The 2017 SuperValu West Cork Schoolboys League U13 and U16 Cup finals have been confirmed for Turner’s Cross on Sunday.
BY GER McCARTHY
THE 2017 SuperValu West Cork Schoolboys League U13 and U16 Cup finals have been confirmed for Turner’s Cross on Sunday.
Cork City FC’s famous home ground plays host to Dunmanway Town and Lyre Rovers’ battle for the U16 trophy while Ardfield and Bantry Bay Rovers meet in the U13 decider.
The WCSL Committee confirmed the two ties earlier in the week but were unable to run additional schoolboys cup finals on the bank holiday Monday as Cork City were (recently) drawn to play St Patrick’s Athletic in an EA Sports Cup tie at the Turner’s Cross venue on the same date.
Carrigaline United’s participation in the FAI U17 Cup final against Tramore AFC ruled out Saturday, April 29th as another possible option.
The Munster Football Association (MFA) own the Turner’s Cross stadium and organise a large amount of schoolboys, junior and senior finals at this time of the year but kindly accommodated the WCSL’s request having been unable to provide any available dates 12 months ago.
West Cork Schoolboys clubs last graced the League of Ireland stadium back in 2015 where four finals held over two days attracted large crowds and produced plenty of excitement.
Ardfield and Bantry Bay Rovers kick off proceedings next Sunday afternoon at 1pm in what should be a cracking U13 decider. The Kealkil club are enjoying a terrific season at underage level, winning multiple league trophies and in contention for a league and cup double.
Bay currently sit top of the Premier League table with a record of seven wins and a draw from their eight outings while their opponents, Ardfield, are 11 points behind although with two games in hand. The Bantry club will begin as favourites but their opponents possess enough quality to ensure a closely-fought encounter.
Immediately after that, at 3pm, Dunmanway Town and Lyre Rovers will walk out on to the Turner’s Cross pitch to contest this year’s U16 Cup final. The Mohona side ply their trade in a division below Premier League outfit Lyre but are in pole position to claims this year’s league trophy and will not be overawed by the occasion.
A victory in Rovers’ final league fixture would secure a joint-second place finish but Lyre will be eager to conclude their campaign with a trophy. Similar to the U13 final, Dunmanway and Lyre’s U16s are evenly matched so two terrific finals should entertain an expected large attendance on Sunday afternoon.