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Schools football gets banking boost

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association (NISFA) has been boosted by the forming of a new partnership with Danske Bank.  

Danske Bank has come in as the sponsor of this year’s Northern Ireland under 18 schoolboys’ team and will also sponsor the Danske Bank Belfast district senior cup final on St. Patrick’s Day.  
 
The Chairman of NISFA, Paul Kerr was thrilled with the addition of a new partner, “It is great that Danske Bank have come on board with us, as a volunteer organisation we try our best to give young people in Northern Ireland the best opportunity to play schools football. We feel that partners like Danske Bank can only help maximise schools and schoolboy international football. We would especially like to thank Stephen Bloomfield and Nicola McCleery of Danske Bank for their help in the process.” 
 
Noel McKnight, Chairman of the Belfast and District Secondary Schools FA also welcomed the new partnership, “The Belfast & District Secondary Schools FA is delighted that Danske Bank has invested in schools football and will be the named partner of this year’s Danske Bank Belfast district schools cup final on St. Patrick’s Day. The Belfast district would also like to thank NISFA for their endeavour in sourcing lucrative sponsors such as Danske Bank.”  
 
Stephen Bloomfield, Deputy Managing Director of Personal Banking at Danske Bank said, “Supporting and investing in youth sport is immensely important to Danske Bank. We are very proud of our existing youth partnerships with Danske Bank Schools’ Cup rugby and Danske Bank Ulster Colleges' GAA and are delighted to add our partnership with Northern Ireland Schools' Football Association to this. We wish this year’s Northern Ireland under 18 schoolboys’ team and all the teams in the Danske Bank Belfast district senior cup the best of luck.”

Thrilling Action in Senior Cup

Belfast Boys Model, the holders of the inspiresport Senior Cup, showed that they have no intention of relinquishing their grasp on the trophy but they had to battle all the way to overcome Ashfield 4-3 in a thrilling third round encounter.

St Columb's College has been the most successful school in the Senior Cup, lifting the coveted trophy three times in the past five years.  A trip to Lisburn to take on Fort Hill looked to be a daunting task but St Columb's came away with a hard fought 2-nil success.

Biggest winners in the third round were St Joseph's who put seven goals past Grosvenor without reply.  They were runners up 3 years ago and look to be a force to be reckoned with once again.

 

Results in the third round were

inspiresport U16 Senior Cup

 

 

THIRD ROUND

 

RESULTS

Model

4

v

3

Ashfield

Lagan College

5

v

1

St Colm's (Draperstown)

De La Salle (Downpatrick)

3

v

2

Bangor Academy

St. Malachy’s College

0

v

2

Lisneal

St. Joseph's (Londonderry)

7

v

0

Grosvenor

Fort Hill

0

v

2

St. Columb’s College

The remaining ties to be completed this week are

inspiresport U16 Senior Cup

 

 

THIRD ROUND

 

ON or BEFORE Friday 4 December 2015

Cambridge House

 

v

 

RBAI

Craigavon Senior HS

 

v

 

St. Pius X (Magherafelt)

St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's (Claudy)

 

v

 

Foyle College

St. Patrick's GS (Downpatrick)

 

v

 

St. Brigid's (Londonderry)

St. Louis (Ballymena)

 

v

 

Portadown College

St. Joseph's (Belfast)

 

v

 

St. Mary’s CBGS

St. Patrick's (Belfast)

 

v

 

O.L. & St. Patrick's

Abbey Community College

 

v

 

Edmund Rice College

Carrickfergus College

 

v

 

Holy Cross (Strabane)

Ballyclare Sec School

 

v

 

Laurelhill

 

 

 

U16's beaten at Solitude

Northern Ireland Under 16’s conceded twice in eight second half minutes as they went down 2-1 against Norway.

Josh Tipping’s first half goal wasn’t enough as efforts from Erik Botheim and Ali Anas Farah sealed the win for the visitors.

The game started slowly at Solitude with the opening 20 minutes giving a half chance to Norway’s Kevin Krygaard but he couldn’t take advantage as his effort bobbled wide.

Then after 28 minutes, Northern Ireland took the lead with a hint of controversy. Alex McIIlmail’s effort was parried by keeper Lars Kvarekvaal but Josh Tipping was on hand to put the ball into the back of the net. Norway protested claiming the keeper had the ball back under his control but the goal stood.

The hosts should of then double their lead before half time as Tipping’s shot was blocked and fell to Andrew Scott but he couldn’t sort out his feet quick enough and could only shoot wide from 8 yards.

Norway came out strong and got back into the game after 61 minutes. Substitute Erik Botheim curled a beautiful effort into the top corner which Northern Ireland keeper Rory Brown could go nothing about.

Just eight minutes later, the turnaround was complete. Ali Anas Farah turned his defender inside and out and got a shot away across keeper Brown to put Norway 2-1 up.

Rory Brown then kept it at 2-1 as he produced a brilliant low stop to keep out Evjen from eight yards.

After their 4-4 draw on Tuesday, Northern Ireland will feel hard done by to come away from their two friendlies against Norway without a win.

NI U16’s: Rory Brown, Keith Kearney, Barney McKeown, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson ©, Harry Robinson, Tom Mathieson, Adam McAleenan, Andrew Scott, Alex McIImail, Josh Tipping. Subs Used: Leo Brown, Jordan McEneff, Jack Chambers, Caolan Boyd, Aaron Donnelly

NOR U16’s: Kvarekvaal, Rimestad, Uran, Sandberg, Rosler ©, Ugland, Stenevik, Krygaard, Haland, Larsen, Hansen. Subs Used: Evjen, Hove, Daland. Farah, Botheim

U16's in eight goal thriller

Northern Ireland were unable to keep hold of their stunning comeback against Norway as they had to settle for a 4-4 draw.

A Leo Brown inspired Under 16’s turned around a 2-0 deficit to go 4-2 ahead but two late from the visitors left them the happier of the two sides.

Northern Ireland started the brighter on a glommy afternoon but it was Norway who took the lead. Erling Braut Haland shot from the edge of the box took a deflection to give keeper Rory Brown little chance.

Norway gained confidence from their lead and scored a second straight after through Erik Bother, but his effort was disallowed for offside 

However, Norway wouldn’t be denied a second time as Haldor Stenevik was able to convert a pull back from Ali Anas Farah.

It looked like staying that way till half time, but a great pass from Ethan Warnock found Leo Brown who calmly slotted in to reduce the deficit to one.

Leo Brown was involved again just safter half time as his run and pass into the area found fellow striker O’Neill who had the simple job of tapping in to complete the comeback.

Norway would score once again but for a second time their efforts were thwarted by the linesman’s flag which they were made to pay for by man of the match Leo Brown.

The striker once again beat the Norway defence and his selfless cross found Harry Robinson to give them the lead for the first time.

That wouldn’t be the end of the action with Leo Brown in the mood for more. Another run by the pacy striker gave him the chance to setup substitute Alex McIImail who chipped over the onrushing keeper to give the Under 16’s a beforehand unimaginable 4-2 lead.

Norway continued to push and found their third goal through fortunate circumstances as Rory Brown couldn’t stop the ball from being put past him by his own player.

And the unthinkable occurred just two minutes later as Norway also turned round a two goal deficit. A calm finish from inside the area from captain Colin Rosler was too much for Brown and levelled it up at 4-4.

NI U16’s: Rory Brown, Sean Wallace, Ethan Warnock, Ian Maxwell, Aaron Donnelly, Luke Ferguson ©, Jordan McEneff, Harry Robinson, Jack Chambers, Leo Brown, Paul O’Neill. Subs Used: Josh Tipping, Andrew Scott, Alex McIImailBarney McKeown,

 

NOR U16’s: Klausson, Rimestad, Daland, Sandberg, Rosler ©, Stenevik, Haland, Botheim, Hove, Bjaamer, Farah. Subs Used: Ugland, Uran, Hansen, Krygaard,

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