DONEGAL Schoolboys, Kildrum Tigers and Finn Harps have all made perfect starts in the Macron Galway Cup in Salthill.
All three won their opening day fixtures with Harps claiming two victories to put them in pole position to advance from their group while the Donegal Schoolboys took victory this morning to make it two from two.
Kevin McHugh’s Schoolboys team (pictured above) are taking part in the 2002 Elite section.
They defeated NDSL 2-0 yesterday evening in a game delayed for 45 minutes because of the torrential rain.
After a cagey opening half, Donegal took the lead in the first minute of the second half when a cross fell invitingly for Jason McDaid and he made no mistake with a neat finish.
Donegal got well on top and they sealed the win when Dylan Dorrian netted from close range.
Donegal Schoolboys: Adrian McLaughlin, Stephen Black, Domhnaill McBride, Aaron Reid, Jack Murphy, Conor Black, Finian O’Donnell, Adam McCaffrey, Ronan McKinley, Kyle Campbell, Jason McDaid. Subs: Carlos O’Reilly, Gerard Duffy, Dylan Dorrian, Calvin Murray, Dylan Woods.
This morning, the SFAI National Cup champions defeated Galway 3-0.
They led 2-0 at the interval.
Conor Black put them in front after just three minutes with a header from a delicate Jack Murphy corner.
It was from another Murphy deliver that Donegal doubled their lead, a Galway defender putting through his own goal.
With Donegal in total control, Calvin Murray added a third from ten yards.
They now face WWEC in Drom at 4.45pm this afternoon.
Donegal Schoolboys: Adrian McLaughlin, Kieran Tobin, Domhnaill McBride, Stephen Black, Eoin Dowling, Carlos O’Reilly, Jack Murphy, Ronan McKinley, Conor Black, Jason McDaid, Kyle Campbell. Subs: Calum Friel, Dylan Woods, Calvin Murray, Gerard Duffy, Dylan Dorrian.
KILDRUM Tigers have entered the competition for the first time and the St Johnston team scored a historic win yesterday evening.
In the 2002 Boys section, the Tigers (pictured above) defeated Clare 2-0.
Anton Murtagh fired them ahead after 11 minutes with a stunning strike that gave the ‘keeper no chance.
The team managed by Russell Porter and Shane Porter secured the win early in the second half as full-back Aaron O’Donnell went on a rampaging surge that ended with a fine goal.
The Tigers face American side Colorado Rapids at 2.25pm this afternoon.
Kildrum Tigers: Declan Dolan, Shane McDermott (Jack McCarron), Aaron O’Donnell, Shane Coyle (Leon McBrearty), Ryan Kennedy, CJ Clarke, Anton Murtagh (Mark Doherty), Dominic Dunne, Corey McBride-Gillen (Caolan Crossan), Shane Monaghan, Adam Callaghan (Ryan McCarron).
IN THE 2000 Club division, European Youth Olympic 800m finalist Aaron McGlynn was the hero for Finn Harps (pictured above).
Just four days after finishing seventh in the boy’s 800m final in Tbilisi, McGlynn netted the only goal of the game as Martin Gallagher’s boys defeated Wicklow.
Harps followed that up with a 5-0 battering of the host club, Salthill Devon. Lorcan McGrady bagged two with Kyle McCarron, Darren McElwaine and Ryan O’Donnell also on the mark.
Harps face Edenderry and are poised to top their group.Tags: