Five young Inishowen soccer players will feature for Finn Harps U17s in the Mark Farren national cup final on Saturday.

The talented quintet - who all featured in the Carn CS squad that lifted the prestigious Tony O'Neill All-Ireland schools title this season - will line out in Ballybofey to face Cork City in the battle for the cup named after one of the peninsula's most gifted soccer players, Mark Farren.

Isle of Doagh native Corey McBride, who joined the youth set-up at Finn Park last July, says it would be a dream come true to land a national trophy in his first full season at the club.

The 17-year-old told the Inish Times: "It's the only cup competition the U17s play in, so it would be brilliant to win on Saturday.

"We were away in three out of last four cup matches, so it's great to be handed the home advantage now. I scored in the first round against Derry City, so it would be nice to round things off  by getting a goal in the final."

And 'pocket rocket' McBride says the fact that his Inishowen teammates also played alongside him in the all-conquering Carn CS squad should stand them in good stead when the whistle blows at Finn Park on Saturday night.

Luke Rudden (Malin), Jack Doherty (Clonmany) and Carn pair Nathan Logue and Lee McLaughlin are likewise no strangers to the big occasion, and they will all be looking to add another piece of silverware to their impressice CVs.

Said McBride: "All five of us have been together up here since the start of the year, and things are going really well. We tend to travel up to training together and we link up well on the pitch.

"We've only lost once this year, to St Pat's, so hopefully we can go out now on Saturday and win this final."

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