On Saturday the 22nd of July 2017, Crosshaven AFC hosted an Inter-Pub 7aside charity event in aid of marymount hospice. There was 13 adult teams competed, from local pubs and business. They were divided up into 4 groups. Group A had 4 teams while groups B,C and D had 3 teams. Winner of each group then proceeded to a semi final, then the final. On the grounds on the day we had tea/coffee, cakes and a BBQ all in aid of marymount. The sun was beaming down as the crowds started to gather to see the first matches take place.
Group A consisted of Fitzys, Buckleys, Tennis Club and R.C.Y.C . Buckleys took on fitzys in the first game of the group which turned out to be a goal thriller, where both teams were even heading into the last 3 mins. But Alan Connolly tucked 2 away just before the final whistle to give fitzys a 6-4 win. Second came was RCYC v Tennis Club where both teams got an early goal but neither could snatch another before the final whistle. Which meant game had to see a penalty shootout. Both keepers where outstanding but finished with the RCYC winning 2-0 on penos. 3rd game saw fitzys v Tennis Club where the game got of to a great start by both teams but the tennis club took a 3-1 lead that wasn’t for long as fitzys strengthened from the bench and came out 4 -3 winners. 4th game saw Buckleys v RCYC where Buckleys stepped up there game and came out 8-4 winners. Going into the last 2 games of the group saw a 3 teamed race to get through as fitzys had 2 wins and RCYC and Buckleys with 1 win each it could have went down to goal difference to get to the semis. But fitzys out shone there class on the day by storming passed a very tired RCYC team coming out 15 -1 winners to claim their spot in the semis.
Group B consisted of The oar, Crosshaven AFC and Croinins. 1st game saw Crosshaven AFC take on the oar in a game that was very 1 sided. John Duggan put away a hat-trick in the first half, but the oar where unable to respond. Crosshaven AFC put away 3 more in the second half to come away 6 – 0 winners. 2nd game seen Cronins v Crosshaven AFC which proved to be an exciting game of ball between both teams. Crosshaven AFC came out 4-2 winners which meant Crosshaven AFC had put themselves into the semis. Cronins then faced the oar in the last game of the group which seen the oar storm passed there opponents 9-0 for them to grab second place in the group.
Group C consisted of Rugby Club, Centra and the Drake. 1st game of the group saw the Drake v Rugby Club, which was a sensational start for the Drake who powered over there opponents 7 -1. The second game saw Centra v Drake, where centra couldn’t get off the mark as a very powerful team from the Drake tucked away 3 goals in 3 mins. They then went on to win 12 – 0. This saw the Drake through to the semis. The final game saw the rugby club and centra battle it out for 2nd place in the group, where it was an end to end game of football. But the rugby club fitness level showed as they got 3 goals in the last 5mins to beat centra 6-3.
Group D consisted of Pipers, GAA club and the Lodge Bar. First game saw pipers v GAA club, the GAA club showed that they were out to win the competition from the off go as they put away 8 goals in the game. But in the dying minutes of the game Mark piper scored a consolation goal to put the final score line to 8 – 1. Second game saw the GAA club v lodge bar, both teams battled it out in a cracker of a match that seen the teams level 1-1 Going into the last few mins. The lodge upped their game as they knew if they lost the GAA would get through. But with some great pressure from the lodge in the final 3rd, Jamie Byrne in the GAA goal pulled off some remarkable saves. The lodge got caught on the break when majella mccarthy tucked the ball home to see the GAA club through to the semis. Last game of the group was battle for 2nd place as pipers took on the lodge Bar. This game proved to be all 1 sided as the lodge stormed out 8 – 1 winners.
With the group stages over it was onto the semis. The semis saw the the winners of group A  (Fitzys) take on the winners of group B (Drake). This game was going to be a cracker, judging by there performances in the group stages. Both teams got off to a great start but fitzys seemed to be on top. The drake started to get very frustrated as they were tipped as winners going into the tournament. They finally settled down getting back on the ball and tucked away a great goal to take the lead. But they knew there job wasn’t done there, as fitzys responded within minutes with great play to bring the game level. In the end the experience and quality of the Drakes players proved to be the difference as they tucked away the winner. This saw the Drake through to the final 2 – 1 winners.
In the other semi final it was a battle of the neighbouring clubs Crosshaven AFC v GAA club. This was sure to be an intense game of football as neither team would have wanted to loose to each other. Both teams played outstanding football and went in at half time 0 – 0. The GAA showed the youth in there team in the second half as the legs were getting tired on Crosshaven AFC. The GAA put 2 goals away within minutes of each other. But up stepped Ray Connolly for Crosshaven AFC who finished from a tight angle to make it game on. The GAA were under a lot of pressure in the dying minutes from Crosshaven AFC but got a break away to put the game to bed. GAA winning 3 – 1 on the day to see them through to the final.
The final saw big crowds gather around to witness what was going to be a great game between the Drake and the GAA club. Both teams got off very strong, with only the cup in their sights. After a long day of football and tired legs mistakes where imminent. But the Drake held firm to come out 3 – 0 winners.
The presentation followed straight after the final. Where there was 2 other awards up for grabs. First award was the golden boot which was taken home by Alan Connolly of Fitzys who scored an impressive 11 goals on the day. The second award was for player of the tournament which went to Stevie Christopher of Fitzys who picked up 3 man of the match’s on the day. The last trophy of the day was the inter-pub cup which was lifted high by the Drake. Who were worthy winners on the day.
Crosshaven AFC would like to thank our volunteers on the day, Jackie Kiely, Maria O’Keeffe, Sue Merchant, Barry Fitzgibbon, Henry McSorley, Jackie McCarthy, Nicole Sheehan, Ray Merchant, Conal Wrigley, Paula Foley,Martin O’Keeffe and Richie Duggan.
Crosshaven AFC would also like to thank all our sponsors for the event.
Tom Durcan meats for supply of burgers.
M+P O’Sullivan’s for minerals.
Cork Glass for buns, tea/coffee and crisps.
Cork Trophy Centre for awards.
GAA club for use of goals.
Dan Aherne Painting and Decorating for Juvenile cup.
Adrian Ryan for football’s.
Crowleys Gala ballygarven for water.
The Carrigdhoun – Media Sponors
We would also like to thank all competitors and all those who made cakes, sandwiches and donated on the day. Also to the buisnesses who kept a bucket on their premises for the week leading up to the event. We are delighted with the response we got on the day and will look forward to a new annual event.