A round-up of all Saturday’s action in the Underage League. (Full list of Saturday’s results)
League of Ireland Under-17
The Under-17 Mark Farren Cup semi-finals took place on Saturday with St Patrick’s Athletic, Cork City, Shelbourne and Galway United all hoping to earn a place in the final.
Galway United travelled to Dublin to face Shelbourne at Tolka Park and it was the visitors who took the spoils. The Tribesmen took a half-time lead thanks to a goal from Michael McCullagh, but despite Shelbourne getting a goal back in the second-half, another McCullach goal and one from David Tarmey put Galway into the final.
In the other semi-final, St Patrick’s Athletic faced Cork City in TUD Blanchardstown. Liam Murray gave the Rebel Army the lead on 35 minutes with Mark O’Mahony doubling their lead just before half-time. St Pats did pull a goal back late on but to no avail.
Two away wins in the cup which will now see Galway United take on Cork City in the final.
There was only one game in the Under-17 league, the rescheduled Shield Group A between Cavan Monaghan and Athlone Town. Goals fromSteven Okeke and Ethan Ballantine gave the home side a 2-0 win which sees them move to fourth in the table on the same points as Sligo Rovers in third and two points off UCD in second.
League of Ireland Under-14
In the first of the Under-14 Cup semi-finals, Wexford faced Shamrock Rovers at Ferrycarrig Park. The Hoops got off to a great start with a Darragh Marshall goal in the first minute. Wexford equalised on 35 minutes before taking the lead late in the second-half. A late header from Kian Dignam forced the game into extra-time. Ultimately the game was decided on a penalty shootout with the Wexford defeating Shamrock Rovers 5-4.
Finn Harps and Cork City contested the other semi-final in Milebush. Harps took an early lead before Sean Richmond equalised for Cork on 27 minutes. A goal a-piece at the start of the second-half was all the scoring that would happen in normal time. At 2-2, the game went to extra-time and it was the Donegal side that scored in the second period to put them into the final.
Wexford will now face Finn Harps in the Under-14 Cup final.
Women’s National League Under-17
A series of WNL Under-17 games also took place on Saturday. In League Group A, Treaty United had a 2-1 win over Donegal League, Aine Walsh and Heidi O’Sullivan with the Treaty goals. Peamount United beat Galway WFC by a single goal which keeps them top of the group.
In League Group B, a brace from Katie Law and a goal each for Emma Walker and Molly Garland gave Wexford a 4-0 win over Bray Wanderers.
In the other group game, Cork City took a 3-1 lead over Shamrock Rovers with a brace from Lily Hayes-Nally and one from Fiana Bradley. Rovers, however, staged a comeback and managed to take all three points thanks to a double from both Anna Casey and Ruby Gallagher to win 4-3. Shamrock Rovers and Wexford sit on top of the table both with 10 points.
In the Shield Group A, DLR Waves had a 3-1 win over Athlone Town with a goal from Sophie McEvoy and a brace from Lily Ryan. In the other game Sligo Rovers defeated Greystones United thanks to two goals from Jessica Casey and one from Orna Murphy. Sligo Rovers remain top of the group with 10 points and Sligo Rovers three points back in second.
In the Shield Group B, Bohemians and Waterford played out the only draw of the day with the game ending 2-2. Shelbourne had a 6-0 win over Carlow Kilkenny in the final game as Aleesha Palanzuela netted a hat-trick, Abby Griffin got a brace and Ruby Atkinson scored once. Shelbourne have a 100% record in the group and sit on the top with 15 points. Carlow Kilkenny are next with five points.
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