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FORTH SPOT-ON AS THEY WIN THE UNDER-12 CUP AT FERRYCARRIG

IT TOOK extra time and penalties to finally break the deadlock when North End and Forth Celtic met in the Wally Doyle Memorial Cup final at Ferrycarrig Park on Monday night.

The League of Ireland ground again proved to be an ideal setting for a cracking game and but for an outstanding display by the Forth defence, the Wexford town team would have won the game inside 60 minutes.

The Murrintown boys again defied North End’s best efforts in the 20 minutes extra time played to leave the scoreline at 0-0 and then went on to lift the cup in the penalty shootout.

Forth’s goalkeeper Adam Connick was the man of the match and he rounded off a great display when saving the ‘sudden death’ penalty to give his team victory on a 5-4 scoreline.

The late Wally Doyle’s daughters Anne Lacey and Eileen Walsh were there to present the trophy to Forth captain Seanie Duggan to tremendous applause from the big attendance.Another guest on the night was Wexford referee Michelle O’Neill who officiated at the Under-10 Schoolboys Cup final in 2008 and at the Under-12 and Under-16 Cup deciders in 2009.

Michelle had the honour of being the first Irish female referee to officiate at a FIFA Women’s World Cup earlier this year and last week ran the line as part of the first female team to take charge of a major men's European final in the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Thanks to everybody who helped make Monday’s final a success and well done to the young stars of Forth Celtic and North End who gave us an underage footballing night to remember at Ferrycarrig.

UNDER-15 AND UNDER-16 CUP FINALS ON THIS WEEKEND

THE UNDER-15 Cup final which will be played at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening of this week (6pm) will be an all Enniscorthy decider, with Moyne Rangers taking on Shamrock Rovers.

After beating Ferns 10-1 in their first round game, Moyne won the following three ties by a single goal. They will be more than happy if they can do likewise on Saturday and claim a knockout double, having already won the U13 Cup.

But their local rivals will be hard to beat. Having received a bye in the first round of the cup competition, they scored 13 goals and conceded none on their way to the decider.

U16 Division 2 League champions Kilmore are through to the Eddie Tennant Memorial Under-16 Cup final and will face either Shamrock Rovers or Enniscorthy Town who meet in the semi-final on Wednesday evening.

Kilmore’s unbeaten league and cup run almost came to an end in their semi-final against Wexford Albion when the teams finished with three goals apiece, but United prevailed in the penalty shootout, winning 4-3.

The Kilmore lads will face tough opposition no matter which team they eventually face in the final as Enniscorthy Town are in contention for the U16 Division 1 title while Rovers could finish in third spot.

The big game kicks off at 6pm in Ferrycarrig Park.

SEAN IN REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U16 SQUAD AT ST. GEORGE’S PARK

Former Shamrock Rovers and Kennedy Cup striker Sean Fitzpatrick is in the Republic of Ireland Under-16 squad ahead of friendlies against Denmark and England this week.

Sean, currently playing his football with Wexford FC, will be hoping to be selected to face the Danes at the English FA’s headquarters of St. George’s Park today, Tuesday, August 20th (1pm) before taking on the England on Thursday (2pm).

MIDWEEK AND WEEKEND ACTION IN FULL SWING

The midweek and weekend action is in full swing as the battle for honours heads towards a dramatic conclusion.

Check out the league tables and follow the cup action with all the fixtures and times on the website.

OFFICERS ELECTED AT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE AGM

IAN LAWLOR was returned unopposed as chairman at the Wexford Schoolboys League AGM which was held in the Horse and Hound Hotel, Ballinaboola on Thursday night last.

Dave O’Brien is the new Vice Chairman while Anne Marie O’Neill continues as Hon. Secretary and Mikie Carthy as Hon. Treasurer.

Registrar is Willie Cottrell and Clodagh Barry takes on the role of PRO.

Lynda Dempsey is Child Welfare Officer and Fixtures Secretaries are Simon Barnes and John Harpur, with John Furlong and John Rossiter committee members.

FAI REFEREES BEGINNER COURSE

The FAI Referees Department has confirmed the date and venue for a Referees Beginner Course. The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 and all you need is enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn.

Date: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September; Time: 9am to 5pm (both days); Venue: WIT Arena, West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford.

The fee is €100 and a minimum number of 15 participants will be required for the course to proceed. For further information contact the Referees Department by ringing 01 8999536 or email: referees@fai.ie.

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