Causeway Chronicle

It’s West Ham and Antrim in Junior Final

West Ham United are back in the Junior final for the first time since in 25 years after they edged past fellow English side Plymouth Argyle at Seahaven in Portstewart.

West Ham broke fellow English side Plymouth Argyle’s hearts with a 4-1 victory in the shootout.  Xavier Parker scored a brace for the Hammers while Billy Devlin and Aubry McClennon scored for Argyle to take the game to penalties at Seahaven.  The London side will play County Antrim in the final at Coleraine Showgrounds after they downed County Armagh in the same fashion. 

Like the first semi-final the game ended 2-2 in normal time before Antrim won 7-6 on penalties.  Eamon Tohill starred for Antrim scoring a brace to help his side take the game to spot kicks.  

Joel Kerr had a day to remember for County Tyrone at The Heights.  The player who is joint-second in the golden boot charts scored four goals to take his tally for the tournament to six.  The winger scored in last year’s Minor Section Final against Surf Select and will be looking to do the same this year when Tyrone take on neighbours County Londonderry in the Bowl final tomorrow at Parker Avenue.  Londonderry reached the final thanks to a 2-0 win over Donegal Schools at Clough.  

There was more county success in the Vase as Down saw off Scottish side Kilmarnock to reach the final.  Zach Cowan and Stephen Kelly got the goals to take their side to the final, which will be at Broughshane.  They will face Scottish side St Mirren after the Scots beat FC America 4-3.  Tyrone’s Kerr wasn’t the only boy to score four on Thursday as Luke Douglas for St Mirren raced to the top of the scoring charts with four of his own, taking his goal return for the tournament to seven.  

Charlton Athletic came out victors in an all English affair in the Premier Section Globe, defeating Stevenage 4-1 at Broughshane.  The London outfit triumphed thanks to goals from Harry Bingham, Chibizo Okoli, Harry Randall and Lesecond Yeutembip in a game that saw Alfie Robinson receive his marching orders for Stevenage.  

They will face Canadians Prospects 2 Pro Academy in the Globe final after they dismantled Scottish giants Rangers 3-0 at Anderson Park.  Andreas Zaprianov stole the show with two goals for the Canadians who will face Charlton Athletic at Anderson Park on Friday.  Kick-off for that final will be at 2.30pm.  

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Maurice Bradley