By Conlon Morrison, NCAFC Youth Academy Manager
On Friday past 4th April the NCAFC U13 team participated in the ESF Soccer Tournament in Ayr, Scotland. We played 6 matches in total – 4 matches on Saturday and 2 matches on Sunday, which was followed by a presentation where all players were presented with a trophy by former Celtic and Bayern Munich striker Alan McInally.
We stayed in Craig Tara Haven in Ayr. Our transport was provided by our U13 Sponsor Matthews Coach Hire who provided an excellent service, our Coach Driver was Colm Murphy who is also our U13 assistant Coach, photography was completed by Adrian Poucher, food & entertainment was managed by Bernard Connolly, the health and safety officer was Conlon Morrison assisted in every way by John Treanor and Cathal McConville. We had an entire family with us – Paul and Josephine Matthews and their daughter Eimear, who was delighted to be presented with a trophy as well.
The U13 players that took part in the tournament were as follows:
Tiernan O Reilly
We played the following teams in the tournament:
Gleniffer Thistle FC
Some of the games we won, some we drew and some we lost. Everyone really enjoyed the trip and we look forward to next year when we will be inviting everyone involved in the Newry City AFC Soccer Academy to make it the biggest Soccer trip for youth from the Newry area in years.
Some photos from the trip can be viewed below. Click thumbnails to view larger image.