2016 FIFA Underage World Cup hosted in Colemanstown

Today we saw Connacht put in a mighty display to win the Pro12 rugby final, Real Madrid just won the Champions league on penalties and we in Colemanstown had a World Cup with a difference today with some creative thinking and great enthusiasm shown by our mentors as there were some quirky awards up for grabs. It was an electric day for our under 6-under 10’s as temperatures soared at times as the children yearned for water, water and more water. 6 teams battled to win the coveted ‘handmade’ World Cup trophy ‘made’ by Robbie Parker way back in his young days which was pulled out of the archives for this occasion. It was presented on the day to the winning blue team who beat the orange team 5-2 in the final. Jonah Donnellan scored a hat trick with the 2 Quirke brothers Shane & Darren scoring the other 2 goals for the winning blues while Thomas Mellody scored the 2 goals for the orange team. There were notable achievements and awards given out. Among them were: Best Goal: Thomas Mellody who dribbled through numerous players to score a classic in the final. Best Goal Celebration: Cian Cleary for his goal celebration in the group stages (roaring into the crowd along with his fancy dance….priceless!!). Best Own-goal: Dermot Parker (6 yards out from goal…a beautiful weighted cross found Dermot’s head and went into top corner!) Unbelievable Skill Award: Conor Walsh for dribbling through as least 10 players and managing to hold on to the ball…not sure how he did it!! Best Dribbling on the attack: Eoghan Ryan, a skilful & direct player who was constantly attacking the defence. Best Nutmeg: Ciaran Keating on Anthony Feeney….. not too often Anthony is caught out!! Best Save: Martin Mellody in the group stages. Sometimes he looked bigger than David De Gea in goal!! The Special Roy Keane thumping tackle award went to Robbie Lydon for his stand out tackle and overall performance in the final! 6 teams as follows in no particular order: The green team consisted of Martin Mellody, Adam Cleary, David Walsh, Tom Holohan & Daniel Lydon. Yellow team: Ross Lally, Ciaran Keating, Jamie Lally, James Feeney, Dermot Parker, Joe Carroll. Red Team:  Matthew Gacquin, John Parker, Anthony Feeney, Eoghan Ryan, Eric Muravjovs, Diarmuid Ryan. Blue team:  Shane Quirke, Jonah Donnellan, James Queeney, Darren Quirke, Larry Muravjovs, Darren Moran. Orange Team:  Joshua McDonnell, Benjamin Gacquin, Thomas Mellody, Robbie Lydon, Cian Cleary, Kealyn Kirby.  No bib team:  Conor Walsh, Daniel Moran, Noah McDonnell, Kyle Concannon, Sean Keating & new boy Ethan.  It was a superb day, complimented further with the beautiful weather and hats off to the mentors, Jayo Finn, Robbie Parker, Gary Lally (even though he looked like he had taken on Katie Taylor) and Ronan Carr for the smooth and efficient running of the event. I’m sure there were lasting memories for all the kids as the parents thoroughly enjoyed the football action whilst soaking up the sunshine.  Tomorrow sees our ‘A’ teams last game of the season as they take on Corrib Rangers in Westside at 12noon KO. Tune into Galway Bay FM as there will be live updates of all premier league games tomorrow.