DDSL aim to retain Kennedy crown in final against Kildare
The Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL) are one win away from retaining the SFAI Kennedy Cup after a 3-0 semi-final victory over Donegal at the University of Limerick yesterday
The defending champions were three up inside the opening ten minutes and will meet Kildare in an all-Leinster final this afternoon. The kick-off is at 3.30pm in the 96th and final game of the five-day tournament.
Jamie Mullins opened the scoring for the Dubs and Thomas Longeran doubled his sides' advantage with a smart turn and rising shot from the edge of the area moments later.
Ben Quinn made it 3-0, the Cherry Orchard teen supplying a neat finish from inside the six-yard box. Mullins almost added his second 20 minutes in but Neil Mulcahy raced off his line to gather.
Donegal battled through the second half to reduce the deficit, but all the damage was down inside the opening 10 minutes. The DDSL go into the final with 18 goals scored and just one conceded this week in five games so far.
Kildare saw off the challenge of Cavan-Monaghan yesterday afternoon. The Thoroughbred County won 2-0, courtesy of goals from Aleksander Vassenin and Dean Owens.
Vassenin curled home a superb effort in the first half and Owens slotted home a second half penalty after Matthew McCarrick was fouled inside the box.
Kildare lost their opening match 3-1 to Limerick County on Monday but bounced back to win their group (on goal difference) and last-eight and last-four games. They've notched 11 goals and conceded four en route to the final.
Cavan/Monaghan and Donegal go head-to-head in the third place play-off today and Cork and Wexford meet to decide who finishes fifth or sixth in the pecking order at the 32-team competition.
Cork were 5-0 up inside 18 minutes versus hosts Limerick District yesterday and won 5-1.