On Saturday, at a sun baked Camden, Crosshaven AFC hosted the inaugural Schoolboys/girls Community Cup. With 5 a-side teams based on geography and locality, the tournament welcomed teams mixed across the U12 to U16 age groups. Due to the level of support from our members, 8 teams took to the fields in a blitz format of action packed 20 minutes games. Two groups of 4 teams played in league formats, with the top two teams advancing to semi-finals.
In Group 1, Brightwater’s two teams, Fennell’s Bay and a combined All-Stars selection shared honours in the early rounds. Brightwater Two (The Deane Team) got one over their neighbours, Brightwater One in the opening game before losing to Fennell’s Bay in the next round. The All-Stars who had earlier trounced the Bay were put to the sword by Brightwater One, so the final round had all four teams in contention. The All-Stars advanced in style and Brighwater One edged past Fennell’s Bay after a penalty shoot-out.
In Group 2, there was also penalty drama as Graball Bay beat Harbour View in a riveting opening fixture. 3-3 after full time, the match was decided on the ninth penalty in favour of Graball. Fountainstown/Myrtleville were beaten by The Village in the opening game, as indeed were all other teams in the group, as The Village marched into the semi-final unbeaten. Despite Harbour View’s second round win, a 6-5 victory over Fountainstown/Myrtleville also saw Graball Bay reach the last four.
Stamina was beginning to play a role at the semi-final stages of the proceedings. Brightwater One beat a visibly tiring Village Team 5-2 to advance to the final, where they faced the surprise package of the tournament Graball Bay, who had earlier edged past the All-Stars in their second successful penalty shoot-out of the day and a thrilling 3-3 draw in normal time.
With large crowds gathering at the venue for the adult tournament, Graball Bay beat a gallant but tiring Brightwater One Team in a close final. The winning team of Oisin, Jake, Sean, Shay and Ryan lifted the trophy for Graball Bay. David Twomey of the Village received the golden boot award and Peter Lehane of Brightwater One received player of the tournament. 42 children played in the tournament raising a neat €500 for Marymount. Many thanks to their parents and friends of Marymount for supporting a great new annual event at Crosshaven AFC.