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Thursday 16 August 2018

DDSL to meet Cork rivals in Kennedy quarters

Strike: Matthew Brennan, second left, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring the DDSL’s second goal against Athlone District Schoolboys in yesterday’s final SFAI Kennedy Cup group game at the University of Limerick
Strike: Matthew Brennan, second left, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring the DDSL’s second goal against Athlone District Schoolboys in yesterday’s final SFAI Kennedy Cup group game at the University of Limerick

Defending champions Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL) will meet former champions Cork in the quarter-finals of the SFAI Kennedy Cup at the University of Limerick today.

Both sides won their groups with maximum points and have yet to concede a goal between them going into the last-eight showdown.

The DDSL got their day off to an impressive start with a resounding 7-0 win over South Tipperary. Alex O'Brien, Thomas Lonergan, Evan Ferguson, Ben Curtis and Cian Kelly got amongst the scorers.

The win improved the DDSL's goal haul in their second game in less than 24 hours to 11 for and none conceded and they added another brace, courtesy of another O'Brien strike and Matthew Brennan, to that tally in a 2-0 victory over Athlone last night.

Cork beat Sligo Leitrim 2-0 yesterday. Leon Ayinde opened the scoring in the first half and David Cremin sealed the victory after the break.

The three-time Kennedy Cup winners topped their group after a 2-0 victory over Waterford, also three-time champions, last evening.

Cork need just a draw to advance, but Jamie Dinneen and Alex Healy-Byrne were on target in either half for the Rebel County boys who have netted eight time in the group stage of the tournament.

Meantime, South Dublin beat Limerick County 2-0 in the early game yesterday but lost 4-0 to group winners in their final game in the pool.

The North Dublin Schoolboy League were held to a 1-1 draw by battling Inishowen and lost 3-0 in their final group game versus Dundalk. The semi-finals will be decided on Thursday and the finals on Friday.

Kennedy CUP last-eight fixtures

Today: Cork v DDSL, Donegal v Dundalk, Kildare v Limerick District League and Wexford v Cavan/Monaghan. (All games kick-off at 5pm)

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