Draperstown Celtic U14’s win cup

The victorious Draperstown Celtic U14 team show off the cup. MM19 509
The victorious Draperstown Celtic U14 team show off the cup. MM19 509

DCFC U14s (1) VS Coleraine U14s (0)

THE future of DC Youth took another step forward during the week when DC Under 14 team defeated Coleraine to copy their Under 15 colleagues and win a Cup in their first season. This means that both Youth teams won a trophy in the space of a week

It was no more than the young boys deserved as though the score was only 1 nil this was a comprehensive defeat with DC having three quarters of possession and the best goal scoring chances.

The game started off in a tight manner as both teams got used to each other and the fast surface of the pitch. However it was not long to DC started to take the game to Coleraine with Faolan McGuigan making some good runs to stretch the Coleraine defence.

The young DC team played some great football, making use of the perfect surface. They took the ball down and played some neat passing around the midfield area without really pressuring the Coleraine defence. The first chance fell to DC when a through ball from the DC midfield was picked up by McGuigan but his shot went just wide. By this stage DC were dominant with the midfield of Kelly, McBride, Devlin, Conway and Donnelly winning everything and chasing down any Coleraine player. DC had another chance when the ball fell to Donnelly about 20 yards out and his great strike went just wide. The very odd time the Coleraine team managed to get the ball up field they saw the DC defence of Duggan, Burke, McAlinden and Devlin in mean form, closing down any half chance.

The only time DC keeper Kelly had to do anything was pick up a couple of through balls – he really was not tested. DC continued to push forward and Kelly on the left came into the game giving the right back a torrid time. The DC midfield had to re-organise when J.P. Devlin went off with an injury and Armour came on in his place. For all the possession DC could not get the breakthrough and the score at half time was 0 – 0.

Again the second half started the way of the first half with DC putting the Bannside team under the greater pressure. The pressure final told in the 10th minute when a great ball from Kelly sent McGuigan down the left wing and he was bundled over by the Coleraine right back.

The resulting free was taken by Conway and he sent over a delightful cross which the keeper could not collect and in the scramble that followed the ball fell to Conor Donnelly who drilled the ball home from 10 yards to give DC the lead they thoroughly deserved. This spurred on the Coleraine team and as DC started to tire they came more into the game. The DC management made a few changes with McBride coming on at right back and Cathal Donnelly replacing McGuigan, who ran himself into the ground, up front.

However it was still Coleraine that dominated the next stage of play but the defence of Duggan, Burke, McAlinden and McBride defended superbly. With Coleraine throwing everything at DC they were open to the counter attack and Cathal Donnelly gave a great outlet for the Celtic defence and his intelligent play kept Coleraine on their toes. The only other attack of note that Coleraine had saw keeper Daire Kelly dive bravely at the forwards keep to collect a cross.

DC saw out the rest of the game without incident to secure the cup and win a trophy in their first season – quite an achievement.

Thanks to the dozens of people who turned out to support the young lads – it was much appreciated by the team and management!

Squad: D Kelly, N Devlin, C McAlinden, M Burke, E Duggan, O Kelly, E Conway, J.P. Devlin, A McBride (Capt.), C Donnelly, F McGuigan, P Armour, C Donnelly, E McBride, R Fullerton, C Merron, R Corry

Goals: Conor Donnelly

Man of Match: Emmett Duggan

Next Fixtures

DC U15s vs. Cookstown - League Cup Semi Final – Sat 12th May Gordon Playing Fields Lurgan

Draperstown Celtic Youth Fund Raising Night

DC are holding a fundraising night in the Market Inn, Draperstown on Friday 25th May. There will be music, food and a prize draw. Tickets are only £7 each and can be obtained from any Youth Team coach. Tickets are also available for the prize draw. Prizes include signed, framed Cristiano Ronaldo photograph, signed Glasgow Celtic ball, DC merchandise, Restaurant Vouchers, Hair and Beauty Vouchers and many more on the night. Tickets for raffle are £2 each or 3 for £5 and available from Coaches or Players. All proceeds go to the Youth Teams. Please come along and support our young players

Draperstown Celtic Youth

Skills Development Centre

The importance of developing youth football is key to the future success of Draperstown Celtic and therefore we are pleased to announce the return of the highly successful Draperstown Celtic Skills Development Centre.

The focus of the Skills Development Centre is on developing skilled, confident and creative footballers while making the game fun to practice and play. We will teach the importance of good sportsmanship, respect for all and the value of winning but not at the expense of player character or performance development. The Centre embraces the concept of fun and enjoyment, which is important if children are to develop a lifelong love of football. It is designed for children from P3 – P7 of all abilities, to develop skills, understanding and most importantly make the game FUN and ENJOYABLE

The Centre is located at Cahore Playing Fields and runs from 11am – 12.15pm each Saturday. Cost is £2 per week.

Club Shop

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Foyle Cup 2012

Congratulations and good luck to the DCFC U15 team who have been accepted to play in the Foyle Cup this year. The tournament dates are 16 – 21 July 2012. This will be a great experience for the young players.

There are still a few places left on the DC Foyle Cup squad and these will be filled by an open trial. We will post the date of the trials shortly. If you were born in 1997 and wish to play in the Foyle Cup please contact the Youth Officer (Paul McCallion) on 07841344253 and come along to the trials.

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