Football glory across multiple fronts

Success in the under 13s' final provided Portadown Youth with a first taste of NIBFA National Cup glory in cup history.

Success in the under 13s' final provided Portadown Youth with a first taste of NIBFA National Cup glory in cup history.

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Portadown Youth players have clocked up some landmark achievements across the closing stages of the season.

Three teams representing the town club returned home from Scotland as champions at the Ayr-based Festival Of Football.

Portadown Youth finished with two wins across the under 14s and one in the under 13s.

The Ayr winners will now progress into July’s ESF Finale programme at the University of Warwick Football Centre.

On the domestic front, the under 13s won a first NIBFA National Cup in Portadown Youth history.

The under 13s defeated Lisburn Rangers in the showpiece final.

The under 11s lost out in the final to Lurgan Town across extra-time.

Success has also arrived in the under 14s’ Lisburn League Cup. Portadown Youth came out on top over Lisburn Youth by 3-0.

See next week’s ‘Times’ for coverage of the seven sides involved in this year’s Craigavon Cup.

Portadown Youth came home as group winners across a string of age sections in Saturday’s Craigavon Cup - with two sides home as runners-up and other teams reaching the semi-finals.

In the overall standings for the Top Academy prize, Portadown Youth lost out to Derry City by a single point.

Seven teams lined out in club colours from the under nines to under 12s.

Three foundation sides were involved in Loughgall Youth’s tournament at Richhill Recreation Centre.