Rangers deliver a cup double

by Gazette Reporter

Rivervalley Rangers’ Under-10 and Under-11 sides brought home a brace of trophies last weekend when they claimed the Michael Woods and Haughey Cups with a pair of decisive victories, adding to the continuing success and development in the club’s schoolboy section.

Out of Rangers’ current batch of 11 teams taking part in cup competitions this year, they had six teams reaching semi-finals, of which two went on to their respective finals, bringing home the trophies last Saturday afternoon.

The Under-10s, managed by Brendan Gribbon, brought back the Michael Woods Under-10 Cup with a 5-1 win over Rivermeade FC at the Oscar Traynor Coach and Development Centre. The victory was on the back of a fine performance by the team and was made all the sweeter as the side had been runners-up in the same contest last year.

At the same venue, Paul Kelly’s Under-11 side secured the Haughey Cup by defeating Finglas Celtic 4-1. This was the side’s third year in a row to make the final and the third year in a row that they emerged as winners.

The Haughey Cup title added to the team’s recent NDSL Under-11 Premier Division title, which they won with two games to spare, giving them a deserved double after working hard all season.

The success was not restricted to cup victories for Rivervalley last weekend when Willie Murray’s Under-13s won their league, claiming the title with a 4-2 victory away to Donnycarney FC. The team finished the season undefeated in the league, and only narrowly lost out in the semi-final of their cup competition.

Additionally, Alan O’Carroll’s Under-12s finished in second place in their league, gaining promotion in the process.

Although the season is now drawing to a close, the soccer will continue in Rivervalley with the club’s summer football festival starting on Tuesday, June 3. Entry forms are available in Centra Rivervalley and SuperValu Boroimhe.

In July, the club will be running its annual summer soccer camps. They run from 10am to 2pm on Monday to Friday and costs €40 per child. Information on all the club’s activities can be found on the club’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/rvrfc.

Due to a re-organisation of the senior section of the club a vacancy has arisen for a senior team manager. Interested parties should apply in writing, including details of their qualifications and experience to Barry O’Sullivan, Secretary, Senior Section, c/o 27 Rivervalley Road, Swords, Co Dublin or via e-mail to petercarton4@hotmail.com.

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