It was a weekend to remember in Mullingar as the U15 and U16 SFAI Subway Championship and Plate Finals took place on Saturday and Sunday.

Hosted by Mullingar Athletic, who went to great lengths to ensure proceedings ran without a hitch, the two Championship Finals were played on Saturday, while the first ever SFAI Subway Plate Finals were held on Sunday.

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The opening game saw Sligo/Leitrim face a much-fancied Cork Schoolboys team, and it was the youngsters from the west who clinched the title.

Josh Mulrennan’s penalty on 55 minutes was the difference in a game that was full of quality, although chances were at a premium throughout.

Cork had the early openings, with both Lee Obi Kelly and Cian O’Flaherty stinging the hands of Jamie McCoy in the Sligo/Leitrim goal.

The eventual winners soon found their rhythm, however, and Mulrennan along with the likes of Luke Moran and Kenneth Ogun all impressed.

Ogun’s pace in particular was something Cork had to careful of, and his strike at the end of the opening half went just inches over the crossbar.

The second period was another which saw Sligo/Leitrim create, and when Michael Lavin was hauled down in the penalty box with 15 minutes to play, Mulrennan made no mistake from the penalty spot.

The next game saw two schoolboy league heavyweights face off, with Cork and the DDSL battling it out for the U16 SFAI Subway Championship title.

The game itself was one of very fine margins, but, ultimately, it was Rob Geaney-O’Brien’s goal which was the difference.

James O’Leary chipped pass was controlled brilliantly by the young striker, and he composed himself before sticking the ball through the legs of Nathan Fields.

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Cork had already missed a penalty by that stage, with Fields saving well, and the DDSL pushed to equalise late on, but Cork held firm to lift the cup.

On Sunday Kilkenny and Mayo became the first two sides to win the SFAI Subway Plate competition.

In the U16 final Mikey Clifford’s goal after 10 minutes saw Denis Hynes’ team overcome Mayo.

Having scored plenty of goals on their way to the final Kilkenny started well and when Clifford got a sight of goal he made no mistake with a cool finish.

Sean Niland had a chance to level proceedings but he was denied by Vincent O’Grady.

In the second half Sam Walsh broke the Kilkenny defence, but Niland was off his line quick to smother the ball, and the eventual winners went on to create several chances in the final period.

Jackson Oyo, Fred Odera and Clifford all went close before the final whistle ignited huge celebrations.

In the U15 SFAI Subway Plate Final the Midlands had home advantage, and they put in a stellar performance, but lost in the penalty shoot-out after the tie ended 0-0 after extra-time

Up against a Mayo side who showed plenty of talent, the first half was one which was fiercely contested in all areas of the pitch.

Ronan Bergin of the Midlands had the best early chance, skewing a shot narrowly wide, while James Delaney was also denied by John Vahey in the Mayo goal.

The likes of Tom O’Flaherty in the middle of the park, and Jake Daly, Jamie Johsnton and Jack Casey all impressed for Mayo who battled throughout.

The second half saw the winners grow into the tie, but neither team could find a goal that would seal the win.

It was left to penalties, and Vahey was the hero, saving twice to help his team lift the U15 SFAI Subway Plate.

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