David Healy gets among the trophies at finals

Linfield manager, David Healy, was among the trophies on Saturday, but it was only to hand them over at the Lisburn Junior Invitational Shield finals at Lisburn Recreation Centre.

Healy delighted many youngsters when he was present at the finals to distribute the awards, which included a huge globe of the world with a footballer peering out for the player of the match awards at the finals.

Windmill players celebrate their victory in the under-12 final against Ridgeway. US1601-503cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Windmill players celebrate their victory in the under-12 final against Ridgeway. US1601-503cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

The trophy was the brainchild of Ironside Trophies and sponsored by Lisburn Leisureplex. It was almost as tall as an 11-year-old.

Unfortunately, the weather wrecked the finals with four - under-13, under-14, under-15 and under-16 - scheduled for grass pitches having to be called off because of sodden pitches.

Three did survive with the 11s and 12s played on the 3G pitch at the Recreation Centre and another, the 17s, played on Sunday at Crumlin 3G pitch.

Ridgeway Rovers had a sensational 1-0 win over Bertie Peacock Youth in the under-11s, but they lost the under-12 final 3-2 to Windmill Stars.

In the decider at Crumlin Lisburn Rangers lost 3-0 to Willowbank Youth in the under-17s.

Despite the weather there was a large crowd at both venues, but the Lisburn Youth League committee have now the problem of deciding when to play the remaining four finals.

Under-17: Lisburn Rangers Youth 0

Willowbank Youth 3

Rangers bid fails

Lisburn Rangers Youth failed in their bid to win the Under-17 Shield final at Crumlin 3G pitch on Sunday.

Although they created scoring chances Rangers failed to take them and were foiled by a dependable and sound display by man-of-the-match, Willowbank keeper, Patrick Morgan.

Willowbank won the under-16 Cup at the end of last season and the same team moved to under-17 level to pick up the under-17 Shield.

Paul Kennedy put them ahead after ten minutes with a finish from 25 yards and ten minutes later Ryan McCabe headed in a free kick.

The game was finally sealed in injury time when Lee McGuinness added a third goal.

Under-11: Bertie

Peacock Youth 0

Ridgeway Rovers 1

Ridgeway stun Bertie Peacock

There was a shock win for Ridgeway Rovers against a Bertie Peacock Youth team who had beaten them 12-2 in the nine-a-side friendlies which are played each week.

It was the type of turn around that leaves football pundits in disbelief and to add to the fairy tale the winning goal was headed in at a corner kick by a certain Jude Healy - no relation of David.

Ridgeway were well in the game in the first-half, but it was the Peacocks who strutted their stuff in the second-half to no avail against a determined Rovers.

The man-of-the-match did go to a Bertie Peacock player - the outstanding Taylor McBride.

Under-12: Windmill Stars 3 Ridgeway Rovers 2

Windmill still on trail of three trophies

Ross Cunningham kept Windmill Stars on a three trophy trail when he scored a spectacular winner with just seven minutes left against Ridgeway Rovers in the under-12 final at the Lisburn Youth Shield nine-a-side finals at Lisburn Recreation Centre on Saturday morning.

Windmill can complete the treble when the under-13 and under-14 finals are played at a later date, but Cunningham’s shot from 25 yards and out wide was a goal worthy of winning any match.

Lee O’Hare put Windmill ahead when he pounced after the keeper spilled the ball, but Ridgeway were 2-1 ahead at half-time.

Matthew Leckey levelled the score when he volleyed home from close range and a good shot from Reece Annett put Rovers ahead.

O’Hare’s second goal put Windmill level and the game appeared to be heading for extra time when Cunningham fired home into the corner of the net from 25 yards.

A Max Shannon free kick bounced back of the crossbar in the last minute but Ridgeway were denied extra time.

The scorer of two goals for Windmill, Lee O’Hare, was presented with the man-of-the-match award.

League say thanks

Lisburn Junior Invitational League chairman, Stanley Sheppard, thanked several people for their assistance in staging the fnals.

The Daily Mirror for providing the awards, McDonalds, Lisburn Leisureplex, who provided the man-of-the-match awards and Order of Malta, Dromore for being on hand to deal with any medical emergencies.

He also thanked the League committee and all others who had helped in any way.

South Antrim League

A total wash out

The South Antrim League programme was totally washed out on Saturday, following a week of heavy rain.

Gordon Hanna Trophy gets under way

The first and second round draws for the Gordon Hanna Trophy have been made.

Second round: Glaston v Ballymacash YM III, 10th Old Boys or Sandy Row II v Victoria Ath, Belvoir FC or Colin Valley III v Glenavy III or Lambeg Rgs, Warren YM v Ballymacash YM II or 1st Lisburn II, Woodvale YM or Sandy Row II v Belvoir FC II, FC Utd Lisburnn or Taughmonagh YM v Moira Albion II or Bloomfield III, Orangefield OB III or 1st Lisburn v Ballymacash YM or Warren YM II, Ballymacash Rgs III v South Antrim or Harmony Hill.