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LCAES Youthreach host All Ireland Indoor Soccer Tournament
15/02/2011 00:00:00

The All-Ireland Youthreach Indoor Soccer Final hosted by Youthreach, (Limerick City Adult Education Service), took place in Delta Soccer Dome in Ballysimon. The new and innovative purpose-built facility, managed by Darragh Droog, hosted 11 teams from all over the country who displayed fantastic sportsmanship, over four hours of soccer mania!

Two Limerick teams, Youthreach Hospital and Youthreach O’Connell Ave displayed their skill prominently. Andrew Duggan defended the goals valiantly, stepping into the role at short notice, while Michael Kavanagh unleashed several thunder bolts, enabling Darragh Hughes to become top goal scorer for the city team. Despite their efforts, both teams came up against more experienced competition and succumbed in the first round robin stage.

The final saw the clash of  current champions, North Great George’s Street (Dublin) and Cork side, Mallow. There was a great display of long distance shooting, yielding a high scoring game.  In the end, the Liffey side were victorious, taking home the Jacinta Stewart Perpetual Cup.

Event co-ordinator Kate Flynn, PE teacher, O’Connell Ave was “very pleased with how the tournament played off.  A day like this provides a great opportunity for Youthreach learners from all over the country to participate in an event together. We were delighted to host this event here, as Limerick City has been named European City of Sport 2011. It is wonderful to get such support especially from our sponsors Brian S Ryan Stationery Supplies in Dublin, who donated fantastic prizes for the winning team.  I am also very proud of how hard our own team worked in the run-up to the tournament and how well they did on the day”.

Left: Jacinta Stewart Perpetual Cup being presented to the competition winners-North Great Georges Street Youthreach, (Dublin) by LCAES AEO Mary Hamilton. Right: Limerick City AES Youthreach Team

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