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Monday 23 October 2017

Niall cut down to size in shoot-out with future stars

THESE lucky youngsters from Tyrrelstown were treated to a training session with Ireland legend Niall Quinn.

As part of the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards, the footballer-turned-businessman donned a yellow jersey and challenged the next generation of soccer stars to show him what they were made of.

The former Sunderland player reverted to coaching mode to pass on tips that would improve their game and hopefully allow them to follow in his footsteps.

"I love coming out here every year, even though it's been 12 years since I quit ball on mornings like this I really miss it," he told the young players.

The dad-of-two has been treating Dublin kids to exclusive training sessions in association with Dublin Bus for a decade now.

"It's always so much fun and everyone has made great friends at the end of it," Niall said.

The 47-year-old enjoyed a brief stint coaching at Sunderland when he first hung up his boots but yesterday he showed that he was still on top of his game. And he proved a hit with the youngsters.

"He is great, like a big friendly giant," Jefrey Bangun (11) said.

His team-mate Nathan Forbes (11) agreed and said he wants to follow in Niall's footsteps. "I don't even care what position I play in, I just want to play for Ireland," he told the Herald.

But it wasn't just about training, the footballers had to put their new skills into action in an intense penalty shootout. Curtis Forray (inset above) nabbed the first prize after a knockout round of goal-kicks, earning a €100 voucher for his trouble.

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