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Thursday 08 Feb 2024
Harry Cavan Youth Cup | Semi-finals round-up

Larne and Crusaders will contest this season's Harry Cavan Youth Cup decider following victories in their respective semi-finals this week.

Larne U18s booked their place in the final courtesy of a 1-0 defeat of Maiden City U18 at Stangmore Park on Monday evening.

Jack Hastings bagged the winner just after the hour mark. A Jude O'Hara cross from wide on the right eventually fell to him and he took the ball past a couple of defenders to slot home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Larne got past Glenavon on penalties in the first round, following that up with a convincing four-goal defeat of Craigavon City before defeating Coleraine 4-2 in the third round. Annagh United were then swept aside 5-1 in the last eight ahead of Monday's victory over Maiden City.

And they were joined in the decider by Crusaders U18s after they edged past Dungannon Swifts U18s by the same scoreline at Seaview on Wednesday night.

In a closely fought affair, it took a mix-up in the Swifts defence with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining to allow Ryan Donnelly to settle the tie with a close range finish.

Crusaders' route so far has seen them hit double figures in a second round win over Newry City, although a much closer 2-1 victory over Institute followed in the next stage. They were back amongst the goals in the quarter-finals, however, knocking four past Ballymena United.

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