Haba stars for NDSL in win over Ireland

by Gazette Reporter

IT’S NEVER nice to see your own country lose an international game, but when you put in a man of the match performance against them, you can take some satisfaction.
That was exactly the case for Corduff FC’s Francky Haba who was named best player on the park as the NDSL Academy Under-15s beat the Republic of Ireland Under-15s in a charity challenge game last Sunday.
The match, which took place at the Oscar Traynor Centre was one packed with quality after Storm Desmond had passed, allowing the football to flow on the pristine surface.
The only goal of the game came from Lusk United’s Davidson Okoson and it was a goal worthy of winning any game. The talented young attacker unleashed a stunning long-range effort after 23 minutes which rocketed past Sam O’Gorman and into the Ireland net.
Prior to that, Ireland had probably shaded it but the goal settled the north Dublin side and they went on put in an accomplished performance against an Irish side packed with DDSL players and the cream of the crop from the rest of the country.
Haba was the Duff’s sole representative on the NDSL squad. The rest of the squad was made up of players from Malahide United, St Kevin’s Boys, Donnycarney FC, Balbriggan FC and Lusk United.
After his impressive display in the NDSL shirt, Corduff were keen to praise their clubman.
“A big well done to Francky from our Under-15s who received the Man of the Match award in the NDSL’s 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland Under-15s this afternoon.
“Also a massive well done to Dave Sheridan and his staff and especially the rest of the NDSL Under-15 players, winning 1-0 against a very strong Ireland international team.
Club PRO John McGuinness further praised the talented youngster. “Francky has been with the club since he was five-years-old, coming through the nursery,” he said.
“We appreciate his loyalty to the club over the years. He is a fast, powerful attacking midfielder and is really blossoming into an excellent young footballer.
“He has been noticed more recently after a superb season last year, when he helped our Under-14 Premier side win their league title,” added McGuinness.

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