Blackpool Cup 2004
Blackpool Cup Easter 2004
Six of the Club's Schoolboys teams travelled abroad during the Easter Holiday period with four squads heading to Blackpool in the UK for the Blackpool Cup and two going to Rotterdam in Holland for the "Haring Vliet Cup". The Dutch trip turned out to be a fabulous success with our Under Eleven squad bringing home the silverware after some tremendous victories. Congratulations to Brian, Alf & Kieran and their squad on such an outstanding achievement. Though not as successful as our Dutch counterparts in terms of silverware won , the Blackpool trip was nevertheless a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all concerned.
The Blackpool Cup has been running since 1994 and has attracted many teams from Cork over the years. This years tournament which catered for age groups from Under 9 to Under 18 attracted over 130 teams from seven different countries. Blessed with good weather the programme ran very smoothly with all games starting spot on time. Games were played at the Common Edge playing fields, council pitches which were of a reasonable standard..
The four teams who travelled to Blackpool comprised of two were Under 15 sides, and one Under 13 and one under 12 squad. It was our Under 12's who led the way with some fine team performances, winning their section before losing out to Shankhill Junior BC from Northern Ireland in the semi final. Their results were as follows.
Corinthian Boys 2 Ards Youth Club ( NI ) 0
Abdrew Neville, Stephen Thornhill
Corinthian Boys 3 Killyleagn BFC ( NI ) 1
John Forrest, Kevin Kelleher, Shane Keane
Corinthian Boys 1 Bridge Of Earn Kinito ( SC ) 0
Kevin O' Regan
Corinthian Boys 0 Forgewood (SC) 0
Corinthian Boys 2 Alba Thistle ( SC) 0
Kevin Kelleher, Stephen Thornhill
Corinthian Boys top their section and are drawn to play Shankhill Boys in the Semi Final.
Corinthian Boys 0 Shankhill Boys ( NI ) 3
The physical size and strength of Shankhill proved too much for our lads and they deservedly ran out 3-0 winners. However our Under 12 coaching team of Brendan Manley, Tony O' Regan and Padraig Keating were delighted with the squads efforts.
Our Under 13 First Division squad had shown improved league form in the build up to the tournament and boosted by these results and receiving plenty of encouragement from their mentors John Corcoran, Bertie Murphy and Kevin Murphy they performed with great credit against some very strong opposition.. Their results were
Corinthian Boys 0 Canbusnethan BC ( SC ) 1
Corinthian Boys 4 Loughenten Juniors ( ENG ) 0
Eoin Newman (2), Robert Creagh, Michael Carroll
Corinthian Boys 0 Lakewood ( IR ) 1
Corinthian Boys 0 Syngenta Juveniles ( SC) 4
Corinthian Boys 1 Seton BC (SC)
Breffini Mc Carthy
Fair Play Award
The teams terrific attitude was recognised by the tournament organisers when our Under 13's were awarded the Blackpool Cup Fair Play award for 2004. Well done to all concerned.
Our Under 15 Premier side started the tournament in fine form with two excellent victories 4-0 against Seton BC and 2-0 against FB Denmark. However they came unstuck against old foes and eventual winners Everton ( Cork ) going down 1-0. Their final game against eventual finalists Knockbreda finished 1-1. For Brendan Manley's charges it was definitely a case of what might have been. Their results were
Corinthian Boys 4 Seton BC ( SC ) 0
Darren O' Leary (2), Ian Tyrell (2)
Corinthian Boys 2 FB Denmark 0
Eric Hegarty, David Meyler
Corinthian Boys 0 Everton 1
Corinthian Boys 1 Knockbreda (NI) 1
Our Under 15 First Division squad under the guidance of Dan Cronin, John Neville and Alan Perrott played with great heart and sparit throughout the tournament and provided a stern test for all opposition. They opened with a 1-1 draw against St Anthonys and further good performances against some strong opposition represented
A major step forward for our lads. Their results were
Corinthian Boys 1 St. Anthonys (IR) 1
Corinthian Boys 0 Port Of Glasgow (SC) 2
Corinthian Boys 1 Cedar Vale (Eng) 3
Corinthian Boys 0 Beechwood BC (SC) 3
While the football action was enjoyed by all, the undoubted highlight of the trip for the schoolboys was the visit to Blackpool's world famous Pleasure Beech Park . The high speed roller coasters held no fears for the travelling party and everyone bar Tom O' Brien and Paul Lombard who got a little wet, had the experience of a lifetime. The group also enjoyed an evening Ten Pin Bowling where Eric Hegarty's expertise on the Pool Table proved too much for the locals.
Finally, the coaches and parents who travelled to Blackpool would like to compliment all our schoolboys on their excellent behaviour. They were great ambassadors for the Club. Well done to all concerned.