Corduff built to succeed

by Stephen Findlater

CORDUFF FC is celebrating a stunning week on the representative front after Owen Doyle and Stephen Morley helped the NDSL claim the Foyle Cup last week, while a massive nine of the Dublin 15 club’s players line out this week in the Milk Cup.

The success is part of the ongoing growth of the Dublin 15 club. In the past, the club has been represented in these high-profile competitions, but the breadth of their involvement is testament to the work done at underage level.

Many of the players have been involved since their earliest playing days with the Under-16 panel – who make up the Foyle Cup team – having regularly been involved in the latter phases of the SFAI All-Ireland underage cups.

Among them, Jean-Yves Poame and Ismael Diallo have both been Republic of Ireland regulars while Dylan Travers, Dylan Sweeney, Matthew Keogh and Alex Wright have been included in the FAI emerging talent extended panels.

Speaking about the high volume of representation, Corduff PRO John McGuinness said it is down to the coaching provided at the club.

“The Milk Cup team has been doing well in the All-Irelands for the last few years but the two lads who were involved with the Foyle Cup were part of a team that reached the All-Ireland semi-final last year.

“It’s exactly down to the youth set-up and we have a few more teams coming behind them, too. Not only that, some of last year’s Under-18s were playing in our senior Saturday side last weekend at the Lynchy Cup. It’s all part of our conveyor belt.

“We’ve had players in the Milk Cup and Foyle Cup teams before but what’s happening is we are becoming particularly strong and they are expected to do well. With the Under-15s winning the Foyle Cup and if the Milk Cup team can reach a quarter-final, they would be doing extremely well in tough competitions.”

It came against the backdrop of Corduff’s marquee preseason senior tournament, the Lynchy Cup. Local rivals Huntstown Hartstown FC won the title last Sunday and, despite the weather, McGuinness was delighted with the support from the local area.

“The Lynchy Cup was brilliant on the Sunday. For some odd reason, the rain we were forecast didn’t come until 10 minutes after we left the park. We were delighted; there was a big crowd on Sunday even though it was a wash-out on Saturday but you can’t have it each way.

“It’s good for the competition; if we were winning it every time, it would be no fun. We get on very well with HHFC – the rivalry on the pitch is one thing but we work well together as clubs.

“The senior side is looking well, we have a few new players in who did very well over the weekend. It’s under new management and we’re very optimistic.”

The junior version of the cup is set to run on August 12 to 18 with the club still inviting entries.

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