Paris Cup 2008
PARIS CUP 2008
Corinthian Boys Under 12s travelled to Paris over the Easter weekend to compete in the Paris Cup. This was a European competition with teams from Germany, Italy, France and Ireland taking part.
The structure of the competition was two qualifying groups of four where each team played the others in their group and a Final between the two group winners then. All games were two x 20 minute halves.
Corinthians were drawn with two French sides and one Italian side in their group.
First up on Saturday was Caudacienne, the local team on whose ground the competition took place. This was an extremely physical game where the home side resorted to some nasty tactics when they found themselves being outplayed. Corinthians took the lead on 15 minutes from a corner delivered by Sean Walsh and dispatched to the net by the head of Rickard Cahalane at the second attempt. The second goal was scored by Ryan O'Brien in the 30th minute and the best was kept till last when a flowing move saw O'Brien released on the right and his pin-point cross was superbly headed home by Eoghan O'Connell. Some of the scenes at the full time whistle from the home side, both players and mentors, left a lot to be desired but Corinthians took the intimidation in their stride and did not react.
Next up was Ormesson, another local side, and this was a tamer affair than the first game. Corinthians did not rise to the heights of their first outing but nonetheless were always comfortable. Eoghan O'Connell opened the scoring on 15 minutes with a fine individual effort from 20 yards. Corinthians scored their second on 30 minutes when Sean Walsh finished from an acute angle after being put clear by O'Connell's quick free kick.
The final group game on Sunday saw Corinthians qualify comfortably with a 4-0 victory over a tired Serenissima side from Italy. Eoghan O'Connell on 10 minutes and Andrew Dorgan on 19 minutes had Corinthians 2-0 ahead at the break and further goals from an O'Connell penalty on 30 minutes and John Barry on 36 minutes completed the scoring.
Corinthians opponents in the final were French side Vogent Sub Marne. This was an extremely physically big side that had scored 17 goals in their qualifying group and were rated as favourites to win the tournament. After a hectic opening where both sides had good early chances, Corinthians went ahead on 12 minutes when Eoghan O'Connell dispatched a superb free kick from the edge of the area. This lead was held until two minutes into the second half when Vogent equalised after Corinthians failed to clear a corner. Corinthians though started to dominate the game and deservedly took the lead with two minutes left when Andrew Dorgan was put clear by Sean Walsh and slotted home from ten yards. Stephen Cronin accepted the trophy on behalf of a very excited group of Corinthian players.
Panel: Charlie Bornemann; John Barry; Richard Sweetnam; Stephen Cronin; Aaron Baldwin; Sean Walsh; Sean O'Mahony; Cian Murphy; Ryan O'Brien; Darragh Kiely; Andrew Dorgan; Charlie White; Rickard Cahalane; Eoghan O'Connell.