26 Nov Schoolboy Elite Gear Up For Champions Cup On DEC 28
FOR the majority of schoolboy teams, last weekend represented the final action of 2013 – but not this year’s FIVE national cup winners.
Last season’s SFAI Cup champions (Under-12 to Under-16) will face-off against their Northern Ireland Boys Football Association (NIBFA) national league counterparts in the annual DB Sports Tours Champions Cup.
Following on from last January’s successfully-expanded competition at Oriel Park, the same venue will host the tournament again on Saturday December 28.
The Champions Cup began as a one-off two-legged Under-15 contest two years ago, with St Oliver Plunketts beating Shelbourne.
Last season’s expanded competition, however, saw a clean sweep of wins for the five SFAI champions.
Once again the Dublin District Schoolboy League’s best represent each age group and have glory in their sights.
Malahide United represented Ireland at the Danone Nations Cup in London – reaching the semi-finals following their Under-12 SFAI final win over Cork’s Corinthian Boys (VIDEO BELOW).
The North Dubliners will face Linfield in the Under-13 Champions Cup final looking to follow in the footsteps of Crumlin United – who beat Glentoran in January.
St Francis FC followed up their Under-13 Champions Cup win earlier in the year by seeing off St Joseph’s Boys (VIDEO BELOW) in the SFAI decider to set-up their return.
They will now face Ridgeway Rovers in the Under-14 showpiece at Oriel Park looking to retain their crown.
The SFAI Under-14 Cup winners for 2013 St Kevin’s Boys are a very special team, having claimed the national title three times in a row (VIDEO BELOW).
Cliftonville will look to stop them adding All-Ireland glory to that impressive trophy cabinet in the Under-15 game.
Cherry Orchard won the Under-14 Champions Cup last time, but following their national success over Lucan United at a different age group (VIDEO BELOW), this time they will be represented at Under-16 level.
Dungannon Youths are their opposition this month when the successful south Dublin club look to earn another title.
In the final Champions Cup clash, the Under-17 decider, SFAI Under-16 champions Belvedere (VIDEO BELOW) will face Cliftonville.
Malahide United V Linfield 10:30 Kick Off
St Francis FC V Ridgeway Rovers 11:30 Kick Off
St Kevin’s Boys V Cliftonville 12:40 Kick Off
Cherry Orchard V Dungannon Youths 13:50 Kick Off
Belvedere V Cliftonville 14:30 Kick Off