THE sun may not have shone as it has in other years, but the games certainly made up for that as the John Kerins Memorial Tournament finals were held last Saturday at Páirc Uí Rinn.
This U11 football tournament is run by the gardaí in memory of their colleague and former Cork and St Finbarr’s goalkeeper John Kerins, who passed away at a young age.
After the quarter-finals it was St Nicholas v Glenville and Killeagh v Douglas in the cup semi-finals, whilst in the shield, Mayfield took on Crosshaven and Blarney faced Passage in the semis.
Like the quarter-finals, held earlier in the morning, the games were of the highest standard and it even took extra-time to separate two sides.
All must be complimented on the manner in which the games were conducted and the 'silent sidelines' was implemented for all games to give the young players the chance to just play.
Up first were the shield semi-finals, with Shane Casey, Oisin Buckley and Fionn O'Donovan playing their part to ensure Crosshaven made the final.
Morgan O'Keeffe, Sean Coughlan and Calum Griffin saw Passage get the better of Blarney in the other semi.
In probably the best game of the day it took extra-time to separate St Nicholas and Glenville in their cup clash. Glenville started well, with early goals from Jack Counihan and Donnacha O'Leary, but Nick's hit back through Josh Brosnan and Adam Mannix.
A late score from Glenville took it to extra-time, where a Mannix goal and some great saves from Morgan Crowley saw Nick's advance to the final.
The other semi-final was also close, with Killeagh a point up at half-time. But thanks to the likes of Liam Cregan, Darragh O'Connor and Fionn O'Sullivan Douglas hit back to reach the final.
First up was the shield final, with Jimmy O'Donovan putting Crosshaven into an early lead, before Sean Coughlan equalised.
A last point from Oisin Buckley saw Crosshaven lead 3-3 to 3-2 at half-time. A goal from Fionn O'Keeffe and a point from Conor McCarthy extended their lead, before Coughlan goaled for Passage to put just two points between them.
Jimmy O'Donovan was on target for Crosshaven, to make it 5-4 to 4-2, but Passage weren't finished yet.
Griffin pointed and then he goaled from a free, but time was against them as Crosshaven won the shield for the first time, having been in four finals.
In the cup final Douglas got off to a good start,with Adam Kelly scoring and a point from Thomas Murray helped them to a 1-2 to no score lead.
O'Connor and Murray added points, before Rory McSweeney got Nick's off the mark.
Ben O'Mahony got their second, but on the day Douglas were a bit too strong to as they ran out winners of the cup, despite the best efforts of their opponents.