Corduff U-12s on fire

by Karl Graham

CORDUFF FC’s Under-12s have made another piece of club history as they reached the regional SFAI final after beating Duleek 5-1 in Corduff Park last weekend.
It will be the first time they have advanced to a final of this magnitude at this age group and they are close to matching the feat of their Under-13s a couple of seasons ago.
The home side actually fell behind after just three minutes of the first half. However, step forward Darragh Hoey who then bagged a first half hat trick to give his side a 3-1 lead going into the break.
Ben Keating scored a brace in the second half to secure a dominant victory over a Duleek team they knew virtually nothing about prior to the game.
“We dominated the game. The goal [they got] was unfortunate because we did actually dominate the game,” club PRO John McGuinness told GazetteSport.
“We knew nothing about Duleek so it was a bit of a mystery as to who we were playing in terms of standard.
“They had a few chances with our keeper pulling off some good saves and if they had of put them away maybe it would have been a different story but as it turned out, we had too much for them.”
Corduff will now play Ardee Celtic in the final and McGuinness is expecting a tougher test from the Louth side.
“We know they will be stronger but other than that we don’t really know anything about them either.”
The final will be the first time that an Under-12s premier team from Dublin 15 has reached this stage of the competition since the SFAI introduced it. The SFAI made the decision to split the competition into five region finals rather than the normal one All-Ireland final.
As well as the Under-12s reaching the final, the club have remarkably also reached a Leinster final at three other age groups.
The Under-16 side will take on St Kevin’s in their final, the Under-14s will also meet Ardee Celtic, while the Over-35s will go up against Dublin rivals Finglas.
“It is really good. It’s a great competition so we are delighted that we have a final all the way through, coming out of the Leinster section.
“Most clubs have been finished for maybe three or four months but our first teams have been active throughout the break so it gives us good preparation for the summer season – we are ticking along nicely,” McGuinness concluded.
“We have two teams at every 11-a-side age and three or four teams at every small-sided age so we don’t have all our irons in one fire.”

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