Glounthaune United A.F.C., Cork | Youth and Children's Soccer Club

Amsterdam Trip

Last Easter the boys U14 Team travelled to Holland to compete in the Amsterdam Cup. There was an air of tremendous excitement and adventure on Good Friday afternoon as the party headed off from β€œThe Treeβ€? by luxury coach to Cork Airport. The flight was short and the happy group was met by Gilbert. He was the coach driver for the duration of their stay in Holland. Following a forty five minute drive the party was at their Duinrell Holiday Park base in Wassenaar. Coaches Jim Connolly and Leon Creamer called a meeting to brief all players and mentors on the rules of the tournament and explained what was expected of them.

Saturday could not come quickly enough for all present! There were four highly competitive games on offer. The first was against Scottish Club Edinburgh and Glounthaune had a 2 – 0 victory with goals from Diarmaid Ryng and Andrew Gannon. A Dutch side next and yet another victory, this time it was 2 – 0 with team Captain Diarmaid Ryng netting both. Glounthaune were up against another Dutch team for the third game and this ended a 0 – 0 draw. The final game of the day was against a side from Sweden and with a Conor Barry goal the game ended 1 – 0. Glounthaune were unbeaten and group winners.

On to day two and Gilbert ensured that it was an early morning start. Incidentally, he was a great help both as linesman and interpreter for the group. The first match was against Sheffield of England. This match ended 1 – 1 with Diarmaid Ryng the goal scorer. A Dutch side was next and with Diarmaid scoring a hat trick Glounthaune had a 3 – 0 victory. Dylan McNamara scored in their third game against a team from London and the game finished 1 – 1. The fourth game was against Northern Ireland opposition and with an Andrew Power goal a 1 – 1 draw was secured. The final game was against a local Dutch team Amsterdam and with a cheeky Conor Barry goal a 1 – 0 victory was the final result. FIFA rules were brought into contention which resulted in Glounthaune being placed third overall in the competition. This was a remarkable achievement. In doing so the team had a 1 – 0 victory over the Swedish winner and a creditable 1 – 1 draw against the Northern Ireland runners up.

The players had Monday to themselves and availed of the superb facilities in the Theme Park which occupied them for hours and provided endless fun. The full squad handled themselves in a very professional manner throughout the tournament both in their preparation before and during the games and were at all times very sporting to the opposing teams.

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