Tuesday 25 October 2016

Dublin definitely guaranteed one finalist

DUBLIN is guaranteed a side in the 2015 SFAI Kennedy Cup final at the University of Limerick (UL) - but which side it is going to be remains to be seen.

The Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL), the defending champions, and the North Dublin Schoolboy District League (NDSL) will meet in today's semi-final in the Treaty City.

Both sides recorded penalty shoot-out wins yesterday over Midlands and Kildare to book tickets in to the last four.

Limerick Desmond and Kerry will meet in the corresponding semi-final after chalking up 3-0 and 2-0 wins over Dundalk and Galway yester day.

DDSL defender Nathan Collins headed home a James Clarke corner just after the break to edge the DDSL ahead against Midlands yesterday.

But Mark Dillon restored parity after volleying home mid-way through the second half and the game went straight to a shoot out and the DDSL with a 4-2 win.

Kian Clarke saved a penalty and Ray O'Sullivan, Donovan Troy, Anthony Purdy and James Clarke netted from the spot for the DDSL, who have drawn their last three group and knockout games 1-1.

The Limerick Desmond chalked up the most impressive win of the day, with goals in either half from Bryan Nix, Pádraig Hartigan and Paudie Harington securing a 3-0 victory over Dundalk. Elsewhere in UL, Dylan Murphy and Pat Darcy struck in a 2-0 win over Galway for a solid-looking Kerry side, who have scored 11 goals and conceded none so far in four games.

The NDSL and Kildare had opportunities to snatch it late on at UL before Sean Enright stroked home the decisive penalty in the shoot out to secure a 4-3 victory.

Danny Taaffe, Liam McGrath and Davidson Okosun also netted from the spot.

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