Soccer News - Monday 21 Jun 2004
Joseph’s players help Carlow League to best ever finish in Kennedy cup
Four St. Joseph’s players helped the Carlow and District schoolboys league team to their best ever result at the S.F.A.I. Kennedy Cup soccer tournament at the University of Limerick last week. Conor Byrne who captained the side together with his clubmates Ryan Curran, David O’Shea and Padraic Whelan all performed well in the 5-day event that attracted 30 different league teams from every corner of Ireland.
The Carlow team raised many eyebrows when running the subsequent Kennedy Cup winners D.D.S.L. to a single goal scored in stoppage time in the opening game of the tournament. The Carlow performance was put in context when the Dublin team laden with players from Cherry Orchard, Home Farm, Shelbourne and Belvedere went on to register 6-0, 5-0, and 4-0, victories prior to winning the tournament after a penalty shoot out against Cork. Carlow were very impressive in scoring wins against Wicklow and Wexford which saw them finish second in their group and they were desperately unlucky in the Kennedy Bowl semi-final with Dundalk only losing out to a late winner from the Louth League side after scoring first through Donal Kingston of Stretford who plays Gaelic football with Tinryland U14s and U16s.
There was further good news at the conclusion of the Kennedy Cup when Carlow was awarded the prestigious fair play trophy ahead of the 29 other League teams and at the end of the tournament Carlow had improved their ranking from 25th to 12th which was no little achievement.