Friday 22 September 2017

Dublin rivals face off in title decider

TODAY'S SFAI Kennedy Cup final at the University of Limerick will be an all-Dublin affair.

Defending champions Dublin & District Schoolboys (DDSL) League hammered the Limerick District League 5-0 in the first of the semi-finals, while the North Dublin Schoolboys League (NDSL) beat Cork 4-3 in a penalty-kick shoot-out after a 0-0 draw.

Belvedere ace Daniel McKenna with a brace, Michael Nzingo, Richie English and Tristan Moran were on target for the DDSL, who will be bidding to win the competition for the 28th time since it began in 1976.

The NDSL, who beat the DDSL in the 2011 final, overcame Cork in the shoot-out thanks to goals from Jason Grouse, Robbie Dunne, Lee Rock and Warren O'Hara.

VALDES TO LEAVE BARCA AFTER ONE MORE SEASON

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes will play out the last season of his contract with Barcelona, according to club president Sandro Rosell.

The Spain international, who has just arrived in Brazil with the world and European champions for the Confederations Cup, has rejected the chance to renew his deal with the La Liga champions beyond 2014.

The 31-year-old has said he would like to experience playing in a different league after almost a decade as Barca's No 1 choice.

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas has dismissed speculation suggesting he wants to leave the Nou Camp.

Fabregas, who returned to Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011, has been linked recently with a move back to the Premier League. However, the 26-year-old said: "Whoever says that I'm leaving doesn't know me and has never spoken with me."

HEARTS SQUAD UP FOR SALE AS CRISIS MOUNTS

Hearts have put all of their players up for sale as their financial turmoil grows.

The administrator of Ukio Bankas, to whom the Tynecastle club owe £15m, said that he had "no reason or desire to harm Hearts" after a Lithuanian court upheld a decision to liquidate the bank.

Hearts are already facing a winding-up order by the UK tax authorities.

Irish Independent

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