Big SFAI wins for Corduff

by Gazette Reporter
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CONTINUING a fantastic year for the club, Corduff has negotiated two of its schoolboy teams into the final 32 draw of the All-Ireland Cup.

Last weekend, its U-15 side claimed a 4-0 victory against Glenmuir United on Saturday and the U-14’s gaining a one-sided 6-0 victory over Trim Celtic.

David ‘Crouchy’ Gilshenan gave his side a big edge on the day, claiming a hat-trick to mark the celebration of his 13th birthday, with Yassine En Neyah bagging a brace and Astab Muhammad taking another on the day for the U-14s.

A solid back line and the safe hands of Jordan Dempsey also had a say in the result on the day, according to manager Stephen Morley.

“The lads really listened and that showed in their performance,” said Morley. “They came out well and were super from the start. We took our chances and the lads kept their shape nicely at the back. Jordan was excellent in goal.

“He made five saves that really allowed us to take a considerable lead.

“This is the furthest we’ve ever gone in the competition and the team are really improving. If they perform the way they have they could go onto great things.

“We have five lads on the team that play for the NDSL team and I can notice a real difference since they have been taken on the extra training sessions.

“The club has improved in leaps and bounds in the last year.

“We’ve been well represented on panels, including the Republic of Ireland emerging talent squads.

“I think it really shows how well the community clubs can do when they’re given a chance.

“The fact that we are in the All-Ireland and our U-15s are too, really says a lot about the wider focus of these competitions now.

“Only a few years ago, it would be relatively unheard of to have NDSL teams in the competition, but we’ve proven we deserve our spot.

“The draw will be made next Saturday and the whole team are very excited about the prospect of an over night stay if we get a country team.

“Considering the way they have played already in the tournament and the excitement that’s in the team, I really think the lads can get a good run in and hopefully our form continues,” Morley finished.

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