source: Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland
Day 3 is Quarter Finals day at the SFAI Kennedy Cup:
The third of five days of play at the SFAI Kennedy Cup is dedicated to the Quarter finals of the 4 competitions. First up was the Trophy Section where there were three games with Lisburn Castlereagh getting a bye into the semi-finals.
The NECSL were very impressive in their 5-0 win over Wicklow where they were 2-0 ahead at half time. The North East Counties Schoolboys League goals were scored by Dara Brosnan 2, Conor Oakes, Jack McCormack and Jake O’Callaghan.
NECSL will play WWEC (West Waterford East Cork) in the Trophy semi-final as they defeated Cavan/Monaghan 2-1 in their quarter final. Alex McSweeney and Charles Howard got the WWEC goals with Oran Connolly replying for Cavan/Monaghan.
An Ollie Coyle goal saw Inishowen defeat North Tipperary 1-0 and they will now meet Lisburn Castlereagh in the semi-final.
Trophy Semi-Finals: Inishowen v Lisburn Castlereagh and WWEC v NECSL
Play 0ff Matches: Cavan / Monaghan v Wicklow, North Tipperary Bye
The highlight of the Shield quarter finals was a cracker between Clare and Longford. Clare went 2-0 up thanks to a John McInerny goal and an own goal but credit to Longford they fought back with Ray McNally and John Macklin on the mark.
These games go straight to penalties and it was Clare who 5-3 to set up a Shield semi-final with South Tipperary. They saw off Limerick District 2-0 with John Davey getting both of their goals.
Mayo made the perfect start against Kerry scoring early in their 4-1 where Barry Langan 2, Mathew Scahill and Christopher McHale-Tarpey. It will be Mayo and Limerick Desmond in the other semi-final. Darragh Mullane and Daniel Magner scored for Limerick Desmond with Finn Madine getting the Dundalk goal.
Shield Semi-Finals: South Tipperary v Clare and Limerick Desmond v Mayo
Play Off Matches: Kerry v Longford, Limerick District v Dundalk.
Bowl Quarter Finals
There were tight battles in all the Bowl quarter finals with NDSL scoring two unanswered second half goals to see off Kilkenny. NDSL will take on Carlow in Thursday semi-final. Carlow went 2-0 up on Roscommon thanks to goals from Leon Fitzgerald and Callum Brennan but John Price pulled one back.
Tim Sweeney, who is a Golden Boot contender, scored twice for West Cork as they were 2-0 winners over Drogheda. This sets them up to take on Limerick County in the semi- final. Cian McNamara and Michael Hanley got the Limerick County goals.
Bowl semi-finals: Carlow v NDSL and Limerick County v West Cork
Place Off Matches: South Belfast v Drogheda and Roscommon v Kilkenny
And so the crowds gathered for the Jim Kennedy Cup quarter finals where the eight teams gave it their all to keep their dreams of the ultimate victory alive.
And after a tense 60 minutes, plus penalties in one of the games, we know our 2022 Kennedy Cup semi-finalists. Waterford were 3-0 winners over Sligo/Leitrim thanks to goals from Noah O’Brien, Mason Murphy and Finlay Hughes.
They will take on the DDSL whose game with the Midlands ended 0-0. However it was the Dublin side that held their nerve winning the shoot-out 3-0.
Wexford had goals from Kenny Murphy and Darragh Sherlock 2 in their 3-1 against Galway. Colm Doyle scored for the Westeners.
They will face Cork who had a 1-0 win over Donegal with Eoin Looney getting the all-important goal in the second half.
The beaten semi-finalists will now look to pick themselves up as they contest the Plate competition.
Thursday 3pm and 5pm
Kennedy Cup semi-finals: Wexford v Cork and Waterford v DDSL.
Plate semi-finals: Galway v Midlands and Sligo/Leitrim v Donegal.