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Aer Rianta celebrate

DUBLIN Airport Authority Football Club celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a 'Gathering' event at the sun-drenched ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport.

The day kicked off with an inter-departmental seven-a-side tournament, with teams from various airport departments along with a team from Shannon and Manchester International Airports participating.

All 12 teams competed for the bragging rights of being crowned airport champions in the hotly-contested group stages.

After lunch, the semi-finals concluded with Airside Operations and the Trolly section proceeding to the final.

The final lived up to its expectations with little or no difference between both sides.

However, the deadlock was finally broken with two minutes remaining after a beautiful strike from Trolly's Ross Deegan rippled the back of the net for what proved to be the decisive strike.

Airside Operations had little or no opportunities to get level before the match referee brought the game to a halt.

The second part of the Gathering day included an exhibition game between Dublin Airport Authority Football Club and St Patrick's Athletic played on the main pitch at the ALSAA Complex.

The game provided pure entertainment for the armchair experts watching on from the balcony of the bar area with cold beverage in hand.

St. Patrick's Athletic eventually ran out winners, beating DAA Football Club 8-4 in a great game of attacking football.

Liam Buckley, St. Patrick's Athletic coach, expressed his happiness with how the game went, offering "it was a good opportunity to see some of our new guys in different situations".

The day-long Gathering event finished with a gala evening in the ALSAA pavilion, where DAA Football Club honoured 13 of the founding members along with the player-of-the-year awards for both club sides.

DAA would like to thank Meabh Leahy (CEO) for providing the facilities at ALSAA and all the staff at aLSAA who helped make the occasion the success that it proved to be. We now look forward to the 50th anniversary.