It proved an Easter weekend to remember for Broadford Rovers U12s, who claimed the prestigious Blackpool cup after two days of high intensity and high quality football.
The prestigious event, running since 1994, featured clubs from across the British Isles with Broadford producing a series of exceptional displays to eventually prevail by beating an excellent Dungannon youth team by 2-0 in the final on Sunday afternoon.
Their adventure began on Saturday morning with the Ballinteer side serving early notice of their intent with Ferdia Gibson and Finn Mac Lochlainn on target as they overcame Rossvale Thistle by 4-0.
They confirmed their place in the quarter finals with another 4-0 victory later in the day with two goals from Mac Lochlainn , another from Gibson and a Max Kirwan goal against Scottish side Beechwood.
Sunday morning arrived with hope renewed, particularly given the solidity at the back provided by goalkeeper David Cambell and his outstanding defence consisting of Lennox Fortune, Bobby Geraghty and David O Sullivan.
A 3-1 win over Dundee United SC ensued with the goals coming from Gibson, Fionn Tierney and Mac Lochlainn after a great Josh Kelly run and cross.The tireless midfield efforts of Hugo Fitzgerald, Evan Casey and James O reilly proving crucial in the win.
Their reward was a last four clash against local side South Shore Tornadoes. In a game they dominated but couldn’t find the breakthrough Kirwan broke the deadlock late on with a super strike , Gibson put the gloss on a 2-0 win.
The final against Dungannon was a tense affair with the Northern Irish side on top in the first half. Fitzgerald was immense in midfield driving his team on, and with a much improved second half Broadford managed to secure a famous 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Gibson and O’Reilly.
Broadford Rovers Squad: David Campbell, David O’sullivan, Bobby geraghty, Lennox Fortune, Evan Casey, James O’Reilly, Hugo Fitzgerald, Fionn Tierney, Josh kelly, Max Kirwan, Finn Mac Lochlainn, Ferdia Gibson.