NCAFC U13’s have fun packed weekend in Scotland

By Conlon Morrison, NCAFC Youth Academy Manager

On Friday past 4th April the NCAFC U13 team participated in the ESF Soccer Tournament in Ayr, Scotland. We played 6 matches in total – 4 matches on Saturday and 2 matches on Sunday, which was followed by a presentation where all players were presented with a trophy by former Celtic and Bayern Munich striker Alan McInally.

The U13 team get presented their trophies by Alan McInally
The U13 players and coaches along with Alan McInally

We stayed in Craig Tara Haven in Ayr. Our transport was provided by our U13 Sponsor Matthews Coach Hire who provided an excellent service, our Coach Driver was Colm Murphy who is also our U13 assistant Coach, photography was completed by Adrian Poucher, food & entertainment was managed by Bernard Connolly, the health and safety officer was Conlon Morrison assisted in every way by John Treanor and Cathal McConville. We had an entire family with us – Paul and Josephine Matthews and their daughter Eimear, who was delighted to be presented with a trophy as well.

The U13 players that took part in the tournament were as follows:

Jason Rush
Connor Mathews
Tiernan Murphy
James Poucher
Matthew Treanor
Matthew McGinn
Shea Morgan
Nathan Crudden
Joseph Connolly
Sean McConville
Joseph Connolly
Tiernan O Reilly
Tyler Dodds
Tiernan Russell

We played the following teams in the tournament:

Gleniffer Thistle FC
Blackburn Utd
Portadown Youth
Northside Youths
Giffnock SC
Harmony Row

Some of the games we won, some we drew and some we lost. Everyone really enjoyed the trip and we look forward to next year when we will be inviting everyone involved in the Newry City AFC Soccer Academy to make it the biggest Soccer trip for youth from the Newry area in years.

Some photos from the trip can be viewed below. Click thumbnails to view larger image.

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