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NDSL to face champs DDSL in final after shoot-out

It will be an all-Dublin Umbro Kennedy Cup final for the second year out of three after both the DDSL and NDSL won their semi-finals in Limerick yesterday.

The DDSL remain on course to defend their title after they completed a comfortable 5-0 win against local favourites, the Limerick District League.

The Dublin side opened the scoring after 20 minutes when their captain, Daniel McKenna, fired superbly into the top corner and just five minutes later the lead was doubled when Mike Nzingo found the back of the net.

The second half saw the DDSL continue to dominate. They made it three when Richard English also picked out the top corner from 25 yards, before Belvedere youngster McKenna scored again a minute later. The rout was complete when Tristan Moran scored with four minutes left.

In the second semi-final, the NDSL didn't have it quite as easy, as they needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Cork Schoolboys.

After a scoreless 70 minutes, in which the Dublin side had the better off the first half and Cork certainly shaded the second, it was left to the drama of penalties and it was the NDSL who got the better of it, winning 4-3.

'Keeper Oisín McCarthy made a vital penalty save, while Jason Grouse, Robbie Dunne, Warren O'Hora and Lee Rock all found the net to ensure that both Dublin League's would take centre stage again in today's final.

Earlier in the day, the SDFL were stunned in the Shield semi-finals as they threw away a 2-0 interval lead to lose 4-2 to the North East Counties. They rallied later in the day, though, in the Shield play-offs by beating West Cork. They won 3-2 on penalties to claim 19th position overall.