Corduff conveyor belt

by Karl Graham
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CORDUFF FC has had three players called up to the NDSL side to represent the county in the Macron Galway Cup later this month.
Christian Toko, Jack Flood and Sean Farrell from the club’s Under-14 Premier side will all line out in the prestigious tournament – which will see the winner of this year’s Most Valuable Player receive a Bulova watch.
Francky Haba has also been called up to represent the NDSL at next week’s Super Cup NI [Formally the Milk Cup] in Northern Ireland.
Toko, who is from Mulhuddart and joined the team three years ago, was entered into the NDSL Academy last year and has shone ever since.
Corduff Public Relations Officer John McGuinness spoke to GazetteSport about how proud they are to see their young players such as Toko making great progress.
“Yesterday he [Toko] went out to the FAI emerging talent system. It’s giving somebody like him the opportunity to prove what he can do and after that it’s up to the kid,” said McGuinness.
Flood is from Clonee but has only been at the club for a year after he contacted them looking to join.
Farrell, a goalkeeper whose brother and father also played in goal for the club, and Haba, a gifted striker from Clonsilla, have both been with the club since they were four.
There was also great news from across the Irish Sea as former player Johnny Poame, who joined Sunderland in 2014, has just made his first appearance for the Black Cats’ U21 side.
McGuiness explained how nobody at the club is surprised at Poame’s quick rise through the ranks: “He’s making the progress that we hoped he would make.”
McGuinness also believes that players such as Poame coming through the system are great for Irish football.
“No disrespect to the Irish international team because over the last few years a few good players have come through. But if you look at the Irish team over the last four or five years and you’re looking at them doing the sideways passing, and then you at players like Johnny Poame who can go through two people, pick up a pass, make a run, pick up the ball again and put it in the net. That’s raw ability.
“There is an overemphasis on coaching. Coaching will improve a player but you shouldn’t take out a kid’s natural instinct of street football.
“With Johnny, he had natural ability, he was coached sensibly by good coaches who just guided what natural talent he already had,” McGuinness continued.

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