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Friday 28 Apr 2023
Northern Ireland Boys’ FA Finals Day to feature nine matches

The Riada Stadium in Ballymoney is set to host this season’s Northern Ireland Boys’ Football Association Cup and Plate finals on Monday (1 May).

It promises to be an action-packed day, with the first match due to start at 10.30am and the last encounter scheduled to kick off at 3.45pm.

There will be nine finals in total on the day: seven Cup deciders and two Plate finals.

NIBFA revealed 565 teams from across Northern Ireland entered the various competitions (U11 to U17) this season, which was a record number of entries.

Admission to the games at the Co Antrim venue on Monday will cost £5 for adults (including official programme) and £1 for children under 16.

All proceeds raised from this year’s Finals Day will go to Children’s Heartbeat Trust, which is NIBFA’s nominated charity.

First up on Monday on 3G at the Riada complex is the U13 Cup final between Portstewart and Cliftonville (10.30am), while the U15 Cup decider between Crusaders and Linfield is due to get under way on Pitch 1 (grass) at 11am.

Greenisland will take on Glenavon in the U14 Cup final on 3G at 12.15pm, while Hillsborough Boys are set to face Limavady Youth in the U16 Cup decider on Pitch 1 at 1pm.

Rathfriland and Maiden City will battle it out for the U11 Plate at 2pm on 3G, while the U11 Cup final is scheduled to start at 2.15pm on 3G. Crusaders A and Coleraine FC Colts will be crossing swords in that one.

The U17 Cup decider between St Oliver Plunkett and Seapatrick is set to be staged on Pitch 1 (3pm start) and the U12 Plate final featuring Glenavon and Glentoran B is scheduled to kick off on 3G at 3.30pm.

The ninth final of the day (U12 Cup) will see Crusaders A and Rosario face each other on 3G. It’s due to start at 3.45pm.