WATCH: Spar soccer competition is a huge success at the Cross with 192 boys and girls taking part

WATCH: Spar soccer competition is a huge success at the Cross with 192 boys and girls taking part
Cathal O'Sullivan in action for St Joseph's Riverstown against St Anthony's BNS, Ballinlough.Picture: Larry Cummins.

THE Cork Finals of the Spar FAI Primary School 5-a-side Soccer took place recently in Turner’s Cross, with Cork City players Colm Horgan, Conor McCormack and Shane Daly-Butz on hand to present medals to the winning teams.

Twenty-four Primary Schools with 192 boys and girls from Cork City and County gathered with their teachers, coaches and supporters to put on a spectacular display of skill on the well-appointed surface. In Monday's Echo there is an eight-page special with action and team pictures from the superbly-organised event.

Cork FAI schools coordinator Fergus McDaid thanked the many clubs in Cork for their continued support in making their facilities available annually.

“The large travelling support of the schools generated a terrific atmosphere and the high-quality play of the boys and girls was greeted with enthusiastic chanting and cheering,” said McDaid

“We are very grateful to the MFA. for the use of Turner’s Cross, the Cork Referees Society and FAI development officers Dave Bell, Stephen O'Mahony, Nick Harrison, Ray Claffey and Mick Conroy for all their help,” he added.

“Also to our sponsors Spar, Regional Manager Barry Doyle, SPAR Retailer Sean O Reilly (Carrigrohane and Bandon) and SPAR representative Roy O’Mahony we say a big thanks.”

Goalscorer James Ryan attacks up the wing for Ballintemple NS, Crab Lane. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Goalscorer James Ryan attacks up the wing for Ballintemple NS, Crab Lane. Picture: Larry Cummins.

As a result of their success in being crowned Cork champions, the girls from Ballyheada NS, Ballinhassig, St Patrick’s NS, Whitechurch, and Ovens NS along with the boys from Trafrask NS, Adrigole, Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann and Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown represented Cork in the Spar FAI Primary Schools 5-a-side Munster Finals.

The rise in the number of girls putting boot to ball has been particularly pleasing for the Cork Primary schools game and for sponsors, Spar this is a massive boost as 42% of participants are now female.

Participation in the girl’s division of the Spar FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme reached an all-time high this year with 15,344 fourth to sixth class girls registered.

Scoil Padre Pio, Churchfield were runners-up in their section at the Cork finals. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Scoil Padre Pio, Churchfield were runners-up in their section at the Cork finals. Picture: Larry Cummins.

Dave Archbold, Secretary of FAI Schools was thrilled with yet another annual increase in participation.

“This is our fifth year with title sponsors Spar and I am delighted to report that the competition has grown yet again and now firmly holds the title of the largest primary schools’ competition in the country,” Archbold said.

“Spar's ongoing support, both nationally and at a local level, has ensured the ongoing success of the programme and given 36,616 children an opportunity to get involved in a professionally-run, fun and inclusive programme.

“FAI Schools look forward to welcoming schools to the National Finals on Wednesday in Aviva Stadium."

A goal from the penalty spot for Cloghroe against Ovens. Picture: Larry Cummins.
A goal from the penalty spot for Cloghroe against Ovens. Picture: Larry Cummins.

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