12 Nov SFAI Finals To Complete Champions Cup Lineup
IRELAND’S best schoolboy players will be on show in this weekend’s SFAI national cup finals – and just one win away from battling for the right to be called the best team on the island.
In the wake of this year’s debuting expanded DB Sports Tours Champions Cup in Dundalk, all eyes will be on Home Farm’s FC’s Dublin venue on Saturday and Sunday to see if Ireland can send five teams forward capable of seeing off their northern counterparts again.
In January ALL FIVE of the southern sides came away from Dundalk’s Oriel Park with the victories over their Northern Ireland Boys Football Association Cup winners.
The first-of-its-kind All-Ireland tournament, the Champions Cup began in 2011/2012 as a one-off Under-15 contest over two legs. The NIBFA were celebrating than as St Oliver Plunketts beat Shelbourne.
This year’s expanded version caught the imagination of the players, coaching staff, club officials and fans who travelled North and South to watch the highest standard of clashes on the island.
With this year’s NIBFA Cup competitions wrapped up earlier this month, DB Sports Tours will be in Whitehall on Saturday and Sunday to find out firsthand who will complete the 2014 Champions Cup line-ups.
St Francis Boys are the reigning Under-13 Champions Cup holders, following their 1-0 win over Plunketts at Oriel Park and they face DDSL U13 Premier rivals St Joseph’s Boys on Saturday morning at 11.00am.
The winners will take on debutants Dungannon United Youth, who beat Plunketts 2-1 in their national decider two weeks ago.
Another Northern side making their debut next year is Cliftonville – 3-2 winners over Linfield in the NIBFA U1nder-14 Cup final – and they will face the winners of Edenderry Town and St Kevin’s Boys on Saturday at 1pm.
The final game of Saturday’s exciting triple header is the clash of Malahide United and Cork’s Corinthian Boys in the Under-12 decider at 3pm, with the winning side going on to face the returning Glentoran.
Crumlin United saw off Glentoran in the opening game of the 2013 Champions Cup at Under-12 level, so the Belfast club will be looking to make amends this time after they beat Dungannon 3-1 recently.
Templeogue United beat Crusaders after a penalty-shootout in January to claim the Under-15 Champions Cup title but their league rivals Lucan United and Cherry Orchard will battle it out on Sunday at 1pm to see who will meet Foyle Harps (who beat Plunketts 3-1) next year.
In the final game of the weekend at Home Farm FC, the Under-16 final, Limerick’s Regional United will hope to ensure at least one side from outside the capital takes part in the 2014 Champions Cup when they face Belvedere at 3pm.
Plunketts ensured they will follow up their three-time participation in last year’s Champions Cup with a representative in the Under-16 decider next year after beating Linfield 2-1 two weeks ago
SFAI Cups Finals Schedule 2013
Saturday 18th May Whitehall
Venue: Home Farm FC
Corinthians Boys v Malahide Utd (3-00pm KO).
St Joseph’s Boys v St Francis (11-00am KO).
Edenderry Town v St. Kevin’s Boys (1-00pm KO).
Sunday 19th May Whitehall,
Venue: Home Farm FC
Lucan Utd v Cherry Orchard (1-00pm KO).
Regional Utd v Belvedere (3.00pm KO).
There will be a €5 admission charge each day for adults only.