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Inspiresport U15 small secondary schools cup

Quarter finals

Devenish College v St Colmcille's (Crossgar)
Colaiste Feirste  v Fivemiletown 
St Colms (Draperstown) v Rathfriland 
St Colmans (Ballynahinch) v Newry High School 

Semi Finals

St Colman's (Ballynahinch or Newry High School v Colaiste Feirste or Fivemiletown
St Colm's (Draperstown) or Rathfriland v Devenish College or St Colmcillee's (Crossgar)

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











Lagan College




St Colm's (Draperstown)

De La Salle (Downpatrick)




Bangor Academy

St. Malachy’s College





St. Joseph's (Londonderry)





Fort Hill




St. Columb’s College

The remaining ties to be completed this week are

inspiresport U16 Senior Cup





ON or BEFORE Friday 4 December 2015

Cambridge House





Craigavon Senior HS




St. Pius X (Magherafelt)

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




Foyle College

St. Patrick's GS (Downpatrick)




St. Brigid's (Londonderry)

St. Louis (Ballymena)




Portadown College

St. Joseph's (Belfast)




St. Mary’s CBGS

St. Patrick's (Belfast)




O.L. & St. Patrick's

Abbey Community College




Edmund Rice College

Carrickfergus College




Holy Cross (Strabane)

Ballyclare Sec School








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

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