Causeway Chronicle

Celtic make history in Minor section

Celtic were crowned champions of the Minor Section after they defeated Dungannon United Youth  in classy fashion at the Coleraine Showgrounds.  The Scottish giants put on a show at Coleraine Showgrounds to claim the trophy for the first time in their history. 

The Hoops started strongly testing Ciaran McCloskey in the Dungannon net on multiple occasions.  Pullan was foiled twice by the stopper,  before he broke the deadlock in the 25th minute.  The striker, who took his tally to six for the tournament, bundled the ball home after a Celtic corner caused chaos in the Dungannon box.  

The Scots quickly doubled their lead when George Millar poked past McCloskey.  The midfielder reacted quickest to Jacob Cameron’s blocked shot to slot past the Dungannon stopper. 

 Dungannon had chances of their own, especially after the break when the game started to open up.  Tadhg Feeney spurned two great opportunities for Scott Walker’s side, as they looked to get back into the match.  Alife Jones also smacked the crossbar from 25 yards out to add to Dungannon’s frustration. 

A wonderful curled free-kick by Olamilekan Kikiemi sealed the victory for Celtic in the 40th minute.  The Hoops Cayden Anderson was crowned player of the tournament for the Minor Section for his displays across the week.

In the Globe final, a highly impressive Glenavon defeated Americans Surf Select 4-1, largely due to an Austen Gault hat-trick.  There was manic scenes at The Heights with Kenzie Gamble scoring a ridiculous free-kick to crown Portstewart Vase winners.  The other final saw Northern Irish outfit Ballymena United down Loughgall 5-1 to secure a clean sweep of trophies for the country in the lower finals. 

Turning to individual honours and Celtic striker Zion Pullan and IDA Bermuda striker Zydon Lightbourne-Furbert couldn’t be separated as they claimed the golden boot in what was a hotly contested Minor section.


Maurice Bradley