Ireland Under 18s reclaim John Coughlan Cup

Published: Friday, 01 March 2019 12:41
Republic of Ireland home based Under Eighteens reclaimed the John Coughlan Memorial Cup when a 3-2 win in Bala Town saw them overcome Wales 4-2 on aggregate. After Josh Derham's goal saw Ireland win 1-0 on Tuesday, this 3-2 win yesterday saw the lads reclaim the cup which Wales had won in Tramore last year. Crumlin United's Rian Ashe gave Ireland the lead but two goals from Wales had them in front as the game approached the break before Ashe scored his second to equalise and Donegal man Aaron McDaid scored just before half time to give the Republic of Ireland victory
Well done to all six LFA players, and indeed the whole squad, on this achievement

LFA members: Conor Brady (Naas FC), Rian Ashe (Crumlin United), Eanna Doyle (Cloughbawn AFC), Josh Derham (Naas FC), Niall Connolly (North End United), Jack Doyle (Stella Maris)

Two crucial ties down for this weekend

Published: Thursday, 28 February 2019 11:49
Two big games down for decision will see the last LFA Junior Cup Fourth Round game being played while also seeing the first of the four LFA Junior Shield quarter finals.

In the O Neills LFA Junior Cup Fourth Round, LSL side Ardmore Rovers travel to Wexford to take on last years FAI Junior Cup winners, North End United. This game will kick off at 2pm on the newly laid pitch in Hollygrove, which is in Wexford town, for anyone travelling down from Bray. A tough game away to Booth Road Celtic will await the winners

In the last eight of the O Neills LFA Junior Shield, Straffan FC from Kildare will host Iveagh Celtic from the LSL in what promises to be a very close encounter. The game kicks off at 2pm and both sides will be eager to progress in what is one of the provinces most sought after trophy

Results of both games will be posted here on Sunday evening and best of luck to all four sides

Josh scores winner for Ireland Under 18s

Published: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 18:38
Naas FC and LFA Youth Josh Derham was the hero for the Republic of Ireland last night in Wales when his goal proved to be the difference between the two sides in the first leg of the John Coughlan Memorial Cup. His second half goal was the only goal of a very closely contested encounter with Irish manager Jim Crawford delighted with the performance of his side as they head into Thursday's second leg in a very positive frame of mind. Wales are the holders of this cup, which they won in Tramore last February, but Crawford is determined to bring the trophy back to Dublin on Thursday evening before he takes up his role as coach with Stephen Kenny's Under Twenty One's
The match on Thursday is in Bala Town's ground and kicks off at 2pm

Six players from LFA on Rep of Ireland Under 18 squad

Published: Monday, 25 February 2019 11:51
Six players from the successful LFA Youth Inter Provincial squad have been selected on the Republic of Ireland Under Eighteen squad that are currently in Wales for two games which will be played Tuesday and Thursday. Conor Brady and Josh Derham, both from Naas, Eanna Doyle (Cloughbawn), Jack Doyle (Stella Maris) and Niall Connolly (North End United) were all part of the Leinster squad that won the FAI Youth Inter Provincial last October in Cork and as a result, have been selected for the Republic of Ireland.
The squad will play two games against Wales for the John Coughlan Cup, the first of these games is Tuesday February 26th at 7pm in Cefn Druids with the second leg in Bala Town on Thursday at 2pm
LFA manager Joey Malone is delighted with the selection of these players to the Ireland squad and wishes all six the best of luck. 
These players are also in line for a trip to Germany in April when the LFA squad will travel to Frankfurt to take on the Hessen FA
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