The Cork Schoolboys League were celebrating double success in the Munster SFAI Subway Championship Finals on Sunday when they lifted both the U12 and U13 trophies in Charleville AFC.

In front of a bumper crowd, Cork’s U12 team came out on the right side of 2-1 scoreline against Waterford, while their U13 outfit overcame Limerick District, eventually running out 4-1 winners.

Cork U12 and U13 teams Munster final collage

The victories now see Cork progress to the National semi-finals of the SFAI Subway Championship, with the U12 team facing the DDSL and the U13 squad taking on Sligo-Leitrim.

For the Cork U12’s against Waterford there was a need to dig deep to emerge victorious after their opponents took the lead early on through David Leavey.

He headed in Jay Bagge’s corner-kick at the near post after stealing a yard on his marker.

It was a quality header, and Waterford were very good in the first half, with the likes of Eoin Hogan and Daniel Goff impressing, while Romeo Akachakwu was always lively in the middle of the park.

Cork took some time to find their attacking rhythm, but just a minute into the second half they were level thanks to Oran Ross.

He stole in at the back post to fire the bouncing ball into the back of the net, and from there Cork improved further in the attacking stakes.

However, they had to wait until the final minutes of the tie to clinch victory. This time it was Dara McCormick who was the hero when his powerful shot from distance slipped through the hands of the Waterford net-minder.

Meanwhile, the Cork U13 team were ahead early on in their Munster SFAI Subway Championship final with Limerick District when Joe O’Brien netted from the penalty spot.

Franco Umeh was the one fouled in the box, and he was devastating at times on the left for the eventual winners, showing real pace and skill in attack.

That being said, District had plenty of quality themselves, and when a lofted ball forward landed at the feet of Donnacha O’Leary, he was able to guide it in past the onrushing goalkeeper.

At the beginning of the second half the Limerick side had a huge call for a penalty waved away by the referee, and from there Cork went on to make it 2-1.

Eanna Fitzgerald gathered a loose ball on the edge of the area and danced his way into space before firing a right-footed shot to the bottom corner.

Umeh was involved in that goal, and he was again involved moments later when he whipped the ball in from the left for Mark O’Mahony to head in.

O’Mahony then made the game safe shortly after that when he broke free of his marker and raced towards goal before shooting to the corner of the net.

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