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The Louth U12 ETP squad who faced Cork in Monasterboice.

The Louth U12 ETP squad who faced Cork in Monasterboice.

Louth U13s took on Cork in Monasterboice, home of Albion Rovers FC.

Louth U13s took on Cork in Monasterboice, home of Albion Rovers FC.

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The Louth U12 ETP squad who faced Cork in Monasterboice.

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AS Red Weddings go, the meeting of Louth and Cork on Monday was a very friendly affair.

The west Cork natives came to Monasterboice with U12 and U13 teams ready for action, closing out their four-day tour of Belfast and the northern counties.

For Louth it was a great opportunity for the U12 and U13 ETP squads to get some game time together.

Both Louth teams would take victory on the day and for the U13s, who head down to Galway for their own tournament this week, it was the perfect preparation.

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The girls will be travelling down to Salthill where they will play five matches in four days and hope to come back with more silverware for the county.

As the Gaynor Cup squad found out in June, tournament football is all about the squad and managing the game time and injuries of all the players.

It was fantastic, then, to see all of the girls get at least 30 minutes under their belt, and to see the easy way that the players slotted into different positions while keeping the formation intact.

Carolina Mota was particularly effective as a right wing back, and indeed it was her attack that broke the deadlock when Louth emerged from defence, and after taking on the midfield Carolina deftly chipped the keeper from outside the box.

But there were star performances throughout the pitch and it was well deserved when Rebecca Purcell scored the second goal in the second half.

Lucy Feeley had hit the stanchion moments before and Ruby Hynes, who had posed a threat all day, had also gone close with a long-range effort from the wing.

Elsewhere in the league, the club football scene has been the focus for much of the summer months, with league titles to be decided at U12 and U14 levels in the next few weeks.

Glen Magic and Albion Rovers will battle it out for the U14 Major title in August, whilst EMU Belles look to have the U12 Major division sown up.

Dromin U12s, in their debut season, look to be in a good position for the U12 Major 1 division, but a lot of football is still to be played there.

The tide of success in Louth shows no signs of letting up, and the next batch of talent is set to emerge this month as the 2011-born girls go through their ETP assessments in Dundalk.


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