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

End of Season

Last night saw us end this season with our final training session and it was a great night. The kids had a treat at the end of the training session with an ice cream van arriving which they loved. We hope everyone had a great season of soccer and enjoy the summer before we resume in the autumn for the new season.

A big thank you to our coaches who give their time every week to coach our kids and to those who do a lot of work behind the scenes that sometimes goes unnoticed . If there are any parents who would like to help out next season we would love to have you. It’s important we get more parents involved with our growing age groups so we can give the best training possible to the kids.

A very special thank you to 3 young guys Diarmuid Nolan, James Long O’Leary and Cian Jeffers who help with the coaching. The boys have played with Glouthaune Utd in the past and have come back to help coach our U10’s for the last few seasons. We would be lost without their help.

Lastly, it is great to see our club grow every year and the new kids that joined us this year has been great. We are always delighted to have new players join us so if you know any kids from any age group that would like to join please feel free to bring them along when we resume in the Autumn.

I have photos from yesterday which I will post later.

Hope everyone has a great summer and enjoy the break and we see you all in the Autumn.

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All matches cancelled this weekend

The CSL have issued a directive the all matches are cancelled this weekend March 4th & 5th due to the adverse weather conditions.

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All Training cancelled this Friday March 2nd 2018.

Due to the current weather warning in place for Munster and in the interest of the health and safety of children, training is cancelled this Friday March 2nd for all age groups.

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FAI Garda Vetting Form

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We are pleased to announce our Facebook page Glounthaune United A.F.C. Please follow and like our page for updates and Club news.

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Academy Training

Academy training is held every Friday in Sars All Weather pitch Riverstown from 5pm to 6pm (for the winter months). Cost of hire is €2 per child.

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U11 & U12 Boys Training

U11 & U12 Boys train in Carrigtwohill All Weather pitch every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Cost of pitch hire is €3 per child.

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Link for FAI Standard Registration Form

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Small Sided Games

The Small Sided Games gives our younger members of the club their first experience of “League Soccer”. Games normally start in early April and run through to mid June.

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End of Season Blitz – link to photos

Glounthaune Utd held their End of Season Blitz today Saturday June 25th for the Academy, U10s, U11s and U12s to round off a great season.

Click on this link for todays photos:

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Link to photos of the U13 Cup Final

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Awards Night

Our Annual Awards Night is Sunday 10th April – 5pm to 7pm in the Radisson Hotel, Little Island

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Congratulations Adam Mylod and Ultan O’Callaghan

Hearty congratulations to Adam Mylod and Ultan O’Callaghan of U13 Boys team who last Wednesday March 23rd were selected to represent Glounthaune Utd on the Kennedy Cup Squad.

The Kennedy Cup is played off in Limerick in June. Best of luck to the lads – we are very proud of you!

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Brian Barry Life FM “Man of the Match”

Congratulations to Brian Barry on of our U12 Boys team on receiving his Life Fm” Man of the Match” award which was presented to him on Sunday February 1st by John Patrick of Life FM.

Brian receives his award for his part in a hard fought National Cup game v Watergrasshill on December 12th 2009. Well done Brian – take a bow!!

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Niall Barry – Life FM “Man of the Match”

Congratulations to Niall Barry of our U13 Boys team for receiving the Life FM award of “Man of the Match” in a nailbiting National Cup game v Strand Utd on Sunday 27th September last.

Niall will be presented with his trophy this Saturday 10th October before our U13 league game v Avondale in Glenmore Park k.o. 11.45am by Donal Kelleher of the CSL. Congratulations to Brian Lee coach, Niall and the rest of the team on a deserved and well fought victory over Strand Utd – way to go lads!!!

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Glounthaune United “Cork On Ice” Fundraiser

A great day was had by all the members (and some brave parents!) last Thursday November 13th at Cork On Ice.

Sincere thanks to Orla & Bill Cremin for organising the event to benefit the Club.

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Glounthaune United Annual Awards Event

Our annual Awards Event will be held in the Radisson Hotel, Little Island on Sunday 9th September next from 6pm to 8pm.

We will be recognising the achievments of our young players for the season 2006/07.

Parents and family are very welcome.

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Academy/U10 Girls End of Season Blitz

Last Friday 22nd June we held our Annual End of Season Blitz. In what proved to be a very successful event 83 children battled it out in the Dutch Vision League system where every child got to play six matches and they were graded on each game.

The event was co-ordinated by Dave Bell a very good friend of Glounthaune United over the years who currently holds a position as Football Development Officer with the Welsh F.A.

Academy Trainers Billy Milner, JB McCarthy and Cian Spillane kept a watchful eye over the U14 boys who were drafted in to help. Many thanks to Conor Barry, Ciaran Finnegan, Andrew Gannon, Dylan McNamara, Dan O’Brien and Ryan O’Neill for their expert refereeing and prompt result reporting on the day.

For the U10 Girls Trainers John Hayes and Tim Patterson did the honours. Thanks to Megan Spillane and Ciara Murphy for looking after the younger girls, refereeing matches and reporting results – take a bow girls! We were lucky with the weather and the event got off with precision timing once all the children had been registered and accounted for.

Sincere thanks to Noreen Gannon for making the last minute dash to Ballincollig to secure the medals and trophies for the children, many thanks also to Sonia McNamara for all her help recording scores, registering children and generally keeping tabs on everything.

Winners: Under 7 Boys 1st Keelan Lee 2nd Adam O’Connor 3rd Luke O’Connor

Winners: Under 9 Boys 1st Julian Power 2nd Chris O’Keeffe 3rd Daniel Woodward

Winners Under 10 Girls 1st Zoe Poullain Patterson 2nd Sarah Nagle 3rd Emer Gilroy

Well done to eveyrone concerned!!

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Glounthaune Utd duo respresent Cork in the U13 Umbro Kennedy Cup

Congratulations to Ciaran Finnegan and Dylan McNamara who represented Glounthaune Utd and Cork in the Umbro Kennedy Cup in Limerick last week.

The Cork Team made it to the Cup Final on Friday June 15th after beating Cavan 5 – 0, Longford 6 – 0, Kilkenny 1 – 0, Donegal 1 – 0 to meet the favourites DDSL. Unfortunately, victory was not in store for the Cork boys and they were beaten 0 – 2 for DDSL to get four in a row.

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Cork Cup – The Farm Bishopstown – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2007

We had four boys teams competing U9 Boys (two teams), U11 Boys and U14 Boys this weekend.

Both our U9 Boys teams came away with runners up medals. Our U11 Boys were runners up in the final of the Shield after a nil all draw at fulltime, they were unfortunate to lose 3 – 2 on penalties. The U14 Boys had a very sporting match against Riverstown this afternoon in a decider for third and fourth place in the Cup and were unlucky to lose in a penalty shoot out.

The U14 Girls came away winners of the Challenge Cup this being a double triumph for a very successful team as they have already won the CWSSL League for 2006/07.

Pictures and more indepth reports to follow….

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Glounthaune Utd U12 and U14 Girls – League Winners!

For the second year running Glounthaune Utd U14 Girls Team have come top of their table and won the U14 1st Division League. Tom O’Connell Chairman of the Cork Womens & Schoolgirls Soccer League presented the girls with their award last night at Glenmore Park.

The U12 Girls have had similar success winning the U12 1st Division League. Their award was presented to them in Bandon last month by League Secretary Marie O’Leary.

The success of the girls is in no small part due to the dedication and hard working trainers John Hayes and Greg Twomey ably assisted by Laura Cashman.

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U12 & U16 Girls Trip to Manchester – Easter 2007

Glounthaune United Girls had a busy Easter period. They travelled to Manchester and represented Glounthaune with pride.

On the opening day of the tournament April 7th, the U12 Team defeated Johnsville Waterford 6 – 0, Jayne Bruen scoring four goals one each for Angie Carry and Emer Gilroy. This was followed by a 4 – 1 win over Oldham with Jayne Bruen scoring another three goals and one from Clodagh Lane. Blackpool defeated Glounthaune in the third game by 2 – 0.

On Sunday the side drew with Manchester City who subsequently won the Manchester Cup and in the Challenge Cup Final drew with English side Thornton Cleaverleys. The teams were still level after extra time so on to penalties. It looked good when Glounthaune were 3 – 2 ahead but then matters ended in very controversial circumstances. Emer Gilroy hit the crossbar and the ball then struck the keeper on the head and ended up in the net. Emer celebrated but the English referee disallowed the goal “because the ball came off the bar?. However, the rule clearly states one movement as was the case in the 2004 European Championship when the goal stood. However further disappointment followed when the second sudden death well struck penalty by Ciara Barry was “scored? but again the referee disallowed it “because the whole ball did not cross the line?. The girls were of course disappointed and Glounthaune United U12 Girls had to finish with runners up trophies. This was indeed a great achievement.

The U16 Girls Team had three games on the opening day. The suffered a 2 – 0 defeat to Bolton and lost 1 – 0 to Blackburn whilst they defeated Stalybridge 2 – 1. On the second day the side lost to Manchester City and drew with Wigan. There was also of course a social aspect to the trip with the usual marathon shopping sprees at the Arndale and Trafford Centres and a visit to the famous Opera House for “Fame The Musical?. A visit to the famous Old Trafford Museum was also popular.

The very weary travelling party arrived back at the “Tree? at 11.00am on Tuesday the 10th April.

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U14 Boys Trip to Carmarthen – Easter 2007

Glounthaune United victorious in Welsh tournament

Irish players have long been demonstrating their skills in UK soccer and the U14 boys from Glounthaune were no exception during their recent trip to Carmarthen in Wales for the annual Carmarthen Town F.C. sponsored Under-14 Academy played at Richmond Park in the town. They met teams from Haverfordwest, Llandovery and Carmarthen and not only returned to Glounthaune with the silverware but with many new Welsh friends.

The opening game was a tough one against Llandovery. After a nervous start a well engineered goal expertly placed by Kieran Crowley helped the Glounthuane side to settle down shortly after which Ali Zaid further built on Glounthaune’s lead by capitalising on some superb teamwork from Glounthaune’s front line. Llandovery failed to score and an impressive early success in the tournament cemented the strong competitive drive in the Cork squad.

Game two against Haverfordwest was a very different game of football. The Welsh side set a different pace and showed clear determination to succeed against the Irish visitors. Glounthaune adjusted well however and an opening goal by Kieran Crowley unsettled the Haverfordwest side after which they never really regained their composure. Stephen Jones despite his Welsh surname demonstrated once again how hungry for victory this Glounthaune team were by sinking a second goal and wrapping up this game in a similar fashion to the first.

The third game against Carmarthen was a carbon copy of the first two in goal-scoring terms. Once again Kieran Crowley demonstrated some of his by-now-expected magic, Christian Davis followed with a second Glounthaune goal and victory was sealed. In the semi-final against Llandovery, Glounthaune’s winning streak continued, while the Welsh side failed to score, goals from Andrew Gannon, Conor Barry & Stephen Jones demonstrated once again that this Cork side was not to be messed with despite having to finish the game with 10 men because of a Kieran Crowley injury.

And so to the final against Haverfordwest. Once bitten twice shy as they say and this Welsh side had monitored Glounthaune carefully in the course of the competition and re-formed impressively to give it all they had. Nathan Glyn of Haverfordwest battled unbelievably in a hard fought game but failed to prevent Glounthaune scoring their first goal late in the first half despite some questionable decisions by the referee. Stephen Jones came to the fore shortly after play resumed to score again for Glounthaune ensuring yet another 2-0 victory for the Cork side when the final whistle blew.

Apart from their victories on the field Glounthaune left with many new friends and a lot of respect! The trip also included a visit to Reading Football Club (now home to ex-Cork City stars Kevin Doyle & Alan Bennett) and a training session in Swindon. The squad returned to Glounthaune tired but victorious and looking forward to further encounters

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Cork Cup – 27th and 28th May 2006

Glounthaune Utd U12 Girls took part in the “Cork Cup? at the Farm on the 27th and 28th May last. The girls played Harborough Town, Buttevant, Johnville and Carriagline. A special mention to the girls who gave fantastic performances: Emer Cronin, Cliona Fitzpatrick, Susan Lynch, Niamh Quirke, Hollie McNamara, Christina Killian, Alison Murphy, Maeve Byron, Emma O’Keeffe, Orla Barry, Orlaith Keane, Abby Cronin, Emma Gannon, Ciara Barry, Aoife Revins, Jayne Bruen, Jennifer Murphy, Jessica Spillane and Bronagh Daly.

The final was against Harborough Town and what an exciting final it was!! The match ended 1 – 1 with Orlaith Keane scoring. After extra time the sides were still level so on to the dreaded penalty shoot out! After some fantastic goals and saves we lost a sporting match on sudden death. This was an outstanding performance from the girls! Well done to all concerned.

Glounthaune Utd boys also took part in the “Cork Cup? were we entered teams U13, U12 and U10. The U13 boys were unfortunate to lose to Leeds 3 – 2 in extra time earning them 4th place. The U12 boys beat Riverstown to give them 3rd place. The U10 boys had a busy campaign, beating Bridge Reds, drawing with St. Francis and were unlucky to be beaten by Blarney and also had a superb 5 – 0 victory over Riverstown. The boys were unfortunate to lose the semi final to Ringmahon. Coming 2nd in the tournament was a great achievement and well done to all concerned!

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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 “The Tree? 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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