‘Major’ developments as Lou LOUTH GIRLS LGE Th Girls League cup draws completed
AFTER the excitement of the under-8s grassroots event the previous week and the Louth Under-13 girls’ performance against Wexford, last weekend was all about the Under-12s in the Louth School Girls League.
The Northern and Southern conferences finished on Saturday with Rock Celtic and Glen Magic in the top spots and the conferences now devolve and the placings for the 12 teams are used to decide the county-wide Major, Major 1 and Major 2 divisions for the league finale, with four teams in each division.
The teams will play each other once, setting up some tasty encounters, particularly as Rock Celtic, Glen Magic, Walshestown and Albion Rovers will fight it out for the title of 2020 LSGL Major League winners.
Also held on Sunday night was the draw for the Dundalk Credit Union Cup and Shield competitions.
With eight teams in the cup, the quarter-finals were structured so as to pitch Northern and Southern Conference teams against each other in the first round. The quarter=finals are first up on the busy schedule, to be played this coming Saturday, with four great looking match-ups as Albion Rovers take on Glen Magic, EMU Villains host Rock Celtic, Quay Celtic play EMU Rebels and Ardee host Walshestown.
Bellurgan enter the Shield draw after a fantastic win at the weekend against Albion Rovers, and they will fancy a good run, playing Termonfeckin Celtic in the semi-final.
Boyne Rovers play Castletown Belles in the other Shield semi.
Home advantage could prove crucial in all of these matches, and so there were many interested parties watching on as the fixtures were drawn out live on Facebook on Sunday night.
Robbie Corr, chairperson for the LSGL, did the draw on camera with help from EMU Villain Ruby and without interuption or technical hitches. However the WhatsApp group texts went into overdrive afterwards as coaches and players alike digested the outcome.
The under-10s and under-8s schedules continue on, and thankfully they avoided all of Sunday’s awful weather. Drogheda’s very own Little Wembley saw two great underage games on Saturday as first Castletown Belles visited Glen Magic for an under-10 match that had a lot of goals and some really strong midfield play. Madison Reynolds scored the pick of the bunch with a great goal from a tight angle outside the box.
That game was followed by East Meath United Gems taking on Glen Magic under-8s, a game where the parents and guardians spread out so much that they nearly surrounded the entire pitch. That made for a fantastic atmosphere and the shouts of support when both teams scored could possibly have been heard in Laytown, they were that loud.
All of the above matches are of course subject to staying at Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions.
Fixtures Saturday October 10th
LSGL Dundalk Credit Union Cup
Albion Rovers vs Glen Magic, Albion Rovers, 10am; Ardee Celtic vs Walshestown, Townparks, 10am; EMU Villains vs Rock Celtic, EMU, 2pm; Quay Celtic vs EMU Rebels, Clancy Park, 2:30pm.
LSGL Dundalk Credit Union Shield Bellurgan United vs Termonfeckin Celtic, Dundalk, 10am; Boyne Rovers vs Castletown Belles, Drogheda, 12 noon.
Albion Rovers vs Glen Magic, Albion Rovers, 12:30pm; Bellurgan Utd vs Quay Celtic, Dundalk, 12:30pm; Castletown Belles vs EMU Belles, Dundalk Sports Centre, 2:30pm; Rock Celtic vs Termonfeckin, Sandy Lane, 2:30pm.