Tuesday 20 March 2018

Inaugural Peninsula Cup a roaring success

BELLURGAN UTD hosted a hugely successful inaugural Peninsula Cup the weekend before last, with glorious weather and excellent football making it a day to remember for the eager participants and spectators.

The under-11 section was won by Crumlin Utd from the Dunlin and District Schoolboys League, defeating Windmill Stars from Newry 3-0 in the final. The teams also met in the group stages, where nothing could separate them as they finished level on points, goal difference, goals scored and against!

A toss of a coin was required to determine who would finish top and the honours were conducted by high-flying Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny, who popped in for a surprise visit to Flynn Park. The Dundalk boss stayed around for to sign autographs and pose for pictures and discuss Dundalk's Airtricity League chances with the eager kids.

The U-13 section was won by top Dublin academy St Kevin's Boys U-12 squad who beat Parkvilla 5-0 in the final. The sides also met in the group stages with Parkvilla catchign the Dubliners cold with a surprise 2-0 win.

Bellurgan U-13s also have the DDSL kingpins a scare in the semi-finals by twice taking the lead only to lose out 4-2 in the end.

The U-11 Player of the Tournament went to Windmill Stars Dylan Quinn with Evan Caffrey from Crumlin claiming the top goalscorer gong.

In the U-13 tournament Bellurgan's own Conor Watters was named top player for his displays, while Aaron Caulfield finished as top scorer.

The initial feedback from all teams was that they would be back next year when it is hoped to have tournaments at U-11, U-12, U-13 and U-14. A lot of hard work went in to making it such an enjoyable days and Bellurgan would like to thank Fran Donnelly, Austin Traynor, Elaine Murphy, and Colm and Diana Woods for all their hard work.

Groundsmen Carl Flynn, Seamus Gregory and Sean Murphy had the pitches in pristine condition and the whole day wouldn't have been possible without the support of sponsors Fastfix, Baldwin Jewellers, Colm Woods, Dundalk Paint Store and G&M Precisions. The club woulod also like to thank Dundalk Schoolboys League and resident photographers Martin Gregory and Michael Cotter from Shutterbugs Photography.

The Argus