Duff stars stepping up

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CORDUFF FC have boasted many young prospects in recent years with this week, especially, showing a number of their footballers turning out in the newly established Under-19 League of Ireland.
The last couple of years have witnessed Yassine En Neyah (Nottingham Forest), Ismael Diallo (Nottingham Forrest) and Jean Yves Poame (Sunderland) make the move to England having all previously played at the Blanchardstown club.
Four Corduff players played a part in Cabinteely Under-19s 2-2 draw at home to Waterford United.
Club chairman Steven Morley complemented the work of his players as well as the coaches that has overseen their development as they make the step up from club football to League of Ireland.
“Most of our lads would have went through the North Dublin Academy and, in addition, would have been selected for the Elite Academy in the North Dublin league so they would have been playing in the likes of Milk Cup tournaments, Kennedy Cup tournaments, tournaments in Portugal.
“They have been playing at an elite level so it’s great that they have been picked for League of Ireland clubs so that they can continue on at that high level. They’re playing at a level that they have been training at for the last seven years.”
He hopes that the combined work and commitment of players, parents and management can see his players beyond and into senior teams as League of Ireland players in the near future.
“A lot of our players would have the potential to make it through to the Cabinteely first team. Cabinteely are a new team and a lot of the players that played for their Under-19s last year would have been fast-tracked into the senior team for cover and experience. So there’s every chance some of our lads could be playing League of Ireland senior in a short space of time.”
Corduff boast further League of Ireland players at a younger age, with all of Steven Morley, En Neyah, Paul McCarthy, Eoin Doyle, Conor Cummins and Tommy Martin to name but a few of their players playing in the Under-17 League of Ireland.
“We’ve always put our kids first so there’s a lot of commitment from players and parents and peers. Once you have their interest, you keep the kids playing football past 16 and if they are good, then the likes of the League of Ireland Under-17 and Under-19 leagues can pick up on that and give them a chance.”
In all, his Corduff team boast eleven League of Ireland players, something which the club chairman says is owed to the dedication of both the players and the club to youth development at underage level.
“It’s fantastic. It’s a lot of hard work from volunteers in the area and a lot of commitment from people and that’s our ethos at Corduff – there’s no one bigger than the club. We’re a dedicated group of volunteers doing it for the kids.”

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