FORMER Arklow Town FC player Amy Guilfoyle has recently been selected on the Leinster girls U-15 squad which will compete in the U-15 Inter-Provincial tournament in November. She celebrated her call up to the squad by scoring a hat-trick for her club, Newtown FC last weekend.
Amy played with Arklow Town FC from the 6s and 7s club (now The Little Astros Club) right up to the U-12A team in the 2010/11 season, which was managed by Gerry Fennell and assisted by Amy's father Niall.
Amy is the latest in a long line of excellent footballers from Arklow who have played their football in their younger formative years with the club and then have transferred to girl-only teams once they have reached the age where they can no longer play in mixed teams with boys as per FAI rules. Wonderful past players such as Laura Ferguson and Cliodhna Crammond have blazed the trail for the likes of Amy and more recently Abbie Miolloy to follow. Like Amy most have gone on to represent Newtown FC with distinction and tribute must be paid to Hughie Nolan and the staff at Newtown who are at the forefront of the promotion of girls/women's football in Wicklow.
Amy has always had wonderful natural ability, honed on the 'green' in Oaklands playing with and against other Arklow Town FC lads also resident in the estate, many of whom have also represented the club with distinction over the years and continue to do so. She is a great example of the street footballer, the player who practices and learns by playing regularly, morning, noon and night, for hours, on the road and on the green, and her natural ability is derived in the main due to those long hours spent over the years on the Oaklands practice ground,
She has been an ever present in the ATFC Mini World Cup tournaments over the years where most people will have seen her perform, match and surpass the boys.
Over the years she has played in goal on occasion, but it is clear to anyone who has seen her play that her dribbling, speed and ball control, allied to a wonderful left foot are her main attributes. Indeed there are those who say that the art of dribbling is dead, killed off by coaches and their coaching manuals, luckily over the years Amy's coaches in Arklow Town have insisted on 'light touch' coaching, which has meant that her natural ability has had room to grow and prosper.
All at Arklow Town FC are delighted that Amy's ability has been recognised with this call up to the Leinster Provincial team. She now joins Jack Watson and Cormac Breslin in making it three players from the 'The Town' who have already this season, been selected on various Leinster teams.