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Killavilla ace joe honoured

AFTER a best ever performance in the Kennedy Cup this year, the Midland Schoolboys/Girls League kicks off its 2010/2011 season with renewed vigour next Saturday.

The league will have 20 divisions this season with over 160 teams taking part, catering for boys and girls from Under 10 up to Under 16.

Participation is particularly hectic at Boys Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 level, where there are three divisions each.

There are two Boys Under 14 divisions, an Under 15 Division and two Boys Under 16 divisions.

For girls, there are Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 Divisions, with 11 teams listed for the Under 12 section.

AT least two players had very good reasons to be especially pleased with themselves after the Midland Schoolboys League's super run to the quarter-finals of the Kennedy Cup during the summer.

Killavilla's Joe Moloney was named as the Midland team's Player of the Tournament at the end of a campaign in Limerick which saw the Under 13 side win their group.

Joe was one of five Killavilla players in the squad, the others being Fergal Flanagan, Steven Byrne, TJ Donoghue and Evan Fitzpatrick.

While Joe Moloney caught the eye of some, a Birr Town player caught the eye of others. Val Feeney performed well enough in the tournament to earn himself a week-long trial at mega-euro Premiership club Manchester City.

Val was also called up for the FAI's 18-man squad for the Hibernia Cup, the annual tournament hosted by St Joseph's Boys, Dublin.

The youngster was a key player during the Kennedy Cup, setting up goals in two matches and it is the quality of his deliveries which interested the watching scouts.

The Midland side won their group with victories over Limerick Desmond and Galway, and a draw with Drogheda.

They were beaten in the quarter-finals by eventual Cup finalists South Dublin and eventually finished in seventh place with a win over the Longford League.

KILLAVILLA players also made their mark in the Gaynor Cup this summer with Grainne Egan and Stephanie Nolan both scoring for North Munster during the tournament.

Killavilla Under 16 goalkeeper Laura Walsh was also in the girls representative competition and the presence of all three underlined the strides being made in schoolgirls soccer by the Roscrea club.

MUCKLAGH Schoolboys & Girls Club come into this season with an enviable reputation for fair play.

They finished off last term with a trip to Wales for a tournament which featured clubs from the football associations in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Mucklagh were the only club from the Republic present and their four teams scooped all of the available Fair Play awards.

In addition, goalkeeper Darragh Burke was presented with a Golden Ball award by former Liverpool star John Barnes.

"This club is built on the ethos of playing every game to win but to win fair and show our team mates, opposition and referees respect," said proud club chairman David Bryant.