Under-8 Summer Street League Finals

posted 15 Jun 2014, 11:50 by William Leahy   [ updated 15 Jun 2014, 11:51 ]
The Under-8 Summer Street League reached it's final stage on Sunday morning in Garrycastle, with the playing of the Cup and Shield finals. On a lovely dry, cool, morning, 37 players turned out for their respective teams, and provided an excellent morning's football, cheered on by a large appreciative crowd.

In the Cup final, it was Lorraine Gaynor's "Dragons" up against the form team of the tournament so far, Ger O'Donoghue's "Lions". This game started at a frentic pace, with the "Lions" pushing hard right from the start and tacking up a number of early scores. However, as half-time approached, the "Dragons" fought back into the game to narrow the gap. As the second half started, it was obvious that the "Lions" were in no humour to give up the game, and despite their best efforts, the "Dragons" had to yield on the day.

In the Shield final, Darragh Shine's "Tigers" lined up against Chris McKeon's "Sharks". This really was an evenly matched affair, with some really good attacking and defending on display. So close were the two teams that they could not be separated at the end of the match, and for the first time ever, we had extra time in a street league final! However, even after playing the extra time, the teams still could not be separated, so a second period of extra time was played. Just when we thought that we would have to go to a "golden score" to separate the teams, the "Tigers" struck, to take the Shield honours, after an absolutely enthralling game.

So the Cup honours for 2014 go to the "Lions", with the "Tigers" taking the Shield honours.

After the games, the teams were congratulated on their effort and performances by club Chairman Terry Larkin, and were all presented with their trophies by Senior Garrycastle players John Gaffey and Padraig Cosgrove.

This ends our Summer Street League for 2014. Well done to all the players who took part, to the mentors and parents who looked after the teams, and many thanks to all those who turned out to cheer on the teams over the last month.

Details of teams, matches to date and final table is available on the Summer Street League page.