame Sligo/Leitrim on Saturday in Ballea Park.

The 4-0 victory means Cork will reignite their rivalry with the DDSL, with the two sides battling it out in last year’s U12 final.

Cork U13s v Sligo 05052018

That day it was the Dubliners who emerged from Cahir Park as the winners, but Cork will be looking to reverse that result when they face off later this month.

On Saturday both Eanna Fitzgerald and Mark O’Mahony bagged doubles as the home team established their dominance from early on.

Fitzgerald’s first was a class goal by the Ringmahon Rangers youngster, and that was quickly followed by O’Mahony’s opener. The Carrigaline United player threatened throughout, and is sure to have a real impact in the final.

Both added further goals in the second half, and attentions now quickly turn the big one against the DDSL, with Shane Fox’s team beating Mayo last week in their semi-final.

Forth Celtic clinch regional U13 SFAI Skechers Cup with 2-1 win over Villa

It was celebration time in Wexford on Bank Holiday Monday when Forth Celtic recorded a famous 2-1 win over Villa in the south-east regional final of the SFAI Skechers National Cup.

Played in Curracloe, the finals saw five games take place over two separate days, and on Monday it was the turn of the U13s.

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Indeed, it only took Forth Celtic a matter of seconds to go in front when they scored through Jack McNamara.

Villa, not put off by the early setback, refocused and the likes of Conor Mullan and James Hegarty had to be alert for the eventual winners as they came under pressure.

However, shortly after the restart Villa did hit back, pouncing on a loose ball to draw the south-east regional U13 SFAI Skechers Cup Final level.

Dan McGrath had already shown his threat for Forth before he grabbed the winner, which came just 30 seconds from time.

A left-footed strike nestled in the bottom corner, sparking huge celebrations.

The celebrations continued after the final whistle too, with the travelling support giving the winning team the plaudits they deserved.

Double joy for Evergreen as U12 and U16 sides claim regional SFAI Skechers National Cups

There was double joy for Evergreen FC on Saturday when both their U12 and U16 sides claimed south-east regional SFAI Skechers National Cups.

The finals were held in the superb surroundings of Curracloe United, and the glorious weather made for an excellent event.

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In the U12 competition, Evergreen faced fellow Kilkenny side Thomastown United, and they were ahead with 14 minutes on the clock when Regan Downey struck.

United went on to equalise towards the end of the opening half, but Evergreen reclaimed the lead when Brian Moore hit the back of the net.

Moore was a constant threat throughout, and he bagged a second after 56 minutes, cementing Evergeen’s victory.

Later on it was the turn of the U16s and North End United were the opponents for Evergeen this time.

In what was a tight but thrilling affair, extra-time was required to separate the two teams, with the game ending 1-1 after normal time.

Moses scored for the opener for the eventual winners, but North End equalised, and in additional time Mikey Clifford was to be the hero, bagging a crucial winner.

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