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Centenary Shield
Competition Date 27/01/2020
U18 Centenary Shield Fixtures 2019-20

Friday 6 March                  SSFA V NISFA   Beith KO1300
Wednesday 11 March        NISFA V WSFA  Queens University Belfast KO1400
Thursday 19 March           FAIS V SSFA      Home Farm Dublin KO1300
Friday 27 March                NISFA V ESFA   Portadown  KO1900  
Friday 3 April                    SSFA V WSFA    Renfrew FC KO1300
Friday 3 April                    ESFA V FAIS     Spennymoor Town FC KO1900
Thursday 9 April               ESFA V SSFA     North Ferriby FC KO1900
Thursday 16 April             WSFA V FAIS    Caernarfon FC KO1900
Sunday 26 April                WSFA V ESFA    Penybont FC KO 1900
TBC                                    FAIS v NISFA

U18 Centenary Shield Fixtures 2018-19

Thursday 7 March 2019 – NISFA U18 1 SSFA U18 0

Friday 8 March 2019 – ESFA U18 0 WSFA U18 1

Thursday 14 March 2019 – WSFA U18 0 NISFA 1

Friday 22 March 2019 – SSFA U18 0 ESFA U18 2

Thursday 28 March 2019 – SSFA U18 1 FAIS U18 1

Friday 5 April 2019 – ESFA U18 0 NISFA U18 0

Thursday 11 April 2019 – WSFA U18 1 SSFA U18 2

Friday 12 April 2019 – FAIS U18 0 ESFA U18 2

Thursday 18 April 2019 – NISFA U18 3 FAIS U18 1

Thursday 25 April 2019 – FAIS U18 5 WSFA U18 3

Centenary Shield Table 2019
  P W D L F A Pts
Northern Ireland 4 3 1 0 5 1 10
England 4 2 1 1 4 1 7
Republic of Ireland 4 1 1 2 7 9 4
Scotland 4 1 1 2 3 5 4
Wales 4 1 0 3 5 8 3

Match reports;

Northern Ireland v Scotland

England 0-1 Wales
Report available, with pictures, at–-Centenary-Shield-–-FULL-MATCH-REPORT.pdf

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Scotland 0-2 England
Report available, with pictures, at

Scotland 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Josh Mulligan (44) Brandon Bermingham (47)
A goal either side of the half time interval ensured a stalemate for the Scottish outfit over new recruits, the Republic of Ireland in the visitors first run out of the season tonight in Ayr United FC.
Scotland on the other hand secured their first point out of a possible nine which will now see them heading into their final game of the Shield campaign in a fortnight’s time away to Wales.
William O’Connor’s side will regroup now following the one point gained as England come to town on April 12 for the second fixture of their 2019 schedule.
Neither side really created any clear cut chances on the half hour mark but within seconds of each other both Scotland and the Republic had hit the woodwork, the Irish opportunity falling to St. Joseph’s College scholar Colin Kelly.
Scottish maestro Josh MULLIGAN popped up just before the break to slot past the industrious David Odumosu to take a slight advantage into the second period.
However we didn’t have to wait long for the equalizer as St. Mary’s grad Brandon BERMINGHAM netted for the Republic with just two minutes on the clock.
Irish Captain Niall O’Keeffe (De La Salle College, Waterford) put in a sterling performance for his side throughout the 90 minutes as well as some exceptional saves from O’Fiaich College student David Odumosu to keep the Irish in contention.
Oatland’s College youngster Jake Ellis missed a gilt edged chance to take the lead for O’Connor’s crew as he was one on one with Scotland’s goalkeeper Heraghty but couldn’t avail of the opportunity afforded to him as the sides played out an entertaining draw.
Next week will see top of the table contenders, Northern Ireland away to England on Friday night. Frank Wilson’s charges have snatched two valuable wins in their opening exchanges, firstly at home to Scotland and more importantly away to Wales last week. Momentum will be high in the camp heading into this crunch decider.

Republic of Ireland 0-2 England

Second half goals from Isaac Sinclair and Connor Taylor gave England all three points in the SAFIB Centenary Shield fixture against the Republic of Ireland at Dalymount Park tonight (April 12).
The result puts a dent in the Irish hopes of retaining the Shield but with games still to come during the next fortnight against Northern Ireland in Belfast and Wales at Home Farm Head Coach William O’Connor will remain optimistic about repeating last year’s success.
Both sides had first half chances to get on target with the Ireland striker Jake Ellis (Oatland’s College), hitting the side netting with one effort after getting in on Lee McLaughlin’s through ball.
While Yeat’s College star Donal Higgins fired over with a 25 yard drive and both Colin Kelly and Daragh Ellison both went close.
England too might have gone ahead with Dean Rule forcing a brilliant save from goalkeeper David Odumosu and later Owen Windsor shaved the Irish cross bar with a free kick from the left flank.
A mistake by Odumosu then gifted England the opener on the hour mark. The Irish ‘keeper failed to control Honohan’s back pass and Sinclair was on hand to poke the ball over the line.
Connor Taylor doubled the lead ten minutes later when he touched home a corner at the far post to seal the win. Little was seen of the Irish as an attacking force after the break with just a Kelly shot from inside the box  blocked. A disappointing result for the Irish who promised so much in the opening half.
O’Connor’s charges will regroup now as they travel to Belfast to take on table toppers Northern Ireland on Thursday next in Queens University.
The scholars will then finish their campaign against the Welsh in Home Farm the following week, hoping for two major wins on the bounce to keep their title ambitions alive.

Northern Ireland 3-1 Republic of Ireland
Andrew Whiteside (35), Callum Ferris (37, 70), Ross Tierney (58)

A 3-1 defeat on a disappointing evening in Belfast put paid to the Republic of Ireland Schools’ chances of retaining the SAFIB Centenary Shield and saw Northern Ireland claim outright victory in the five nation competition for the first time since 2013 last night (April 18) in Queens University reports John HUDSON.

The home side’s win clinched the top spot three points ahead of England and left the Republic still awaiting their first victory in the Shield after a draw in Scotland followed by a defeat to England at Dalymount Park last Friday night.
Their final game against Wales in Home Farm FC next Thursday (April 25) will give William O’Connor’s squad the opportunity to claim a first win and take the third position.
The Republic had the better of the first half up until the final ten minutes when they managed to concede two goals in the space of a couple of minutes.
Earlier Colin Kelly (St. Joseph’s College) might have opened the scoring with a dangerous cross ball effort that forced full back Malachy Smith to head over his own crossbar with goalkeeper Ruadhan McKenna well beaten.
Then Yeats College star Dónal Higgins burst through from midfield and tested McKenna with a smart volley.
Carndonagh CS pupil Jack Doherty popped up moments later but his effort sailed over the upright following good work from Kelly and Bermingham.
The best chance came on the half hour mark with Trim youngster James Clarke delivering a high ball in front the left that left McKenna scrambling to push over the crossbar and from the resulting short corner Kelly’s thunderous drive struck the underside of the bar and rebound to safety.
Again Clarke, Doherty and Higgins combined well as Bermingham hit the side netting moments later.
That was as good as it got for the visitors as shortly after Northern Ireland went ahead.
McKenna’s long clearance wasn't dealt with by the Republic defenders and Andrew Whiteside was allowed to run on and beat a helpless David Odumosu.
Minutes later things got worse as Callum Ferris doubled the lead when he followed up to beat Odumosu from close in after his initial headed had been parred by the Republic ‘keeper.
The introduction of Ross Tierney for Clarke at half time sparked the prospect of a come-back for O’Connor’s side and the lively Tierney of St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall did manage to pull a goal back on 58 minutes.
Coming in off the left flank Tierney worked his way close to the back line and his finish from a narrow angle beat McKenna at this near post.
Later Brandon Bermingham (St. Mary’s DS, Drogheda) might have struck the equaliser but his effort was easily gathered by McKenna.
Callum Ferris sealed the win for Northern Ireland with 20 minutes remaining when he cleverly turned the ball past Odumosu after connecting with a well delivered Smith free kick.
The Republic of Ireland will conclude this season’s Centenary Shield series as they entertain the Welsh dragons in Whitehall on Thursday evening. A win for O’Connor’s side would be sufficient for the scholar’s endeavours all year.

Republic of Ireland 5-3 Wales
Brandon Bermingham (10, 35), Daragh Ellison (67), Corey McBride (78), Ross Tierney (93) Lee Jenkins (54, 82), Bobby Beaumont (60)

Republic of Ireland 5  Wales 3
THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND side closed their season with a 5-3 defeat of Wales in a thrilling game at Home Farm FC tonight (April 25)
Holders the Republic of Ireland had finally relinquished their hold on the Centenary Shield last week when they went down 3-1 to Northern Ireland in Belfast, a result that clinched the title for the northern boys.
However to end the season on a high with a defeat of Wales, their first win of the four game series, gave William O’Connor’s side a boost.
Josh Honohan (St. Francis College, Rochestown) captained the side that saw two late replacements introduced as Gearóid Mulligan (Summerhill College, Sligo) replaced Dónal Higgins (Yeats College, Galway) and Jack O’Connor (St. Louis CS, Kiltimagh) came in for Jake Ellis (Oatland’s College, Dublin)
Ireland dominated the opening half with local lad Ross Tierney of St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall catching the eye and they had taken a two goal lead by the break with Brandon Bermingham (St. Mary’s DS, Drogheda) netting both of the goals.
The first from the penalty spot on ten minutes after he was taken down in the box by goalkeeper Eric Green.
The second arrived with ten minutes remaining in the half and like the first goal it was set up by a sublime through pass from the lively Ross Tierney.

Wales made four changes for the second half and their positive start saw them level by the hour mark.
Central defenders skipper Lee Jenkins and Bobby Beaumont grabbed the goals with both coming from well delivered free kicks into the Ireland box by Jake Hampton.
St. Eunan’s grad Daragh Ellison restored the home advantage seven minutes later with a cool finish at the back post after Colin Kelly’s free kick and beaten the Wales back line.
Substitute Corey Mc Bride went on to stretch the lead to 4-2 on 78 minutes after he latched on to a loose ball and beat Gardiner when his free kick came off the Wales defensive wall.
The visitors hit back quickly and Jenkins struck home, his second of the game from another Hampton free with ten minutes remaining.
But Tierney competed the scoring, in time added on, when a goalkeeping mistake presented him with an unguarded goal and he duly stroked the ball home.

U18 Centenary Shield Fixtures 2017-18

15 Feb Wales 1 RoI 2
Match report;
9 Mar Scotland 0 N Ireland 0

15 Mar NI 1 Wales 1

16 Mar England 0 RoI 0
Match report;
23 Mar England 0 Scotland 2
Match report;
29 Mar Wales 1 England 0
Match report;
           RoI 0 NI 0
Match report;
6 Apr   NI 3 England 1
Match report;
12 Apr RoI 3 Scotland 1
Match report;
19 Apr Scotland 2 Wales 3
Match report;

League table 2018
  P W D L F A Pts
Republic of Ireland 4 2 2 0 5 2 8
Wales 4 2 1 1 6 5 7
Northern Ireland 4 1 3 0 4 2 6
Scotland 4 1 1 2 5 6 4
England 4 0 1 3 1 6 1

U18 Centenary Shield 2016-17

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  P W D L F A Pts
England 4 3 0 1 16 9 9
Northern Ireland 4 3 0 1 10 4 9
Scotland 4 2 0 2 8 8 6
Republic of Ireland 4 2 0 2 6 8 6
Wales 4 0 0 3 4 15 0

The InspireSport Centenary Shield 2016.

The fixtures for the 2016 InspireSport Centenary Shield are as follows;

Dates and venues for InspireSport Centenary Shield matches 2016 were as follows;

26 February 2016 Lesser Hampden KO 1900
Scotland 1 Northern Ireland 1
match reports to follow soon.

4 March 2016 Comber Rec FC KO 1600
Northern Ireland 1 England 2
Match report

17 March 2016 Arklow Town FC KO 1500
Republic of Ireland 0 Northern Ireland 0

18 March 2016 Bangor City FC KO 1900
Wales 1 England 2
Match report

24 March 2016 Inverurie Loco FC KO 1930
Scotland 0 Wales 1

1 April 2016 Fleetwood Town FC KO 1900
England 2 Scotland 1

8 April 2016 The New Saints FC KO 1930
England 2 Republic of Ireland 2

14 April 2016 Kilarney Celtic Fc KO 1900
Republic of Ireland 3 Scotland 1

Comber Rec FC KO 1700
Northern Ireland 2 Wales 0

28 April
Wales 0 Republic of Ireland 3

League Table 2016
  P W D L F A Pts
ENGLAND 4 3 1 0 8 5 10
NORTHERN IRELAND 4 1 2 1 4 3 5
WALES 4 1 0 3 2 7 3
SCOTLAND 4 0 1 3 2 6 1

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