Updated: 08/05/18 : 05:36:52
The Dublin & District Schoolboys League (DDSL) celebrated their 75th anniversary in style at Sligo Showgrounds over the May Bank Holiday weekend when they successfully defended their Sligo Super Cup title.The young Dubliners produced a stunning display of top class football all weekend before eventually lifting the trophy for the second time after a gripping final showdown with the multi-talented Derby County Academy.
The thrilling final ended with four goals shared in a hugely entertaining encounter before the Dublin lads finally claimed the trophy in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.
The champions had performed exceptionally well in the group stage matches, winning all three games against the Mayo League, Chesterfield and Ipswich Town to top their group.Derby County, meanwhile, had also been highly impressive in their victories over Sligo/Leitrim, Glenavon and Sheffield Wednesday in their group games.
Consolation for the Sheffield side came with victory by the only goal of the game over Mayo to grab third spot, with Mayo finishing fourth after a terrific tournament.Performed heroically
Hosts, Sligo/Leitrim, who had performed heroically in their group matches, holding Sheffield Wednesday to a scoreless draw and losing only narrowly to Glenavon and Derby, picked up a notable 2-1 win over Ipswich Town in the play-off games.
Chesterfield beat Glenavon in the other play-off tie to claim fifth spot.Overall, the tournament was another huge success, with glorious sunshine helping to perfectly show off the brilliant facilities at the Showgrounds and in Sligo generally, as up to 200 visitors spent the weekend at the tournament.
All of the teams were given a huge ovation by supporters at half-time during the Sligo Rovers/Bohemians Airtricity League match on Saturday night, adding to a treasure trove of memories which the young teams, their coaches and parents brought home with them from Sligo.
Tournament Director, Packie Lynch, was delighted with the success of the tournament.“We were thrilled with our first attempt last year, but this year’s tournament exceeded our greatest hopes. The standard of football was truly exceptional, we had big crowds, the weather topped it all off, and everybody went away with memories to last a lifetime,” he said.
The official opening was performed on Friday night by Mayor of Sligo, Clr.Hubert Keaney and Sligo Rovers stalwart, Raff Cretaro, while another of Sligo’s former youth players, RTE soccer pundit, Alan Cawley, officiated at the presentation of the trophy and medals.
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