Galway Cup Day 4   13/08/2017


                      SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST 2017

Day 4. Already?

Yet Wednesday seems such a long time ago!

But it is Day 4 and Game 5 for us and a grand total of 105 games in the 2017 Galway Cup! That is quite something. Well done to all concerned.

On this the last day of the Galway Cup we are dedicating today in memory of and in tribute to Tim Ross. We are approaching the first anniversary of Tim’s death on the 1st September next. It is difficult to believe that it is almost one year since that awful day.

Tim was a goalkeeper on our Under-11 Academy and played with AC Celtic. We miss Tim. We will try to take every opportunity to honour Tim’s memory. We will never forget Tim or allow Tim to be forgotten.

We also think of Tim’s family and friends and especially his Mam Katharine, his Dad Richard and his two younger sisters, Aoife and Orla. We are thinking of you and of Tim at this time.

Rest in Peace brother.

It was another glorious day with sunshine like on Wednesday. David C is away on his holidays today while Odhran remains out injured while Aaron is complaining of an upset stomach. Otherwise we have everyone available and looking to finish this on a high.

                         ADSL    2    :    KILDARE League    1

This was excellent and our best footballing performance of the week against a very good Kildare team. 

We were at it right from the start. We passed it well. We switched the play. Our movement was good. Our attitude was spot on.

Good interplay between Rian and Danny gave him a chance but his shot was well saved. From the resulting corner the ball fell to Rian but his snap shot was again well saved. At the other end we had plenty of defending to do but were largely untroubled with Toby again outstanding.

On 12 minutes we had a great chance. Powerful play by Rian won the ball in midfield but a sublime soft touch threaded Danny into space with Danny’s low shot scraping the outside of the post in going wide.

We did take the lead in the 22nd minute and with a sensational goal.

It was down to power from Sam who won the ball and surged forward before picking out Danny who feigned to his right, then curling his right foot round his left leg to curl the ball into the net. They will definitely start “Match of the Day” with this goal tonight! As good a goal as you will see anywhere. Class!

It was just one of those days and we continued in like fashion into the second half. We stroked the ball about with aplomb keeping possession with ease. It was great to watch. It was great to play in.

Eoghan was next to have a chance with a shot just over the bar after we had forced two corners in quick possession.

We had another great chance when Ben got in around the back and delivered a super cross for Jason to head at the far post producing a magnificent reflex save from the Kildare keeper.

In the next minute fantastic interplay between Ben to Shane Hanley out to Shane Harrington flicked back into Rian with a superb delivery forced yet another corner. From that corner the ball fell to Danny who smashed to the net for a fully merited 2-0 lead. Fantastic football.

Kildare did get a goal back right at the end but we were not to be denied. A great win and loads of beaming smiling faces. Everyone played a big part and everyone played well. Great stuff.

It was quickly back into change. Hit Supermacs as reward for a great performance and then off to Silver Strand once again.

The waves were not as big as yesterday but we brought a ball and again had fantastic, brilliant fun. Great memories were made here. Truly outstanding and it is difficult to imagine that there is a happier group anywhere as they messed in the sea in a chorus of laughter to bring our Galway Cup to an end.

A few were staying on with parents and the rest headed for home on the bus after a great experience and a great Galway Cup even if was not all that we might have hoped for. Still a great four days.

Back at Drom Colorado Rapids won the 2004 Elite Final beating Sligo/Leitrim in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw. The Rapids took the lead but Sligo equalised and always looked the more likely to go on and win the game.

In the 2002 Elite Final Shamrock Rovers were always the better team but had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Leeds United before deservedly winning the penalty shoot-out. That produced Damien Duff’s first big smile of the week. He is doing good work and has some real gems in Dylan Duffy, Evan Caffrey and Dean McMenamee.

Dundalk won the 2004 Plate Final while a hugely impressive Cavan/Monaghan won the 2004/2005 Boys Section winners.

We did not achieve all we hoped for but finished on a high with a great day.

We did ourselves proud today. We did our League, the ADSL, proud today.

We did Tim proud today.


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