Friday 18 January 2019

Kennedy brings out the best in schoolboy talent

THE 2011 VERSION of the Kennedy Cup kicks off in Limerick today with 32 leagues under the FAI’s jurisdiction fighting it our for supremacy over five days of ultra-competitive action.

It’s one of Irish sport’s great success stories and so many future internationals have cut their representative teeth in the white hot heat of Kennedy Cup action.

Current holders the Dublin and District Schoolboys League defend a record breaking eight titles in a row but they can be certain of some meaty battles ahead. With ex-Republic of Ireland international John Devine at the helm, you can be sure that the squad have been well prepared but the same can be said of all the other schoolboy leagues in attendance.

Karl Shepard at the NDSL has also given a huge amount of devotion in his preparation as has Tommy Carberry and Tom O’Connor with the South Dublin League. While the stakes are always high, in defeat, the players should never lose sight of the fact that being selected to compete in the Kennedy Cup is a genuine honour in itself. We look forward to some great action down in Limerick University and if we can beat our way past all the crosschannel scouts, we may well catch sight of the Robbie Keanes and Damien Duffs (pictured above) of tomorrow. Best of luck to every single player and, as they say, may the best team win!

New Finglas side Northway Mellowes looking for players NORTHWAY MELLOWES are new kids on the block. It’s a brand new team from Finglas West and they are looking to have a meet and train night on June 22. It will take place at Larney Park (top pitch at Kildonan Road). All kids born between 1996 and 2005 are invited to come along on the night. Simply turn up at 6.30 and be part of the newest schoolboy team in Dublin.

Unbeaten Drumcondra collect SAM PROLE would be happy to see the Drumcondra FC name flying proudly at the NDSL awards where the club’s 13D side went unbeaten ... and managed by Alan Kelly! Captained by Alan Kelly junior they swept to the league title with little or no blemish on their campaign record and then in their Irish Rail Cup overcame local opposition Marino Boys to complete a fine double. Take a bow all concerned

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