All Ireland and Munster Champions
Congratulations to the Clare under 16’s squad who finished their schoolboy soccer experience by winning the All Ireland bowl final. Two super first half goals from Avenue Utds Kayden Herlihy was enough to see them beat a disciplined Cavan/Monaghan and for Clare captain Luke Keating (Shannon Town) to lift the trophy in Charleville.
A late change of kit sock colour due to a colour clash with Cavan/Monaghan meant that the Clare team lined out resembling ‘the boys from Brazil’ and the Clare lads didn’t disappoint the travelling supporters by playing some fantastic samba style possession football.
Goalkeeper Finn Murphy (Bridge Utd) made some important saves and clearances and remained composed throughout the game. The centre back pairing of Seanie McMahon ( Moher Celtic) & Niall Leddane (Bridge Utd) have formed a great partnership over the course of this inter league campaign and there aren’t many strikers at this age level that would fancy playing against this duo.
Full backs Luc Fitzpatrick ( Shannon Town) and Matthew Conway (Avenue Utd) would give even Roberto Carlos and Cafu a run for their money, the amount of ground these players cover up and down the line is phenomenal.
The Clare midfield trio of Luke Keating (Shannon Town), Jack O’Halloran (Bridge Utd) and Kayden Herlihy (Avenue Utd) controlled the game right from the kick off with sharp passing, movement and two excellent first half goals from Kayden. Kayden came close to completing his hat-trick but his well struck free kick hit the crossbar.
Striker Ben Skerrit (Avenue Utd) lead the Clare attack brilliantly,his hold up and linking play with his teammates allowed Clare to keep possession and build our attacks. Wingers Tiernan Walsh (Coole fc) and Donna Ogbuagu (Avenue Utd) kept the Cavan/Monaghan defence busy with their constant pressing, strong running and dribbling skills.
Clare added fresh legs to the team when Cian Austin (Shannon Town), Coole Fc’s Edgar Concalves and Jack Keane (Corofin Harps) joined the attack and all three came close to adding a third Clare goal.
Callum Phelan (Bridge Utd), Conall Casey (Avenue Utd) and Sean Alymer (Shannon Town) also entered the game and helped the team keep their 2-0 advantage until the final whistle.
All 22 players that were selected for the squad contributed to the teams success and deserve to be mentioned: Luke Kennedy (Lifford FC) Cormac Byrne (Bridge Celtic), Sean Boyce (Tulla Utd), Josh Akinnagabe (Avenue Utd), Dylan Howard (Bridge Celtic) unfortunately a number of these players were unavailable to attend the final on Saturday and they all should be very proud of this achievement.
Word of thanks and appreciation to all the coaches involved with this squad training and development.
Declan O’Meara (Head Coach)
Patrick O’Halloran (Coach)
Gary Cooke (GK coach)
Darren Keane (Coach)
Rob Keating (Coach)
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