The Coleraine & District Battalion Company Section 5-a-side Football competition took place in December at the University of Ulster at Coleraine.
Junior: U-15 Section
16 teams took part in the Junior U-15 Competition, which was divided into 4 groups and after the
completion of the Group stage games, 1st Garvagh, 5th Coleraine, 1st Kilrea and 1st Coleraine qualified for the Semi-Finals as group winners. In the first Semi-final, 1st Garvagh edged out 5th Coleraine by 1-0, Ryan Hargy scoring for Garvagh but Jamie Cunningham the Garvagh goalkeeper had to make a series of fine saves to keep Coleraine out. In the second Semi-final with 5 secs left on the clock 1st Coleraine goal scored the only goal of the game to knock out 1st Kilrea.
The Final between 1st Garvagh and 5th Coleraine was a tense affair with few scoring chances and finished 0-0 after full time with 1st Garvagh winning the resulting Penalty Shoot-Out by 3-1.
Senior: U-18 Section
10 teams took part in the Senior Competition, which were divided into 2 groups of 5, with the top two from each Group qualifying for the Semi-Finals. In the first of the Semi-finals 1st Kilrea put on a commanding performance to beat 1st Limavady by a 4-0 score line. The second semi-final between 1st Ballywatt v 1st Garvagh was a tough encounter with few opportunities at either end and finished scoreless after full time, with 1st Garvagh winning 3-1 on Penalties.
The Final produced a local derby between 1st Garvagh and 1st Kilrea. The game itself was played at a high tempo with 1st Kilrea controlling much of the early play, however Garvagh’s Paul Armstrong opened the scoring before half time and Garvagh followed that with another goal scored by Andrew Harding just after the break. 1st Kilrea fought back strongly and scored with 3 mins to play. However 1st Garvagh held on for what was a hard fought victory to retain the Senior U-18 trophy for the Fourth year in a row. The win completed the double for the Garvagh boys of Victory in the Junior U-15 and Senior U-18 football competitions.
Thanks to all the teams who took part, thanks also to Mr Robert Black for refereeing and to Martin McCook who organised the Draw and the smooth running of the competition over the two nights.
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