Corinthian Boys Triumph In Holland

Corinthian Boys Triumph in Holland

 

Under 11's bring home the Cup –

What an amazing few weeks for the Corinthian Boys Under 11 team, they currently lie on top of the Cork Schoolboys Premier Division and are through to the local cup semi final. And over the Easter weekend they travelled to Holland to take part in the Haringvliet Cup.

Based in Hellevoetsluis approx 20 Kms from Rotterdam, the tournament attracts teams from all over the continent. The boys played five games over the weekend starting with their first game against Frem Bjaeverskov from Denmark. This was a comfortable opener as the lads raced to a 9-0 victory with Ian James (20, Kevin O' Connor (2), Mark Parkes (2) and one each from Luke Connolly, Ryan Levis and Andrew Healy. After that easy start Corinthians faced up to Ditch opposition next when they took on Nieuwenhoorn. This was a much tougher contest with Corinthians falling behind early on but showing a great attitude, Corinthians fought back and goals by Ian James (2), Alan Cronin and Kevin O' Connor gave Corinthians an excellent 4-1 victory. Corinthians next game and their third game of the day was against another Dutch side Rockanje and fatigue from the previous days travel had set in at this stage and Corinthians went down 2-0.

However the earlier results had put our lads through to the semi finals. In the semi finals they took on Hungarian side LK Gardony Videoton who had won their section and were favourites to win the tournament. The Hungarian side were physically very strong with good foot balling ability. After a titanic struggle and a super goal from Andrew Healy, it looked as if we had booked our place in the final but with time running out the Hungarian side snatched a deserved equaliser. It was now down to the agony or ecstasy of a penalty shootout. It was Corinthians who held their nerve and James Furlong, Kevin O' Connor, Alan Cronin and Luke Connolly all scored to put Corinthians through to the final. The final was against old rivals Dutch side Rockanje and was to be played at the grounds of Dutch Second Division side FC Vlotburg.

This time Corinthian's were well up for the challenge and dominated from the very start playing some great football, eventually Corinthians grabbed a deserved lead when Ian James scored with a superb lob. If anything Corinthians upped their performance in the second half and their Dutch opponents could not cope and eventually the pressure told with Alan Cronin scoring with a superb strike from close range. There was no way back for their Dutch opponents after this and held on for a comfortable 2-0 victory. It was the second time a Corinthians side had won an international tournament as this followed up the victory by Joe O' Connell's Under Eleven side in the Solar Travel World Cup in Liverpool in 2002.

. The accommodation was excellent on site with a Bowling arena, an Indoor Swimming Pool, Beach soccer area and an Amusement Arcade. On the social side, the lads visited the Amsterdam Arena home to Ajax FC

Well done to the Trip organisers Brian O' Connor, Alf Parkes and Kieran O' Donovan and to all the players and parents who travelled – you were a credit to the Club.

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