Cavan/Monaghan reach Kennedy Cup semi-finals
CMUL defeated Wexford 1-0 in a tense quarter-final clash played in wet conditions on Wednesday afternoon to set up an historic semi-final showdown with Kildare.
Christian Hennessy, of Cootehill Harps, grabbed the game's only goal in the opening quarter to seal the CMUL's passage into the last four stage of the inter-league U-14 competition. Their semi-final opponents, Kildare edged past local side, Limerick District Schoolboy League, 2-1 to progress.
After a scoreless opening half, Kildare grabbed the upperhand with goals from Athy Town's Dean Owens on 36-minutes and his clubmate Jack Dooley 10-minutes later. Limerick did manage a late consolation goal through Leon Kirrane from the penalty spot.
Holders and pre-tournament favourites, the Dublin and District Schoolboy League (DDSL) were pushed all way by a spirited Cork side before recording an exciting 2-1 victory in their quarter-final clash. Two goals in three minutes from Thomas Lonergan and Evan Ferguson shortly before half-time had the Dubliners 2-0 up at the break.
Cork rallied strongly in the second half and were rewarded with a goal from David Cremin. However, the DDSL maintained their lead until the final whistle to set up a semi-final meeting with the Donegal League.
Donegal came from behind to edge past Dundalk 3-2 in a thrilling quarter-final. The winners led 1-0 at half-time with the first of a brace of goals from Milford Utd's Liam Donnelly, while Callum Gillen, of Drumkeen, was also on target. Goals from Ryan Halpenny, of Ardee Celtic, and Stephen Mooney, Blaney Academy, had the Co Louth side 2-1 up well into the second half.
Kennedy Cup Day 3 Results:
West Cork 0-2 Galway; Athlone 2-0 WWEC; Longford 1-4 Drogheda; Wicklow 1-4 RDYSL
SDFL 0-1 NECSL; NDSL 1-0 Carlow; Limerick Desmond 3-1 North Tipperary; Sligo/Leitrim 0-0 Mayo (Mayo win 6-5 on pens)
Clare 1-1 Kerry (Clare win 4-3 on pens); Inishowen 0-2 Kilkenny; Limerick County 1-0 Waterford; South Tipperary 0-0 Midlands (Midlands win 4-2 on pens);
Donegal 3-2 Dundalk; Cork 1-2 DDSL; Kildare 2-1 Limerick District; Wexford 0-1 Cavan/Monaghan