On Wednesday 29th April the U18 footballers travelled to Ballymena Showgrounds to play in the Final of the Inspiresport Youth U18 Plate against St Joseph’s, Derry.
In difficult weather conditions the team played a backs to the wall first half with Matthew McClelland making an outstanding save early on to thwart the St Joe’s attack. Midway through the half a high ball was dropped by the opposition keeper and sam Hughes was on hand to turn the ball into the net. Against a strong wind and determined opposition, Foyle had battled to a half-time lead. The second half was a much more open affair and the solid and assured back four of Foyle allowed the midfield and forwards more time and space.
The game was effectively won in a five minute burst involving two free kicks. The first was parried by the keeper before Robbie House slammed the ball home to double Foyle’s advantage. Even better was to follow as Jack McNeill scored a spectacular 25 yard free kick to make it three nil and Foyle were in dreamland. A couple of minutes later the ball broke to Stephen Mills and he chested the ball under control before slotting home. There was still some defending to be done but when the whistle blew to signal the end of the game there was no denying that the better team had triumphed. A first football trophy for Foyle and their proud captain, Alex McDonnell lifted high the trophy. This squad have been outstanding throughout the cup run, scoring 22 goals in securing the prize.
Road to the Final
Foyle 9 Kilkeel HS 1
Mills 4, McIntosh, McNeely, Hetherington, House
Foyle 4 Dromore HS 2
Mills 2, House, Hughes
Foyle 3 Omagh CBS 2
Mills 2 Hetherington
Foyle 2 Edmund Rice Coll 1