Longford & District Schoolboy/girl Soccer League

Longford & District Schoolboy/girl Soccer League

Established 1991

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Gaynor Cup 2017


First Longford & District Girls team to reach a Gaynor Final

Gaynor Cup 2017

First Longford & District Girls team to reach a Gaynor Final

Longford & District Schoolboy/girl League took part in both the Under 14 and under 16 Gaynor Cup in the University of Limerick held over four days from 22 to 25 June. This year for the first time ever both the U14s and U16s were held in the same week.  A total of 41 League teams took part from all areas of the country. The accommodation at the University was stretched to the limit and the Longford League were in the Cappavilla apartments, much further away than usual from the playing fields.

The Under 14 teams were in 7 groups of three teams, giving two games in the group stages for Longford. The first game was a very local derby against the Mid-Western League, formerly Roscommon and East Galway who ran out 2-0 winners. Friday morning saw Longford play the Metropolitan Girls League ( MGL ) one of the top teams in the country. The previous day MGL could only draw with the Mid-Western League so they determined to make amends against Longford. Three goals for MGL in the first 5 minutes gave Longford no chance.

Following these games Longford qualified for the Gaynor Plate and got a bye to the semi-final. This game was against the North Eastern Counties League who accounted for Longford by winning 3-0. On Sunday morning there was one last game against Wexford for placings. This was a very tight game with very little between the teams with Wexford getting two goals towards the end.

The Under 16 teams were in 4 groups of five teams, which meant Longford had 4 games in 2 days. First up were North Tipperary. 0-0 at half time, meant there was all to play for in the second half. A great shot from Longford was saved by the keeper, but Longford’s Ally Cahill put it to the back of the net. This was the only score in the game and was a great start for Longford.

In the afternoon Longford drew 0-0 with Mayo. A good day’s work with 4 points on the board and no goals conceded.

The following morning Longford were playing Wexford. Half time saw Longford 2-0 up thanks to goals from Holly Carrig and Ally Cahill.

Five minutes into the second half Longford were awarded a penalty which was duly converted by Leah Brady. 3-0 up now, surely the game was in the bag. Wexford came back with a goal of their own to make it 3-1.  Longford made sure of victory when Kayla Brady bundled the ball into the back of the net to make 4-1.

Cork were the opponents later that day. Longford went behind for the first time but Kayla Brady rescued the game with an equalising goal.

4 games, 8 points top of the group on Friday night. However Cork still had one more game on Saturday morning. Cork had to win the game by three clear goals to top the group. A tall order but Cork did it,  to reach the Gaynor Cup semi-final while Longford were in the semi-final of the Gaynor Shield.

The draw at high noon pitted Longford against Donegal to be played later that day. Two great goals from Clodagh Dillon gave Longford victory over Donegal to reach the Gaynor Shield Final. The promised land; within sight of silverware! The Final against Inishowen ( had we not beaten them in the 3rd place play-off two years ago? Surely we could do it again). It proved to be a very tight game 0-0 at half time. However two second half goals in quick succession gave Inishowen a 2-0 lead. There was still 15 minutes to go and time for Longford to come back; but alas it was not to be and Longford had to settle for the Runners-up medals which were presented by Gaynor Cup Committee member Pat Harnett.

In the Gaynor Cup finals MGL and Galway continued their dominance with MGL winning the U16 Gaynor Cup and the Galway League winning the U14 Gaynor Cup.



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