Street League Finals 2004

Street Leagues Finals  2004

The finals of the Clubs Annual Street Leagues took place on Sunday June 20th in Corinthians Park. The finals day is always the highlight of the schoolboy season when schoolboys and girls and their parents mix freely with Club coaches and members giving a lovely family atmosphere. 

Blessed with good weather on the day, a large crowd turned up to witness the action and to savour the occasion. The programme started bright and early with the first game played at 10.00am and the action continued at a hectic pace up to the presentation ceremony, which was timed for 2.45pm. Over 350 boys and girls took part in the eighteen different finals as well as the very popular penalty competitions. Our new schoolgirls section took part in the finals day for the very first time and they certainly made their presence felt. For those who were not directly involved in the action, there was plenty of other attractions with our ladies committee organising Face Painting and the very popular Story Telling for the younger generation.

While some families took advantage of the good weather and brought along their own picnic baskets, nobody was left feeling "peckish" with everyone involved receiving their own lunch bags. Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches, Ice Cream, Candy Floss etc were all available in the Marquis area.

The eighteen finals provided some fantastic entertainment for the spectators with plenty of thrills and spills and even the occasional tear. However when the dust finally settled after some fantastic football everyone was a winner. Street Leagues in Corinthians are all about participation, giving everyone involved the chance to play on a team. Winning or losing is not important and everyone who participates goes home with a trophy or medal. For the record the winners on the day were

 Street Leagues

Under Six :  F C Porto captained by Andrew Remo

Under Seven :  Barcelona captained by Mark Dolan

Under Eight : Cork City captained by Kevin Hodgins

Under Nine :  A C Milan captained by Brian Lenihan

Under Eleven : Marseille captained by Greg O' Riordain

Girls Final :  Italy captained by Sarah Clune

Penalties

Under Six :  Jack Buckley

Under Seven :  Daniel James

Under Eight : Cian Collins

Under Nine :  Darragh  Buckley

Under Eleven : David Barry

Girls :  Pamula Mackey

A more detailed report on the various finals together with all the team photographs will be available on the Clubs Web site shortly. The Clubs Web site is www.collegecorinthians.com

During the presentation ceremony, Ger Kilcommons Chairman of the Corinthians Schoolboy section made a special presentation to Fergus Mc Daid. After twelve years as manager of the Corinthians Senior team Fergie is taking a well deserved break. He has always been very supportive of the Clubs schoolboy section and has given his time willingly on many an occasion. We wish him well.

Finally, special thanks to all those who were involved in the organisation of the Finals day, there was many both within and outside the Club who helped to make the day possible including the coaches, the Facilities Committee, the various voluntary organisations. However above all I would like to thank our Ladies Committee and their Chairperson Marie Cruise O' Shea. Through their efforts, they made the day a really special and memorable one for the schoolboys and girls involved. Well done to all concerned.

UNDER  6

While there was many outstanding games on the day the Under Six final between Arsenal and FC Porto was definitely up with the best of them.  Arsenal had been the dominant force through out the league stages and went into the final as hot favourites.  However, FC Porto greatly encouraged by the over powering enthusiasm of their Manager Donal O' Leary were ready for the challenge.  The result was a cracking final which swung one way and then the other.  Inspired by the brilliance of their goalkeeper Sean Hurley and some outstanding play by team captain Andrew Remo and Colin O' Brien, FC Porto raced into a two nil lead.

Arsenal were struggling but with team captain Darragh Baldwin finding his form and Jack Buckley and Colin McCarthy looking threatening as they stormed back laying siege to the FC Porto goals. Porto with David O' Regan superb at the back looked like holding until a late Arsenal  penalty reduced the deficit.  Surely it was only a consolation as the game was now deep in injury time.  Arsenal throwing caution to the wind piled everyone forward and were rewarded with a sensational last gasp equaliser.  It was a fabulous game and even though FC Porto were to take the title on penalties, in truth everyone was a winner.

In the Playoff for 3rd and 4th Place

UNDER  7

This years Under Seven final was an all Spanish clash between Barcelona and Valencia.  There was little to choose between the sides early on with defences generally on top.  Robert Coughlan and Luke Harris were in great form for Valencia while Mark Dolan and John Cantwell were very strong at the back for Barcelona.  However, the breakthrough came just before half time when with a typical piece of opportunism, Mark O' Riordain latched onto a loose ball and fired home from close range to give Barcelona the lead.  Stung by this reverse Valencia inspired by Eoin O' Sullivan, Luke Harris and Sean Powter drove forward in search of an equaliser but it wasn't to be and in a late breakaway, Ben McCauliffe scored a spectacular second for Barcelona.

In the playoff for 3rd and 4th place, Ajax captained by Alex Burns got the better of Man Utd while Juventus skippered by Daniel O' Sullivan took the plate competition defeating Real Madrid in the final.

UNDER  8

The Under Eight league was run on a "Seven-a-Side basis" and provided some great football through out the league series.  The final was contested by Cork City and Glasgow Rangers and it proved a memorable affair with the two sides matched each other almost goal for goal throughout a classic encounter with cork city just prevailing on a 5-4 scoreline.

The standard of football played was extremely high and reflected great credit on all concerned. There was many stars on the day with captain Kevin Hodgins, Eoin O' Connell, Kevin O' Sullivan and Dan O' Mahony superb for the winners while Michael Murphy, Dylan Long, Jordan Kavanagh and captain Alex Hurley were excellent for Glasgow Rangers.

In the playoff for third and fourth place between Basel and Spartak Moscow, a very tight affair and eventually finished scoreless.  Basel eventually prevailed in a penalty shoot out to take third place.  Feyrnard and Dynamo Kiev took the other two finals in this age group.

UNDER  9

Six teams took part in this years Under Nine Street League with AC Milan captained by Brian Lenihan taking on Liverpool captained by Kevin Byrne in the final.  AC Milan proved the stronger. Anderlecht captained by Peter Mullane got the better of Inter Milan in the match for third and fourth place while Celta Vigo skippered by Harry McCarthy proved too strong for Lyon in the plate final.

UNDER 10/11

There was a great turnout for this years Under 11 League with six very strong teams taking part.  In the end the final was contested by Marseilles captained by Gary O' Riordain and Red Star Belgrade captained by Kyle O' Donoghue.  It was to be Marseilles day as they turned in a hugely impressive performance to defeat Red Star by 4-0.  Nicholas Burns, Richard Tobin, Bobby Boorman and Conor Foley were superb for Marseilles while Damien Nolan, Ronan White and Brian Dineen impressed for Red Star Belgrade.

Eoin Kelly's PSV side took third place after a comfortable victory over Villa Real while Paris St Germain captained by Joey Donovan got the better of Olympiokos in the plate final.

SCHOOLGIRLS

It was great to see for the first time our Schoolgirls Section represented on Street League Finals Day.  Four teams and nearly fifty girls took part in a blitz competition.  Coaches Nicky Walsh, Karen O' Sullivan, Deborah O' Neill and Jennifer Walsh were delighted with the response from the girls.  Italy captained by Sarah Clune were to prove the strongest side on the  day with Portugal captained by Kelly O' Neill, France by Susan Mullane and Spain by Pamula Mackey all performing with great credit.  Well done to all concerned.

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