Success for young Charleville player
THE success of young Charleville soccer player Tony Whitehead with Limerick Football Club last week, when he was named man of the match in their defeat of Shelbourne, comes as no surprise to those who were involved with him at Charleville Soccer Club, which he joined as a six year old under Coach Colm Dawson in 2002 and he has been an outstanding player for the club since then.
He captained the club to many successes at schoolboy level and played with the Junior A team as a 16 year old. He also played in the Kennedy Cup with Limerick County and was a member of the historic Charleville U-13 squad that won the SFAI All Ireland National Cup in 2008.
He joined Limerick FC in February 2011 and has been playing with their U-19 team in the National League since then and is the current team captain. Tony came on as a substitute for the senior side last season in their high profile friendly against Manchester City at Thomond Park.
In his first full appearance for the Limerick senior side in the Premier League, he lined out at centre half in last week's game at Thomond Park when they defeated Shelbourne 1-0. His performance earned him rave reviews and he was selected Man of the Match.
Modest and hard working, he has a great attitude and is prepared to listen and learn.
Tony will be 18 in December and looks to have a great career ahead of him.
All in Charleville AFC are extremely proud of what he has achieved to date. He is a great credit to the club and to his family.
Tony seems set to emulate the feats of fellow clubman, Dominic Foley, who was capped on numerous occasions for the Republic of Ireland, was signed for cross channel side Wolves and also played in Belgium for some years.