2014 Wales Super Cup 2014-07-27 19:36:00



This week twenty seven players from the Athlone District Schoolboy/Girl League will proudly fly the Athlone and Ireland flags at the 30th Anniversary Tournament of the Welsh Super Cup in Cardiff.


These players are drawn from the ADSL Under-13 and Under-12 Development Academies and will play as two separate squads in four days of competition in the Welsh capital. This is the sixth time that the ADSL will compete in the Welsh Super Cup having participated in Aberystwyth in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and in Cardiff in 2011 and 2012.


This is the 30th Anniversary of this competition, first run as the Ian Rush Tournament in 1984. Since then players such as Stephen Gerrard, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Andre Schevchenko and Shay Given have all taken part in the Tournament.


For the ADSL this is part of a policy that sees participation in Tournaments such as this as an important part of the young Academy players’ continuing progression and development. It is also a great experience and opportunity for these young players.


Remarkably in just over seven years since June 2007 this will be the ADSL’s 28th such trip involving overnight stays and the 16th such trip abroad. To date 748 ADSL Academy players have spent 120 overnights away on such trips, representing over a third of a year! The ADSL have travelled to six different countries visiting Wales six times, both England and Scotland three times, Malta twice as well as trips to Holland and France and stays in Limerick, Cork, Wexford and Donegal in Ireland.


In those Tournaments the ADSL have played games against teams from an incredible 18 different countries. That will become at least nineteen this week as the ADSL will face Columbian opposition for the first time. Wales has provided the most opponents with 79 games against Welsh teams, followed by 38 games against English sides, 23 games with Maltese opposition, 20 games against Scottish sides and six games against French teams. The ADSL have also played games against teams from Denmark, Belgium, USA, Dubai, Holland, India, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Gibraltar, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Italy and Germany. In that time the ADSL has played the likes of Swansea City, Cardiff City, Wrexham, Birmingham City, Leicester City, Wolves, Celtic Boys, Kilmarnock as well as St. Etienne and Toulouse.


The 28th such adventure saw 27 ADSL players depart for Wales this week. They will take part in an Opening Ceremony in Cardiff city centre on this Wednesday evening and will have games on this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday returning home to Ireland next Monday.


There is little time for reflection as this squad of players will be back in action in the Galway Macron Cup next week. The ADSL will field teams in the Under-13 Elite competition and the Under-13 Boys competition. The ADSL Elite squad are drawn in Group A with the Kerry Schoolboy League, North East Counties and incredibly the Northern Ireland Under-13 team. What an opportunity!


The ADSL Boys squad are drawn in Group B of their competition with Kerry, Limerick County, the Clare Schoolboy League and DDSL side, Belvedere. It promises to be an amazing two weeks for these ADSL players as they get opportunities that no other organisation can provide. It is also part of a development policy that has seen the ADSL surpass all other local Leagues. Rankings for the last three Kennedy Cup competitions see the ADSL rank 12th of the 32 Schoolboy Leagues in the country. Roscommon are next best ranked at 22nd, with Longford in 26th, with the Midlands League ranked 29th of the 32 Schoolboy Leagues in the country.


The ADSL  squad is Andrew Monaghan, Stephen O’Connor, Daragh Kenna, Paul Garvey, Owen Keogh, Conor Rushe and Jack Seery (all AC Francis); Adam Turley and Bryan Rohan (both Ballinahown); Cian Tracey, Josh Hanney, Eoin Keogh, Oisin Duffy, and Jordan Carr (all Ballinasloe Town); Robbie Dolan, Daniel McDermott, Gary Martin, Jack O’Beirne, and Ciaran Quinn(all Hodson Bay Celtic); Nashir Ishola and Mark Naughton (St. Josephs); Ryan Conway (St. Peters); and Adam Donoghue, Matthew Cox, Aaron Keane, Cillian Lawlor and Zach Nolan (all Temple Villa).


The ADSL Squad are coached by Academy Coach and Temple Villa stalwart Clive O’Neill and Dermot McCormack. Dermot won the FAI’s Noel O’Reilly Award for Coach of the Year at last week’s FAI AGM and is the newest addition to the ADSL’s Academy structure of reputable, experienced and highly qualified coaches.


You can follow the progress of the ADSL in Wales and in Galway on the Tournaments tab right here on www.athlonesl.ie  


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