Cashel Town Schoolboys and Girls brought the biggest ever town league to a close in glorious sunshine, last Sunday.
Before huge crowds at Palmershill there was great excitement with two finals won by just a single goal and a penalty shootout at under 10.
Almost 200 children in 20 teams, participated in 60 games over the two weeks, the youngest player only three, up to the 12 year-olds. It also was the first year that the schoolgirls joined in earnest, almost 70 girls taking part, proving that if you provide an outlet for young players, they will embrace it with vigour.
Hannover 96 0 Werder Bremen 1
Hannover 96 went into the game strong favourites but opponents Werder Bremen were never going to lie down and allow themselves be beaten easily. Straight from the kick off Hannover tried to rescue the game but were unable to score and the game went to the underdogs.
Everton 1 Spurs 0 What these kids lack in age they more than make up for in endeavour, and this was one of the most hotly contested games of the tournament. Scenes of pure joy followed the game as parents congratulated both sets of players for the entertainment they provided.
Barcelona 1 Athletico Madrid 1
Barcelona 2 -1 on penalties.
Players ran themselves to exhaustion in the heat but were unable to break each other down, and the final game of this year’s tournament was to be decided by the cruellest way, the penalty shootout. Barcelona’s Cole Flanagan was the hero of the hour making a fantastic save to win it for his team.
Special awards made - Boys: Shefemi Giwa and Jack Hayes (u12), Cathal Quinn and Ronan Connolly (u10), Nathan Butler (u8). Girls: Sarah Kate Delaney and Kate Gayson Molloy (u12), Katie Sherlock and Grace Moloney (u10), Ciara Moloney and Emer Dwan (u8).